Agreement to make transfers easier for Georgia Military College students at Columbus State

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Courtesy of Columbus State University Columbus State University president Tim Mescon, left, and Georgia Military College president William B. Caldwell IV have signed an agreement to count more than 120 courses as academic credit toward a degree at either school.

Students who start their college career at Georgia Military College will have an easier time finishing their degree at Columbus State University, thanks to an agreement CSU announced Thursday.

More than 120 courses will count as academic credit toward a degree at either school, according to the news release.

"Our partnership with Georgia Military College is incredibly important and valuable to us," Columbus State University president Tim Mescon said in the release. The Columbus branch of GMC, whose main campus is in Milledgeville, Ga., has been a conduit for many majors at Columbus State, especially into CSU's online RN-to-BSN degree, Mescon said.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, the president of Georgia Military College and a Columbus native, said in the release that he hopes to be able to send more students to Columbus State, keeping them in the community and helping them succeed.

"I really do look at us as the feeder school for Columbus State University," he said. "This gives our students options. Whatever they've done (at GMC) can be easily transferable."

The agreement is part of CSU's effort to comply with Gov. Nathan Deal's Complete College Georgia initiative, which calls for more collaboration among the state's institutions of higher learning to increase the number of adults with certificates or degrees while the schools maintain a commitment to quality, the release said.

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