Officials said this week an agreement between the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Independent College Association will make it easier for technical college graduates to enter many four-year private colleges in Georgia with transfer of credit hours.
Representatives of the two organizations signed the Transfer Articulation Agreement in a State Capitol ceremony recently.
Under the agreement, a Technical College System of Georgia student having a minimum of a 2.5 Grade Point Average for all academic work attempted at a SACS-accredited TCSG institution and an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a TCSG institution will be admitted to participating Georgia Independent College Association member baccalaureate degree-granting institutions.
Officials noted that admission to the GICA participating institution does not guarantee admission to specific majors or programs.
Participating GICA institutions include Toccoa Falls College, Brenau University, Emmanuel College, Piedmont College, Truett-McConnell College, Young Harris College, and others.
Meanwhile, North Georgia Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia.
GICA President Dr. Susanna Baxter said that the purpose of this unprecedented public-private partnership is to facilitate college completion throughout Georgia and empower the future workforce. Officials said that based on a recent survey of other state higher education systems, the agreement is believed to be one of only a few such credit transfer and admission acceptance arrangements in the nation.
Meanwhile, TCSG Executive Director for Academic Affairs Joe Dan Banker said the articulation agreement creates additional education pathways for students and is a big step in the state’s effort to provide seamless educational ladders for all Georgians.