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Pictured are (l-r) GCSU dean Brian Newsome; GCSU provost Dr. Costas Spirou; GCSU president Cathy Cox; GSC president, Dr. Kirk A. Nooks; GSC provost Dr. C. Jeffery Knighton; and GSC professor Dr. David A. Janssen.

Gordon, GCSU renew partnership, eye new honors program

On Feb. 23, Gordon State College (GSC) and Georgia College and State University (GCSU) came together to sign the renewed partnership as it pertains to the Highlander Pathways to Georgia College program and a new Honors agreement.

According to the renewed partnership, GCSU will write a letter to non-admitted students whose files have been evaluated by GCSU and have potential to be considered for transfer after 60 hours. GCSU will encourage the students to enroll at GSC and enter the Highlander Pathways to Georgia College program. Following successful completion of their studies at GSC and the awarding of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees from GSC, a pathway back to GCSU will be created to complete a bachelor’s degree.

“We are fortunate to continue to partner with Georgia College & State University to provide opportunities for students to further their education through the Highlander and Honors Pathways to Georgia College programs,” said GSC president, Dr. Kirk A. Nooks.

GCSU will work to identify scholarships for transferring GSC students while the provosts of GCSU and GSC will work with the deans and faculty to create collaborative academic experiences for students in the program, such as undergraduate research.

“We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Gordon State and provide a seamless pathway for Gordon State’s outstanding students to finish their bachelors’ degrees at Georgia College. Our campuses are close and closely aligned, so our Honors Agreement is a perfect way to serve the students and families of the central Georgia region even better,” said GCSU president, Cathy Cox.

The transfer assures general admission to GCSU but not necessarily admission to a specific major that may have enrollment limitations. The GCSU advising staff will communicate with participants in the program periodically while they are enrolled at GSC to assist them in selecting an appropriate program of study.

Under the new honors program called the Honors Pathway to Georgia College, GSC honors students with a 3.5 or higher GPA will be guaranteed transfer admission to GCSU and to GCSU’s John E. Sallstrom Honors College with all of their GSC honors courses counting toward honors requirements at GCSU. In addition to GSC honors courses, GSC honors students transferring to GCSU must complete at least six credit hours of GCSU honors courses. GCSU will provide a one-time $100 book scholarship to GSC honors students transferring.

Highlander Pathways Agreement and the new Honors Pathway to Georgia College will be in effect starting spring semester of 2022.

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