For the first time in nearly two decades, the University System of Georgia will clearly define the role of all 31 colleges so that everyone understands what programs each school should teach and whom they enroll.
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Classifying Georgia’s colleges
The 31 colleges in the University System of Georgia will have clearly defined missions under a proposal before the State Board of Regents. This classification will guide the programs they offer, the students they attract and the research they conduct. Here is a summary:
Research Universities: These schools offer undergraduate and graduate programs. The heaviest research will be conducted at these schools. Member universities: Georgia Tech, Georgia Regents, Georgia State and University of Georgia.
Regional Comprehensive Universities: These schools also offer undergraduate and graduate programs. They can have some doctoral programs, but the graduate focus will be on master’s degrees. They are expected to conduct research, but it won’t be as heavy as the research universities. Member schools: Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Valdosta State and West Georgia.
State Universities: This category will be divided into two subgroups. One will have a balance of bachelor’s and master’s degrees with very few doctoral programs. Schools: Armstrong Atlantic, Columbus, Georgia College, Georgia Southwestern and North Georgia. The others in this group will emphasize four-year degrees with only some master’s programs. Schools: Albany, Clayton, Fort Valley, Savannah and Southern Polytechnic.
State Colleges: This category also has two subgroups. The first will have a balance of bachelor’s and associate degrees. Schools: Abraham Baldwin, Coastal Georgia, Dalton, Georgia Gwinnett, Gordon and Middle Georgia. The other group will emphasize associate degrees and offer “very few” bachelor’s degree programs. Schools: Atlanta Metropolitan, Bainbridge, Darton, East Georgia, Georgia Highlands, Georgia Perimeter and South Georgia.
Source: University System of Georgia, draft policy on institutional function and mission