For the first time in almost two decades, the University System of Georgia is clearly spelling out this week what types of degrees each of its 31 colleges should offer and how heavily they should focus on research versus teaching.
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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 to be voted on Wednesday by 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 a broad selection of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional programs. The heaviest research will be conducted at these schools. Member universities: Georgia Tech, Georgia Regents, Georgia State and University of Georgia.
Comprehensive Universities: These schools also offer undergraduate and graduate programs. They can have 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: These schools may offer limited associate’s degrees, although they concentrate on undergraduate and graduate programs. Five of them also offer very limited doctoral programs. The schools: Armstrong Atlantic, Columbus, Georgia College, Georgia Southwestern, North Georgia, Albany, Clayton, Fort Valley, Savannah and Southern Polytechnic.
State Colleges: This category has two subgroups. The first will have a balance of bachelor’s and associate degrees. Schools: Abraham Baldwin, Atlanta Metropolitan, 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: Bainbridge, Darton, East Georgia, Georgia Highlands, Georgia Perimeter and South Georgia.
Source: University System of Georgia, draft policy on institutional function and mission