Creating an Environment for Student Success
at East Georgia State College
Students arriving at East Georgia State College this fall will have a competitive advantage in achieving academic success. The college is enhancing its learning environment by adding support services to better assist students in attaining a college degree.
This focus also addresses Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia mission to increase college graduation rates in Georgia by 2020.
As stated by Gov. Deal, 42 percent of Georgia’s population holds some form of a college degree. By 2020, that percentage should be 60 percent for the state to remain economically competitive. Georgia is a member of the Complete College America Alliance, a group of 30 states committed to significantly increasing the number of students successfully earning a college degree or credential.
To achieve Gov. Deal’s goal of increasing college completion rates, East Georgia has implemented a series of changes. . In Swainsboro, the current library space has been repurposed into a student learning commons. In addition to the library, this area will include a new advisement center, the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) for instructional assistance, a computer lab and coffee shop.
In Swainsboro and Statesboro, the current Academic Instruction & Resource (AIR) Center will be transformed into the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).
The center will also include areas for individual research, as well as group discussion and classrooms. Furthermore, ACE will provide on-line learning tools to assist students in studying for their classes, maintaining an adequate GPA and preparing for life after college. The coffee shops, Common Grounds I and II, will create a relaxing atmosphere and feature a variety of light snacks, coffee, smoothies and soft drinks.