The 2021 - 2022 academic year marked the 25th anniversary of Georgia College & State University's designation as the state's public liberal arts university. After spending the past year celebrating this milestone and focusing on how a liberal arts education benefits our students, we now turn our attention to the future and how we can continue to achieve a higher level of excellence in the next 25 years.
In the coming year, we will embark upon the development of a new strategic plan. This process comes at a pivotal moment, as President Cathy Cox provides new perspective and direction for our core competencies and opportunities for growth and improvement.
Following a 2020 - 2021 landmark year for grant awards, Georgia College saw many accomplishments across our campus. Our external funding continued growing and included the receipt of a federal grant that will allow us to promote literacy and writing skills within our local school system. Beyond the exceptional work of our faculty, our students have excelled in many ways, such as being named the winner of the 2021 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Award and our Georgia College Bobcats ranked first in the Academic Success Rate among Division II schools that received the NCAA's President's Award for Academic Excellence. Our National Scholarships Office continued to support our students, and this year their efforts resulted in several Fulbright semi-finalists, a Newman Civic Fellow, and the university's first-ever Goldwater Scholarship recipient. These are just a few examples of how we exceeded expectations while navigating our way through the pandemic.
As the world changes, we are adapting with it and finding ways to incorporate innovation and technology into our educational enterprise. For example, our business college has transitioned to the College of Business and Technology, we have created a new Aquatics Science Center, and launched a Digital Humanities Collaborative. In addition, the Academic Innovation Task Force has begun its work and we recently announced the formation of the Center for Innovation.
The 2022 - 2023 academic year promises to be an exciting time for Georgia College, as our dedicated faculty and staff continue to offer our students the highest-quality liberal arts education.
Dr. Costas Spirou
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND AWARDS OF THE YEAR
Georgia College celebrated its second National Historic Landmark (NHL) — Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville, Georgia — home of famed American Author Flannery O’Connor, ’45. Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion was the campus’ first NHL, receiving this recognition in 1973. The NHL designation has only been awarded to a small number of campuses in the U.S., and less than three percent of America’s historic sites carry this designation.
The award was announced on the AWP website and will be in the national organization’s September issue of “The Writer’s Chronicle.” This is one of two National Program Directors’ Prizes for “outstanding journals in the categories of content and design.”
Georgia College’s School of Nursing (SON) was designated as a 2021 Center of Teaching Excellence by the National League of Nursing (NLN). Georgia College was one of only 79 institutions in the country to be recognized by the organization in 2021.
In July, the university will complete its $803,000 grant to train nurses in forensic medical exams and trauma-informed care. This is just one of the many ways the SON has worked to address areas of nursing shortages in our state.
Dr. Brooke Conaway, associate professor of economics, was the 2022 recipient of the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award.
Conaway is the fourth Georgia College professor in five years, and the second in her department, to earn this award. At Georgia College for the last 12 years, she also received the Georgia College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2021.
In the fall of 2021, we introduced our new Maker Space to campus. It brings multiple new technologies into the hands of teacher candidates in our John H. Lounsbury College of Education that will help them educate their future students.