Mercer and Technical College System of Georgia Sign Articulation Agreement

August 25, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu

ATLANTA — Mercer University and the Technical College System of Georgia have signed an articulation agreement that creates new education opportunities for technical college students who earn an associate’s degree from any of the 19 state technical colleges that are accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Under the agreement, which was signed on Aug. 18, students who complete their associate’s degree from a SACS-accredited Georgia technical college can transfer their college credits toward a bachelor’s degree in one of the following nine programs offered by Mercer’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies or Tift College of Education: general education, human resources administration and development, human services, informatics, organizational leadership, public safety, early childhood special education, middle level education and early care and education. Candidates must meet all requirements for admission to Mercer University and the appropriate degree program.

“We’re grateful to Mercer Provost Wallace Daniel and his faculty and staff for their desire to partner with the TCSG on this articulation agreement and open new doors of opportunity for our students,” said Ron Jackson, technical college system commissioner. “It creates a seamless pathway for eligible TCSG graduates who want to continue their higher education and earn a bachelor’s degree from one of Georgia’s great private universities.”

“Mercer is proud to call the Technical College System of Georgia a partner,” said Dr. Penny Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer. “We know that with this agreement we are providing a pathway for many students to attain bachelor’s degrees and higher at Mercer. It is only with this partnership that this access is possible, and we are confident that these students will be well-prepared for the academic rigors of our institution.”

The 19 technical colleges that are SACS accredited include: Albany Technical College, Athens Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Columbus Technical College, DeKalb Technical College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Gwinnett Technical College, Middle Georgia Technical College, North Georgia Technical College, Okefenokee Technical College, Savannah Technical College, Southeastern Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College, Southwest Georgia Technical College, West Georgia Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. The remaining six state technical colleges are accredited by the separate Council on Occupational Education, although each is currently working to earn its SACS accreditation. Those six colleges include: Altamaha Technical College, Lanier Technical College, Moultrie Technical College, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Ogeechee Technical College and South Georgia Technical College.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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