Georgia Perimeter College

On-site TAG coordinator: 

M. James Kahiga, Ph.D.,
Professor of Economics & Chair
Business/PE Department
GPC Online, CL Suite 1203
Clarkston Campus
555 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021-2361
Phone: (678) 891-3371
Fax: (678) 212-7505
james.kahiga@gpc.edu

Contact Dr. Kahiga to see how you can transfer seamlessly from Georgia Perimeter College to Georgia Southwestern State University.

GSW, Georgia Perimeter sign transfer agreement

ATLANTA—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) President Kendall A. Blanchard signed a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Tuesday, August 7 with Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) President Anthony Tricoli . Georgia Southwestern is the ninth four-year institution in the state to sign a TAG agreement with GPC and the second outside of metro Atlanta.

The agreement allows GPC students who maintain a 2.0 grade point average and earn an associate degree, or who complete 60 transferable credits (30 of which must be earned at Georgia Perimeter), to be automatically admitted to Georgia Southwestern .

Georgia Perimeter is the largest two-year college in the state and the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia. GPC serves more than 20,000 students through six locations in metro Atlanta.  The TAG will allow students at GPC who aspire to a four-year degree to plan early in their educational career to transfer to Georgia Southwestern. 

"I believe GSW is an attractive option for students in the greater Atlanta area who are seeking the baccalaureate degree,” said Blanchard. “We offer an opportunity for serious students to get away from the rat-race of life in the big city and come to a community and institution where they can concentrate on their studies and receive a high quality undergraduate education at a very affordable price."

Georgia Southwestern had 121 transfer students enrolled entering the Spring 2007 semester. The agreement was signed in hopes that this number would increase considerably boosting enrollment campus-wide.

The guarantee is effective immediately.

Growing together--President Kendall A. Blanchard, left, is shown signing the TAG agreement with GPC President Anthony Tricoli at the GPC Decatur Campus.

GSW, GPC partner for Honors Program agreement

Earlier this fall Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Southwestern State University signed an articulation agreement allowing students in the Honors Program at Georgia Perimeter to be admitted seamlessly into Georgia Southwestern's Honors Program. Conditions for the agreement are listed below.

                    -- Students transferring to GSW having earned an Honors Program Certificate with 
                        a cumulative GPA of 3.30 will be admitted to the GSW University Honors
                        Program upon recommendation by the GPC Honors Program Director. 
                        Honors courses earned at GPC will satisfy the GSW Honors enrichments
                        in the core areas.

                    -- Students transferring to GSW having earned an Honors Program Diploma with 
                        a cumulative GPA of 3.50 will be admitted to the GSW University Honors 
                        Program upon recommendation by the GPC Honors Program Director. 
                        The Honors courses earned at GPC will satisfy the GSW Honors enrichments 
                        in the core areas as well as 2 of the 4 seminar courses. In essence, all 
                        Honors requirements for the freshmen and sophomore years will be fulfilled.  

                    -- Students transferring to GSW having earned an Honors Program Diploma with 
                        High Honors or Highest Honors may have, in addition to the benefits 
                        described above, one of the two Major area Honors enrichments waived, 
                        pending review by the Director of the GSW  University Honors Program.

A generous stipend is given to students in the Honors Program, but students must live on campus or with his or her parents in Americus.
For additional information call (800) 338-0082.

New Accelerated Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Starts between GSW and Georgia Perimeter

AMERICUS—Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is partnering with Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) to offer the state’s first three--year accelerated bachelor’s degree in Georgia. This program, offered online, begins in the spring of 2011 at GPC.

            The first-half of this degree can be completed either online or face-to-face at GPC. The second half of the program is offered online at Georgia Southwestern University.  This degree enables any student to complete both the associate of science (AS) and the bachelor of business administration (BBA) degrees in three years fully online.

            “This is a program which was built with our students in mind during these tough economic times,” said GPC President Anthony S. Tricoli. “The program is flexible and affordable, and in-line with Georgia Perimeter’s mission to offer access to a relevant education in a globalized marketplace.”

            “The program not only highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of both institutions, but also shows that we recognize the needs of Georgians in these tough economic times. We have to work together within the USG to give our constituents the relevant education they need now,” said GSW President Kendall A. Blanchard.

            This three-year degree in business administration offers students two options: management or accounting. Because of this programs shortened time span, the class schedule will be more demanding than a traditional four-year model. It will require students to enroll in more courses concurrently in the fall and spring semesters and to take summer classes.

            “This program is not for the faint of heart,” said Tricoli. “Only serious students need apply.”

            Students must initially apply to Georgia Perimeter College, and then to Georgia Southwestern State University during the fall semester of second year.  Georgia Perimeter College will have full-time business faculty available to assist students with questions concerning the program and the admission process. 

            “This is a very exciting option for students who want to move at a quicker pace, or who want to get into the workforce a year earlier,” Tricoli said.

            “In addition, this joint venture is just an outstanding example of cooperation within the University System of Georgia institutions,” said Blanchard.          

            “We are excited about providing students with this unique opportunity,” said Liz Wilson, interim dean of the GSW School of Business Administration. “This program is perfect for the student who is committed to ‘getting in and getting out’ of college and into the workforce.  GSW is able to offer the necessary courses for the BBA in management or accounting each semester online, which enables the students in GPC’s service area to remain in that area while completing their degree.”

            Wilson added, “The partnership between GSW and GPC will be one that benefits both institutions, and more importantly, the students of Georgia.”

            More information is available at: www.gpc.edu/fastrac.