AMERICUS (March 28, 2013)—Georgia Southwestern State University President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D., and Southland Academy Headmaster Ty Kinslow signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Monday, March 25 stating that college-level courses will be taught on Southland’s campus by qualified instructors through the state’s Accel Program. Beginning Fall 2013, the inaugural course will be college algebra.
“We are excited to partner with a fine institution like Georgia Southwestern State University and offer college algebra on our own campus,” Kinslow said. “The Accel program is another approach that enables us to prepare our students academically and produce high school graduates with college credits.”
“Many Southland graduates matriculate to Georgia Southwestern and do well,” said Blanchard. “So at one level, we have an effective partnership in place. However, this formalizes our relationship and helps Southland students get an early start on their college education.”
Accel is a joint enrollment program for juniors and seniors who attend accredited public or private high schools in Georgia. To participate, students must submit an application and their official transcript to GSW’s Admission’s Office. A minimum SAT score of 970 (combined critical reading and math) or ACT composite score of 20 and grade point average of 3.0 or higher are required to enter the Accel Program.
According to Gaye Hayes, Ph.D., vice president for Enrollment Management, GSW currently offers Accel classes to students from three other local high schools. Courses are taught at Americus-Sumter High, and students from Macon and Taylor County High take Accel classes on GSW’s campus. Hayes worked with Kinslow and Southland Guidance Counselor Carol Burrell to set up the program.
“We are thrilled to offer university courses to as many well-prepared high school students as possible,” said Hayes. “The credit earned will follow them to the next level and the exposure to college-level work while in the supportive home environment will enhance their success once they graduate.”
Southland Academy faculty members designated to teach GSW courses meet the same requirements as part-time faculty members for Georgia Southwestern. A minimum of 12 qualified, participating students are required per course offering. The Accel Program pays for tuition, in keeping with the benefits provided by the HOPE Program.
For additional information about the Accel Program, contact GSW Admissions at (229) 928-1273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption—Seated, left to right: Southland Academy Headmaster Ty Kinslow and GSW President Kendall Blanchard. Standing, left to right: Gaye Hayes, GSW vice president of Enrollment Management; Carol Burrell, Southland Academy counselor; and David Jenkins, GSW assistant director of Admissions.
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