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Dr. Brian Adler, VP for Academic Affairs
Mr. Cody King, VP for Business and Finance
Dr. Gaye Hayes, VP for Enrollment Management
Mr. Mike Leeder, Athletic Director
Mrs. Reda Rowell, Executive Director, GSW Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Royce Hackett, Chief Information Officer and Director, Information and Instructional Technology
Dr. Leisa Easom, Executive Director, Rosalynn Carter Institute
Dr. Sam Miller, VP for Student Affairs
Mr. Stephen Snyder, Director of University Relations
Mr. Tristam Aldridge, Special Assistant to the President for Organizational Development
Mrs. Angela Smith, Executive Assistant to the President
Dr. Boris Peltsverger, Dean, School of Computing and Mathematics
Dr. Bryan Davis, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
Mrs. Gena Wilson, Director of Human Resources
Mrs. Lynda Lee Purvis, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (Interim)
Dr. Kelly McCoy, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Rachel Abbott, Dean, School of Education
Dr. Richard Baringer, Chairman, GSW Retiree Board
Mrs. Ru Story-Huffman, Dean, James Earl Carter Library
Dr. Sandra Daniel, Dean, School of Nursing
Dr. Sarah Speir, Director, International Programs
Mr. Bryce Benton, SGA President
Dr. Brian Parkinson, Faculty Representative
Dr. Joseph Comeau, Diversity Council Representative
Dr. Chadwick Gugg, Faculty Senate President
Mrs. Christy Barry, Staff Senate President

Final GSW enrollment shows 7.2 percent increase for fall 2016
AMERICUS, GA (Nov. 10, 2016) -- Fall 2016 enrollment in the University System of Georgia’s 29 colleges...
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110 years of education, 110 Hours of Celebration
AMERICUS, GA (Nov. 8, 2016) -- On Nov. 23, 1906 the lead headline for the Americus Times-Recorder read...
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GSW’s Online MBA program named 7th most affordable for 2017
AMERICUS, GA (October 17, 2016) -- Topmanagementdegrees.com recently released their list of the Top 50...
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GSW rolls out new bike share program
AMERICUS, GA (Sept. 21, 2016) -- Thanks to a generous donation of 10 bikes from the City of Americus...
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GSW Online Master’s in Computer Science ranked #2 in the nation by GradSource.com
Americus, GA (September 19, 2016) -- GradSource.com has released their list of “Best Online Master’s...
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RDR student rental car program coming to GSW campus
Americus, GA (September 6, 2016) -- RDR Car, Truck & Van Rentals of Americus has partnered with Georgia...
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Hohnecker named director of Community and Student Engagement
AMERICUS, GA (Aug. 22, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) announced today that Jill...
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Early indications show GSW enrollment eclipses 3,000 for first time since 2011
AMERICUS, GA (Aug. 19, 2016) -- Early returns show that Georgia Southwestern State University’s Fall 2016...
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GSW, Bainbridge State renew articulation agreement to benefit region’s students
BAINBRIDGE, GA (Aug. 3, 2016) -- Bainbridge State College (BSC) and Georgia Southwestern State...
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Kappa Sigma Fraternity endows Judge John Harper Scholarship with $10,500 gift to GSW Foundation
AMERICUS, GA (August 2, 2016) -- Merriam-Webster defines “fraternity” as “the quality or state of being...
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GSW School of Nursing celebrates inaugural FNP class
AMERICUS, GA (July 28, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University’s School of Nursing recently...
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School of Education’s edTPA scores exceed Georgia pass rates
AMERICUS, GA (July 13, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) 2015-2016 edTPA scores...
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GSW to be exclusive USG Institution to offer BBA through eMajor
AMERICUS, GA (June 21, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has just been approved as...
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Two GSW staff members graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development
AMERICUS, GA (June 8, 2016) -- Two Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) staff members, Sandra...
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Leeder steps aside as men’s basketball coach, focuses on advancing GSW athletics as dedicated AD
AMERICUS, GA (June 7, 2016) -- After 10 seasons and 243 career wins as a head men’s basketball coach...
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Carleen Wise 'keeps her eyes on the prize,' graduates as GSW's Outstanding Scholar
AMERICUS, GA (May 26, 2016) -- “Carleen Wise is a wonderful illustration of the saying ‘keep your eyes on...
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GSW Foundation holds spring 2016 meeting, honors donors
AMERICUS, GA (May 26, 2016) -- The Georgia Southwestern Foundation Board of Trustees held its spring...
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GSW has $80.4 million economic impact on region
AMERICUS, GA (May 11, 2016) -- An annual report on the economic impact of the University System of...
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Honors and Recognition Ceremony recognizes faculty, staff and students
AMERICUS, GA (April 27, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University held its Spring 2016 Honors and...
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RCI collaborates with Phoebe Sumter to 'REACH' local caregivers
AMERICUS, GA (April 15, 2016) -- RCI REACH, a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving...
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AT&T donation supports GSW and SGTC with $4,500 contribution to “Two Great Choices – One Great Community” campaign
AMERICUS, GA (April 5, 2016) -- AT&T made its ninth contribution to South Georgia Technical College and...
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GSW scholarship donors, recipients connect at annual Luncheon
AMERICUS, GA (March 18, 2016) -- Scholarship recipients at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW)...
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Interim President Patterson's statement on passage of HB 859
The statement below is from GSW Interim President Charles Patterson regarding the recent passage of HB...
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Georgia Southwestern celebrates 'Day at the Capitol' March 2
ATLANTA, GA (March 4, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) held its first “GSW Day at...
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GSW ranks 2nd nationally on list of small schools with most affordable HR degrees
AMERICUS, GA (Feb. 23, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) was ranked 2nd on the “50...
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Georgia Southwestern names 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients
AMERICUS, GA (Feb. 20, 2016) -- For the first time, Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) honored...
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Nursing School named among 50 best graduate nursing programs in America
AMERICUS, GA (Feb. 16, 2016) -- Georgia Southwestern State University’s Master of Science in nursing...
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Rachel Abbott named School of Education dean
AMERICUS, GA (Feb. 3, 2016) -- Interim President Charles Patterson, Ph.D., today announced that Rachel...
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Renown Georgia economist headlines 21st GSW Economic Outlook Luncheon
AMERICUS, GA (Jan. 28, 2015) -- The Georgia Southwestern State University Center for Business and...
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GSW to host ‘An Evening with the President” at Albany Museum of Art Jan. 14
AMERICUS, GA (Jan. 13, 2016) -- The Admissions Office and Alumni Affairs at Georgia Southwestern State...
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Pope receives honorary doctorate, class of 2015 recognized at Fall Commencement
AMERICUS, GA (Dec. 12, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University held its Fall 2015 Commencement...
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GSW’s Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving honored by USG for ‘Service Excellence’
AMERICUS, GA (Nov. 17, 2015) -- The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern...
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Georgia Southwestern increases enrollment for Fall 2015
AMERICUS, GA (Nov. 5, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University’s Fall 2015 enrollment increased by...
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Georgia Southwestern ranked among best online nursing programs
AMERICUS, GA (Oct. 27, 2015) -- The Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing was recently...
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School of Education named ‘Best Value’ by National Council on Teacher Quality
WASHINGTON (Oct. 21, 2015) -- The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recently released its “Best...
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Georgia Power Foundation grant helps GSW Career Services prepare career-ready graduates
AMERICUS, GA (Oct. 6, 2015) -- A recent grant award from the Georgia Power Foundation will allow Georgia...
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Military Caregiver Support Program Adds Three New Locations
AMERICUS, GA (Sept. 9, 2015) -- The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving’s (RCI) signature military...
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Georgia Southwestern ranks 11th on list of schools with most affordable HR degrees
AMERICUS, GA (July 24, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University has recently ranked 11th on the 50...
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Georgia Southwestern collaborates with Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm
AMERICUS, GA (July 22, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University is not just broadening the...
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GSW ranked best value among small colleges in Georgia by second ranking site, 23rd in eastern half of U.S.
AMERICUS, GA (July 10, 2015) –- Georgia Southwestern State University has been ranked 23rd out of the...
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Georgia Southwestern’s School of Business accounting graduates among nation’s best on CPA exam
AMERICUS, GA (July 7, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University’s accounting graduates excelled on...
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Georgia Southwestern ranked best value among small colleges in Georgia, ranked 40th in U.S.
AMERICUS, GA (May 13, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has been ranked 40th out...
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New GSW graduate never loses sight of goal, receives degree 32 years in the making
AMERICUS, GA (May 5, 2015) -- Getting a degree is becoming more important now than ever. Within the...
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Georgia Southwestern renews prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation
AMERICUS, GA (April 7, 2015) -- The School of Business Administration at Georgia Southwestern State...
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GSW to offer out-of-state waivers to residents of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina beginning Fall 2015
AMERICUS, GA (April 1, 2015) -- All residents of Alabama, Florida and South Carolina that attend Georgia...
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GSW Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts shoots first feature film in Americus
AMERICUS, GA (March 13, 2015) -- The Georgia film and television industry is a large and prosperous entity...
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GSW expands online courses through state’s eCore collaborative program
Carrollton, GA (March 9, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University is now an affiliate institution of the...
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GSW to offer eMajor in criminal justice Fall 2015
AMERICUS, GA (March 4, 2015) -- Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) will be adding a new major...
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Faculty awarded $47,000 in grants to explore affordable textbook options for students
AMERICUS, GA (Feb. 3, 2015) -- The state of Georgia is funding a new USG initiative aimed at reducing the...
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GSW earns SACS reaffirmation
AMERICUS, GA (Dec. 11, 2014) -- Georgia Southwestern State University has earned 10-year reaffirmation...
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The University System of Georgia is a part of the community in each of Georgia's 159 counties and provides services across the state. The University System is composed of 29 higher education institutions including four research universities, four comprehensive universities, 10 state universities and 11 state colleges. It also includes the Georgia Public Library System, which encompasses approximately 389 facilities within the 61 library systems throughout the State of Georgia. Additionally, the University System includes the Georgia Archives which identifies, collects, manages, preserves and provides access to records and information about Georgia.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was created in 1931 as a part of a reorganization of Georgia's state government. With this act, public higher education in Georgia was unified for the first time under a single governing and management authority. The governor appoints members of the Board to a seven year term and regents may be reappointed to subsequent terms by a sitting governor. Regents donate their time and expertise to serve the state through their governance of the University System of Georgia – the position is a voluntary one without financial remuneration. Today the Board of Regents is composed of 19 members, five of whom are appointed from the state-at-large, and one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts. The Board elects a chancellor who serves as its chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer of the University System. The Board oversees the public colleges and universities that comprise the University System of Georgia and has oversight of the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.

More information on the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents may be found at www.usg.edu.

There is an inseparable connection between academic excellence and diversity. Diversity can be broadly defined to include all aspects of human difference, including but not limited to, age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression and identity, language heritage, learning style, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, status as a veteran and world-view.

The Council on Diversity was convened by the Interim President to strengthen and reinforce diversity as an integral component of academic excellence as we prepare our students for success in a culturally and racially diverse society and workforce. The Council on Diversity guides the development of policies and processes that demonstrate Georgia Southwestern’s efforts towards diversity among students, faculty, and staff and also ensure a supportive, welcoming environment for every member of the campus community.

Members of the Council on Diversity include:

Co-Chairs

Dr. David Hunter
Assistant Professor
School of Education

Linda Randall, M.Ed.
Director of Academic Resource Center / First Year Advocate
Academic Center for Excellence

Dr. Joseph Comeau
Assistant Professor
Psychology and Sociology

John Fox
ELI Director / Director of International Student Programs
English Language Institute

Evelyn Oliver
Director of Disability Services/Testing Center
Disability Services

Dr. Qian Wang
Lecturer
School of Business Administration

A meeting of the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) on November 19, 2015, it was determined that for Strategic Planning:

  • The President’s Advisory Council will be the umbrella group to oversee Strategic Planning process. Others were added by recommendation of the group
    • Junior Faculty Member
    • Faculty Senate Representative, in addition to the President
    • Representative from Student Government
  • Faculty challenged with looking strategically at programming; assess which ones need attention.
  • Deans to lead charge for evaluation of existing programs; feel free to introduce something new.
  • Importance placed on rolling out the planning process and expanding input.
  • Community engagement will be a key piece to the Strategic Plan. GSW will be looking at the Carnegie Community Engagement Designation: University will be stronger as the community is strengthened – and vice versa. Link to the application framework shared with PAC.
  • Implement QEP (international students) as part of this process.
  • Teleconference with EAB scheduled for December 7 o Consensus from PAC is that no consultant will be needed.
  • Process to begin January, 2016 (drafts were collected in spring, 2015 regarding structure).
    • Starting Point: Revisit Mission of Georgia Southwestern
    • GSW Identity
    • Deans & Department Heads: Assess integration with overall mission

The preliminary SWOT analysis was conducted during the first couple of weeks of December 2014. The first response of December 2, 2014 and the last in December 15, 2014. Interim President given the report after he arrived on campus in January 2015.

The committee originally convened on Friday, January 22, 2016:

  • SWOT Analysis reviewed
  • Mission Statement revisited
  • Round table discussion regarding assets and strengths of the university
  • A sub-committee was formed to draft a new Mission Statement based on that discussion

February 4, 2016 - A sub-committee responsible for overarching themes met to determine 4-5 goals or themes which will drive the strategic plan and work of the university. The strategic themes which originally emerged:

  1. Expanding High Impact Learning-Teaching Experiences
  2. Broadening Residential Co-Curricular Experiences
  3. Broadening Co-Curricular Community Engagement Experiences
  4. Reimagining the Experience of Leaving and Returning

After some discussion, it was decided that there needed to be a goal for financial sustainability and enrollment management.

After discussion, the revised draft resulted in the following:

  1. Expanding High Impact Learning-Teaching Experience
  2. Transforming Campus Connections
  3. Cultivating Community Engagement with Intentionality
  4. Promoting Enhanced Stewardship

In March, four campus-wide forums were scheduled to give opportunities for faculty and staff to give input into the plan.

Campus Forums (Seeking input from Faculty, Staff, and Student Leaders):

  1. 3/7/16 3pm - 5pm
  2. 3/8/16 9am - 11am
  3. 3/16/16 11am - 1pm
  4. 3/17/16 1pm - 3pm

April 1, 2016: Strategic Planning Steering Committee met and discussed the outcomes of the four Strategic Planning Forums held on March 7, 8, 16 and 17. Collectively, 71 faculty and staff attended the forums to provide feedback on the Strategic Themes and to contribute to the crafting of Objectives to support each of the 4 Strategic Themes. Additional feedback was provided through the Blackboard portal. Attendees of the four Strategic Planning Forums provided approximately 160 Strategies, Programs and Activities (not excluding duplication) on individual sheets of paper that could be used in the construction of formal Objectives to support the 4 Strategic Themes. Input received from the forums was gathered, put into an excel spreadsheet and categorized, from which objectives to support the strategic themes were formed. All of these Strategies, Programs and Activities were compiled and sorted into categories supporting one or more of the 4 Strategic Themes and then used to construct/write Objectives and Sub-Objectives.

Thursday, April 21st, a sub-committee met to draft a Vision Statement and Core Values.

VISION STATEMENT:

Georgia Southwestern State University aspires to be a comprehensive, progressive and inclusive university that serves as a vibrant center of learning, culture and economic development for Southwest Georgia and beyond.

CORE VALUES:

  • ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – We promote rigorous academic standards and intellectual pursuits.
  • STEWARDSHIP – We strive for fiscal accountability, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
  • INCLUSIVENESS – We are committed to a campus that values diversity in a climate of mutual respect.
  • ENGAGEMENT – We encourage active involvement between the campus, community, and the world.
  • CONNECTIONS – We foster meaningful relationships on campus and beyond.

Review of Draft 1 (version 04-01-16) of the Strategic Plan

With the Objectives and Sub-Objectives drafted, the Steering Committee walked through each of the Objectives and Sub-Objectives that support the Strategic Themes. In total, there are 55 Objectives and Sub-Objectives covering all areas of the University’s divisions and departments. If there is a single significant Strategy, Program or Activity being conducted on campus (e.g. out-of-state recruitment), it should map to a Sub-Objective within one of the four Strategic Themes. The breadth, or number, of Objectives is meant to capture all of the University’s many Strategies, Programs and Activities (current and future) in support of the University’s Strategic Plan. In doing so, it allows the University to capture and measure everything, for example, from the development of new academic programs to the design and installation of campus signage.

Not every division/department will have Strategies, Programs or Activities that fall within each and every one of the four Strategic Theme. Some divisions/departments, because of their function/focus, may fit primarily within one or two of the four Strategic Themes. It bears mentioning, however, that Strategies attributable to the many divisions/Departments will not be listed in the Strategic Plan, per se, but will actually be compiled in a separate Institutional Effectiveness Plan developed by each division and supporting departments therein.

A number of speaking opportunities were then scheduled to present Strategic Plan draft to stakeholders (campus and community) and input solicited from each. These included:

  • University Town Hall Meeting: 5/4/16, 2 - 3 pm
  • GSW Foundation Executive Board: 5/19/16, 4 - 5 pm

The Strategic Plan Draft was then adopted by Steering Committee on 6/1/16 and put on GeorgiaView for solicited input and feedback until 10/31/16. Also, additional opportunities to vet the plan with stakeholders were scheduled:

  • Mix Foundation/Downtown Dev. Auth./Americus Main Street: 6/16/16, 10 am – 12 pm
  • GSW Retiree Association Focus Group: 6/22/16, 12 pm - 2 pm
  • RCI Advisory Board: 9/15/16, 11 am - 11:45 am
  • Faculty Senate: 9/23/16, 10 am - 11 am
  • President’s Advisory Council/Strategic Planning Steering Committee: 9/26/16, 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: 9/29/16, 12 pm - 2 pm
  • Alumni Association Board of Directors: 10/22/16, 10 am – 2 pm
  • Student Government Association: 10/27/16, 6 pm – 7 pm
  • GSW Foundation Board of Trustees: 11/3/16, 4 pm – 6 pm
  • GSW Student Body (including online students) Synchronous Meeting: 11/14/16, 6 pm – 9 pm

Amendments to the draft (based on feedback from faculty and staff) were adopted by the committee on 10/31/16. The Strategic Plan, committee members and supporting documents then placed on the website.

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