General Information About Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College, a two-year unit of the University System of Georgia under the governance of the Board of Regents, was founded in 1970 to provide educational opportunities for the physical, intellectual, and cultural development of a diverse population in seven northwest Georgia counties. With the advent of distance learning technologies, specialty programs, off-campus centers, collaborative arrangements, and cooperative degree programs with technical institutes, the College has expanded its scope of influence beyond the institution's original geographical area. The philosophy of Georgia Highlands College is expressed in the beliefs that education is essential to the intellectual, physical, economic, social, emotional, cultural, and environmental well-being of individuals and society and that education should be geographically and physically accessible and affordable. In support of this philosophy, the College maintains a teaching/learning environment which promotes inclusiveness and provides educational opportunities, programs, and services of excellence in response to documented needs. The MISSION of the University System of Georgia is to contribute to the educational, cultural, economic, and social advancement of individuals within its scope of influence; thus, Georgia Highlands College, in conjunction with the other institutions in the University System, supports this MISSION by exhibiting the following characteristics and purposes: * a supportive campus climate, necessary services, and leadership and development opportunities, all to educate the whole person and meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff; * cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in the faculty, staff, and student body, supported by practices and programs that embody the ideals of an open, democratic, and global society; * technology to advance educational purposes, including instructional technology, student support services, and distance education; and * collaborative relationships with other University System institutions, State agencies, local schools, technical institutes, and business and industry, sharing physical, human, information, and other resources to expand and enhance programs and services available to the citizens of Georgia. Within the context of the MISSION of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Highlands College shares with the other associate level institutions in the University System the following characteristics and purposes: * a commitment to excellence and responsiveness within a scope of influence defined by the needs of a local area and by particularly outstanding programs or distinctive characteristics that have a magnet effect throughout the region or state; * a commitment to a teaching/learning environment, both inside and outside the classroom, that sustains instructional excellence, functions to provide University System access for a diverse student body, and promotes high levels of student learning; * a high quality general education program that supports a variety of well-chosen associate programs and prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate programs, learning support programs designed to insure access and opportunity for a diverse student body, and a limited number of certificate and/or career degree programs to complement neighboring technical institute programs; * a commitment to public service, continuing education, technical assistance, and economic development activities that address the needs, improve the quality of life, and raise the educational level within the College's scope of influence; and * a commitment to scholarship and creative work to enhance instructional effectiveness and met local needs. In support of the mission of the University System of Georgia and the core mission components for two-year colleges in the University System, Georgia Highlands College, possessing a degree authority to award the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Science, is committed to student success. Georgia Highlands College is a collegial community that values academic excellence, individualized quality service, and community outreach. The institution emphasizes an education based on the college’s student learning outcomes, which promote diversity and global awareness in a technologically enhanced environment through multiple instructional sites that include distance-learning delivery systems. To achieve this mission of being a gateway to success for students, Georgia Highlands College has articulated the following goals: 1. Effect quality teaching and learning that are focused on academic achievement and personal and professional growth. 2. Provide comprehensive student services that encourage and enable all students to be successful learners. 3. Engage students in a challenging atmosphere that prepares them for responsibility and leadership in an evolving global environment. 4. Utilize appropriate technologies to advance programs, services and operations to support teaching and learning. 5. Maintain efficient and effective administrative services to support all programs of the college.
Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.
- 2-year, Public
Special Learning Opportunities
- Distance learning opportunities
- Study abroad
- Weekend/evening college
- Remedial services
- Academic/career counseling service
- Employment services for students
- Dual credit
- The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
- Not applicable
- Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
- Associate's degree
Campus Setting Disability Services Student
- 3% or Less
Admission Total Applicants 3,147 Percent Admitted 67% Men Admitted 66% Women Admitted 68% Full Time Retention Rate 57%
Student Demographics Total Enrolled 6,415 Native American 19 Asian 121 African American 723 Hispanic 231 Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 3,059 Enrolled FullTime Graduates