GENERAL INFORMATION

The College of Coastal Georgia is governed by the policies established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The College of Coastal Georgia's implementation of Board of Regents policies appears in the College Statutes, the College Faculty Handbook, the Student Handbook, and the College Catalog. Policies of primary interest to students are published in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook.

MISSION STATEMENT

As a state college of the University System of Georgia, the College of Coastal Georgia offers targeted baccalaureate programs of study, pre-baccalaureate programs of study for transfer, associate of arts and associate of science degrees, and serves as a portal to graduate education. It is the mission of the College to:

  • Foster academic excellence and individual development in a supportive environment that expands access to higher education and career preparation and enriches student lives;
  • Investigate, capture and disseminate 21st century knowledge and skills, blending student-centered classroom education and innovative service learning to provide students with a solid foundation to support lifelong learning and leadership and appreciation for social responsibility, global awareness, diversity, and engaged entrepreneurship;
  • Provide accessible and affordable higher education to a wide spectrum of learners, from recent high school graduates to returning adults; and
  • Engage actively with the community and region through many avenues, including professional development programs, economic development partnerships, service-learning, public service activities, early college programs, applied scholarship, and cultural enrichment experiences.

CORE CHARACTERISTICS

Within the context of the mission and vision of the University System of Georgia, its state colleges share core characteristics. State colleges are designed as highly flexible and dynamic institutions, particularly responsive to workforce needs in their areas. The primary functions of a state college are to serve as the associate-level access institution in the local area and to offer a limited number of baccalaureate programs targeted to serve the economic development needs of their region. While these colleges embody the common characteristics presented below, variations in their purposes, histories, traditions and settings allow each also to focus on its own distinctiveness and accomplishments.

The core characteristics include:

  • 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 baccalaureate programs, learning support programs designed to insure access and opportunity for a diverse student body, and a limited number of certificate and other career programs to complement neighboring technical institute programs;
  • a limited number of baccalaureate programs designed to meet the educational and economic development needs of the local area;
  • 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 state college's scope of influence;
  • a commitment to scholarship and creative work to enhance instructional effectiveness and to encourage faculty scholarly pursuits; and a responsibility to address local needs through applied scholarship, especially in areas directly related to targeted baccalaureate degree programs.

VISION

The College of Coastal Georgia will be a college of choice for students within Georgia and beyond, providing an outstanding education for tomorrow's leaders and citizens through service learning, global awareness and engaged entrepreneurship.

VALUES

The College of Coastal Georgia's core values frame the mission and vision, and guide the institution through changing times and priority setting.

QUALITY EDUCATION
Commitment to providing high-quality, innovative, and flexible educational opportunities and services in an accessible student-centered environment, creating a climate of discovery that values and embraces both inquiry and creativity; expect students to take active responsibility for their education; foster close student-teacher bonds; offer ongoing assessment of academic programs; integrate all programs that promote student access and success.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Integrate meaningful experiential and holistic community service on campus and in the broader community with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, fostering an attitude of generosity in service, teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities.
GLOBAL AWARENESS
Commitment to providing value-added education by promoting cross-cultural understanding, fostering respect and appreciation among and between students, faculty and staff, and cultivating collaborative relationships with international programs and global communities.
LEADERSHIP
Advocate leadership roles that uphold professionalism, responsibility and motivation through enhanced skills in organizing, planning, problem-solving, and communicating to prepare students to meet tomorrow's workforce and the region's evolving development needs.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Infuse exploration and innovation across the educational process while anchoring these entrepreneurial strategies in social and community purposes.

HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE

The College of Coastal Georgia (formerly Brunswick College) was founded in 1961 by the Regents of the University System of Georgia when the citizens of Brunswick and Glynn County approved a one-million dollar bond issue for construction of buildings and purchase of land.

Construction of the physical plant was started in 1963, and the buildings were ready for occupancy in September of 1964. From the early 1970's until 1987, postsecondary technical and adult education programs were offered in a collaborative fashion under the governance of the Board of Regents and the oversight of the Georgia State School Board. In 1987, the Technical College System of Georgia was created by the Georgia General Assembly, and the College's postsecondary technical and adult education programs were provided under the auspices of this new State government agency.

The Board of Regents authorized the Camden Center to serve the needs of Camden County residents in December 1992, and classes began in the former Kingsland Elementary School in January 1993. A permanent facility opened for services in May 2004.

Upon the recommendations of consultants retained by the Board of Regents to review institutional missions and because of Brunswick College's clear geographic service region and commitment to a comprehensive mission of transfer programs, technical programs, lifelong learning, and community service, the Board of Regents adopted the name of Coastal Georgia Community College for Brunswick College in July of 1996.

Following a study of the need for expanded degree program access in the region, in July 2008, the College was designated as a state college and authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees. The institution's new mission and enhanced scope of programming is embodied in its new name, College of Coastal Georgia. In May 2009, the College adopted a comprehensive, strategic master plan, establishing the pathway for the institution to become a center of academic and community service distinction.

LOCATIONS

The main campus of the College of Coastal Georgia is located in the coastal city of Brunswick in Glynn County and is close to St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island-gems in the chain of Georgia's Golden Isles. Situated in the northern sector of Brunswick, the college enjoys convenient access on the south from Fourth Street, which connects with U.S. Highways 341 and 17; on the west from Altama Avenue; and on the north from I-95 and the Golden Isles Parkway.

The 193-acre Brunswick campus has been carefully planted with trees and shrubs indigenous to the area. The southern pine is very much in evidence, with graceful palms, stately live oaks, hollies, and a variety of small shrubs adding to the beauty of the campus.

A network of roadways and sidewalks makes the buildings accessible by foot and auto. Paved parking lots which accommodate over nine hundred automobiles are provided for students.

To schedule a campus tour, please call 1-800-675-7235 or (912) 279-5813 at least 2 days in advance.

The Camden Center, is located in Kingsland, on seventy-five acres of land in the area known as The Lakes. It is a University System residence center with authorization to offer courses leading to either the pre-baccalaureate college transfer programs or career programs. The Center, located five minutes from the Camden High School, is easily accessible from I-95 as well as from Woodbine, St. Marys, Kingsland and Folkston. For additional information, call (912) 510-3300.

ACCREDITATION

The College of Coastal Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the College of Coastal Georgia.

Other accreditations include the following:

American Culinary Federation
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
800-624-9458

Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606-2901
312-704-5300

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-511
847-939-3597

Accreditation Commission for Education In Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
1-800-669-1656 or 404-975-5000

APPROVALS

Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
478-207-1640

Approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) - Spring 2013

Department of Veterans Affairs (for certifying Veterans' benefits)

COLLEGE MEMBERSHIPS

National Association of College Admission Counseling
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers
Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
National Academic Advising Association
Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

COLLEGE POLICIES

AUTOMOBILES
The use of cars on campus is considered a privilege extended by the college. Students who abuse the privilege may have it revoked. A current decal attesting to the registration of the car must be purchased from the Bursar's Office and must be properly affixed and visible from the rear of each car operated on campus. All automobiles should carry adequate liability and property damage insurance. Detailed regulations on the use of automobiles are provided when the decal is purchased. Unauthorized vehicles on the campus are subject to being impounded by the local police.

TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS
The use, advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products on any property owned, leased, rented, in the possession or control of, or in any way used by the College is prohibited. This prohibition includes but is not limited to all areas indoors and outdoors, buildings and parking lots, and all vehicles whether privately or publically owned. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any other smoking devices that use tobacco such as hookahs or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes are prohibited. This prohibition applies to students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors, spectators, and contracts. Only the College president may authorize an exception to this policy.

WEAPONS POLICY
Faculty, staff, students and visitors to the College of Coastal Georgia are prohibited from carrying or possessing any weapon or explosive compound while on College grounds or in College buildings. Violations of this policy will result in prompt disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion, in accordance with College employee or student disciplinary policies, as applicable.

POLICY ON CELL PHONES, LAPTOPS, TABLETS, AND OTHER PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The carrying and use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices are allowed on the College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick and Camden campuses. Users of these devices, however, must be attentive to the needs, sensibilities, and rights of other members of the College community. Furthermore, the use of these devices must not disrupt the functions of the College overall and its classrooms and laboratories. Cell phones and other personal electronic devices may be used in classrooms, laboratories, the library, study spaces, and other academic settings as permitted by the course faculty.

Students participating in off-campus course-related activities must follow the electronic devices policies of the agency or organization where they are visiting or working.

In addition, cell phones and other personal electronic devices incorporating a camera must be turned off and out of sight in areas in which an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy such as restrooms, locker rooms, showers and other locations.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR PROGRAM)
Various sections of this catalog refer to procedures for filing formal appeals or grievances. The formal procedures vary according to the nature of the problem. Unfortunately, formal appeals and grievances processes usually require a great deal of time and energy, result in high levels of frustration, and produce a less than satisfactory outcome for either or both parties. If a hearing must be conducted, both parties must spend a great deal of time preparing their statements, presenting witnesses and other data, and relying on another person or committee of persons to decide the outcome. At the end of the process one party wins and one party loses. This almost always further erodes the relationship between the parties. In addition, records of the proceedings are prepared and kept on file, limiting the confidentiality of the nature of the dispute. Therefore, prior to filing a formal appeal or grievance, persons with a complaint should consider using the College's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Alternative Dispute Resolution, commonly referred to as ADR, involves using one or more dispute resolution processes as an alternative to the traditional appeals and grievance processes. Alternative methods of dispute resolution may include one or more of the following:

  • frank and open discussion between the parties to dispel any miscommunication which may have occurred;
  • determining the issues to be resolved and negotiating with each other to reach an acceptable conclusion;
  • or participating in a mediation session with an objective third party. The third option, mediation, has been highly successful in the corporate world and is becoming much more widely used in educational settings.

ADR is an appropriate process to use regarding issues of intellectual diversity (when someone feels they have been treated unfairly by an instructor because of their ideas or opinions on a specific issue).

Mediation is a voluntary process in which an impartial third party facilitates communication and negotiation between the disputing parties in order to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The mediator has no firsthand knowledge of the problem nor any preconceived ideas of how the dispute should be settled. The mediator does not maintain a record of the session - the only written document is the negotiated agreement which is given to both parties.

If you need additional information about the Alternative Dispute Resolution or mediation, please contact the Human Resource Department at 912-279-5740.

CHILDREN ON CAMPUS
It is the goal of the College of Coastal Georgia to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all students and a safe and effective workplace for all faculty and staff. Any action which interferes with this goal will not be permitted. At no time may a child who is not a currently enrolled CCGA student be left unattended on campus, including in a campus building, on campus grounds, or in a vehicle. Children must be under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult at all times while on campus. Parents, legal guardians or responsible adults of children considered disruptive or unsupervised will be asked to remove the children from the campus immediately.

To Provide Guidance on having children on campus, the following stipulations are provided for the Academic Buildings and Library:

  • All children must be in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult at all times.
  • Children will not be allowed in the classrooms, hallways, or common areas of the first and second floors of Nunnally Health and Science Building, college laboratories, computer labs, or the fitness center at any time unless part of a sponsored, pre-approved class and the supervising teacher or paraprofessional is present.
  • For classrooms and faculty offices, children are allowed at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Any student whose child is considered disruptive or unsupervised will be asked to remove the child immediately.
  • Library is for the use by faculty, staff, and students and not appropriate for children.
  • No one may use his or her User ID to log onto a computer so a child can have access and use of it.

For a copy of the complete policy, please refer to: http://www.ccga.edu/uploaded/Policy/files/ChildrenonCampus.pdf

Questions may be directed to the Office of Student Affairs, located on the second floor of the Campus Center.

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