Coastal Georgia Fact Book

Welcome to the College of Coastal Georgia Fact Book. The fact book transitioned to an online version in 2016 and is regularly updated with the latest data available. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness has improved the amount and type of data available about the College to help facilitate analysis of trends, decision-making and reporting. Topics include data related to the College's student body, academics, student services, and personnel.

Below are common elements of the fact book with links to each section.

General Information

Institutional Profile

Founded in 1961, the College of Coastal Georgia is a four-year state college within the University System of Georgia, located in Brunswick, Georgia, that includes an off-campus instructional site (Camden Center) in Kingsland, Georgia. The Brunswick campus is conveniently located in the center of the Golden Isles, a growing community of more than 100,000 people. With the beaches of St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island just minutes away, the College of Coastal Georgia provides an exceptional education in a strikingly beautiful location. Brunswick has the second largest concentration of documented historic structures in Georgia. The nearby islands of St. Simons and Jekyll lure visitors with the promise of beaches, resorts, and historic sites - it has long been known as the "Gateway to the Golden Isles".

Mission Statement

As a state college of the University System of Georgia, the College of Coastal Georgia will be a college of choice for residents of Georgia and beyond by providing an accessible and affordable quality education. Advocating excellence in scholarship and community engagement, the College promotes student progression and timely graduation through student-centered programs that offer a rich and diverse student experience. Students are prepared for meaningful careers, advanced study, lifelong learning, and participation in a global and technological society. The institution will provide associate and baccalaureate degrees that support the intellectual, economic and cultural needs of the community and region. (Approved by the USG Board of Regents (November 10, 2015)

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.

Carnegie Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's

Majors
Baccalaureate

American Studies, Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood/Special Education, Environmental Science, French Language and Literature, General Business, Health Informatics, Health Sciences, Hospitality Management & Tourism, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Nursing, Nursing RN to BSN, Public Management, Psychology, Spanish Language and Literature, and Workforce Management & Leadership

Career Associate
Culinary Arts, Nursing, and Radiologic Science

Associate
Associate of Arts, Core Curriculum
Associate of Science, Core Curriculum

Notice of Non-Discrimination

College of Coastal Georgia does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, ethnic or national origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status in its admission policies, educational policies, employment practices, athletic or other College-administered programs

Student Profile

The College of Coastal Georgia had a fall 2018 enrollment of 3546 students and achieved an FTE of 2944. In terms of self-declared ethnicity/race, 32% of students identify as underrepresented minorities, 66% white, and 2% undeclared. With an average age of 23, the College’s student body is composed of 68% female and 59% full-time students with 92% indicating Georgia residency, 7% out-of-state, and 1% out-of-country. New first-generation students (those with no parent or guardian who earned a bachelor's degree) account for 21% of the total student body, while adult learners (25 years of age or older) and military/veterans account for 15% and 16%, respectively. Pell Grant recipients account for 36% of students, while dual-enrolled high school students make up 10% of enrollment.

Special Learning Opportunities
  • Nursing, radiologic science and teacher certifications
  • Distance education opportunities
  • Diversity and inclusion programming
  • Undergraduate research
  • Service-learning
  • Civic engagement
  • Study abroad
Student Services
  • Academic tutoring and instruction center
  • Academic/career counseling service
  • Counseling & disability services
  • Employment services for students
  • Library resources
  • Multicultural student services
  • New student orientation
  • Placement services for completers
  • Registration and graduation
  • TRIO student support services
  • Technology HelpDesk
  • Veterans' assistance
  • Work-study programs
  • Writing Center
Faculty & Staff
  • Number of Full-Time Faculty: 113
  • Number of Full-Time Staff: 168
  • Total Full-Time Employees: 281
Graduation & Retention**
  • Six-Year Graduation Rate: 35%
  • First-Year Retention/Progression Rate: 71%
Athletics

Member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
Member of the Sun Conference (TSC)

Eight varsity sports: men's basketball, women's basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women's softball, and women’s volleyball

The College’s athletic teams’ nickname is “the Mariners.” School colors are blue and gray. The Athletics Department is home to approximately 95 student-athletes from around the US and abroad, employing seven full-time and eight part-time coaches and staff.

USEFUL LINKS

** The retention and graduation rates are based on data provided to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a system of "interrelated surveys conducted annually" by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, which defines overall graduation rate for colleges and universities as the progress of associate and baccalaureate students who began their studies as a first-time, full-time degree-seeking freshman cohort to see if they complete a degree within 150% of "normal time" for the program in which they are enrolled. This definition does not account for all entering students, regardless of their prior college experience or educational pathway – only a select subset of students.

Likewise, according to IPEDS, retention is "a measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program, expressed as a percentage." This is the percentage of first-time, full-time degree-seeking freshmen who are again enrolled in their second fall term.

It should be noted that any first-time, full-time freshmen who transfer to another postsecondary education institution that provides a degree program that CCGA does not offer will be counted as "non-completers" and consequently lower graduation rates. If such students transfer before enrolling for a second fall term, they will lower retention rates as well.

Academics

Specific degrees and programs

Baccalaureate
Baccalaureate programs are focused on selected areas of study and offer students the opportunity to complete Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts (with various majors), Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science (with various majors), Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics, Bachelor of Science in Education, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees with special emphasis on fields that support regional and state economic development.

Transfer Associate
The College offers two transfer associate degrees: Associate of Science (A.S.) and the Associate of Arts (A.A.). The college transfer curricula which lead to these degrees either prepare students for further academic study or can serve, in certain instances, as a recognized two-year degree credential for employment opportunities upon graduation. Area F is designed to provide a required foundation of courses for successful work in a specific major once the student pursues a baccalaureate degree.

Career Associate
Career programs prepare students for further academic study while providing graduates with specific knowledge and skills for employment in such fields as culinary arts, hospitality management, nursing, and radiologic sciences.

Certificates
Pre-baccalaureate certificates and one-year certificates not associated with degrees, provide students with a program of study at the postsecondary educational level based on the completion of a prescribed curriculum, including first-year certificates in Liberal Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and one-year certificates in Spanish for Professionals and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


OFF-CAMPUS INSTRUCTIONAL SITE

The Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) granted the College approval to operate an off-campus instructional site, the Camden Center, located in Kingsland, Georgia. In addition to the transfer associate degree, the Camden Center offers baccalaureate degree programs in business administration, interdisciplinary studies and psychology.

Geodemographics

Degrees Conferred

Points of Pride

Recent Highlights
  • The College of Coastal Georgia achieved enrollment growth for the fourth consecutive year, enrolling 3,663 students in fall 2017, a four percent increase from the previous fall and a 22 percent combined increase during the past three years.
  • Since 2012, the overall Bachelor of Science in Nursing program’s passage rate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt is 99%; the program was ranked “1 out of 2086 similar programs nationwide” by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. In 2015 and 2016, the Associate of Science in Nursing earned 100% pass rate for the same exam in 2016 and 2017.
  • The Associate of Science in Radiologic Sciences program had a 100%, first-attempt passing rate with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination for four of the past five consecutive years, or a 98% average over the past five years.
  • Teacher Education candidates achieve 100% employment within a few months of graduation.
  • The TRIO grant for first-generation, low-income, and/or disabled college student support was renewed for the next five-year grant cycle beginning on September 1, 2015.
  • Exceptional high school students are offered an opportunity to complete college courses during their junior/senior year of high school through a dual enrollment program; a total of 418 students enrolled in fall 2017 – a 111% increase over three years.
  • Extensive opportunities for service-learning are available to students through the Center for Service-Learning, enrolling an average of 663 students, who have served approximately 70,000 hours in the community over the last seven years.
  • Representation of Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama student residents increased over 150% since Fall 2015.
  • International students originate from 42 foreign countries with the largest number enrolling from Australia, India, and Canada over the last five years.
Rankings
  • No. 12 Top Public School among regional colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges
  • No. 2 most affordable public school for in-state students by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges
  • No. 2 in lowest out-of-state online undergraduate tuition by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges
  • No. 70 nationally in Military Times Magazine as a Veteran Friendly Campus
  • No. 14 in Affordable Schools in their posted list of the 30 most attractive yet affordable campuses
  • Athletics & Student Life

    Athletics

    The College of Coastal Georgia athletics program supports the institutional mission to foster academic excellence and individual development in a supportive environment that expands access to higher education, career preparation and enriches student lives. The purpose of the athletic program is to provide experiences which complement and support student-athletes in their pursuit of a college education and to provide them the opportunity to develop their athletic abilities in an environment consistent with high standards of academic scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership.

    Since in 2011-12, the College has been a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Initially, CCGA joined the Southern States Athletic Conference. Then, in July 2017, the College transitioned membership into The Sun Conference (TSC).

    The College’s athletic teams’ nickname is “the Mariners.” School colors are blue and gray. The Department offers eight varsity sports: men's basketball, women's basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women's softball, and women’s volleyball. Resources and oversight are also provided to the varsity cheerleading squad. The Department is home to approximately 95 student-athletes from around the US and abroad, employing seven full-time and eight part-time coaches and staff. With the exception of the outstanding local golf facilities, all athletic facilities reside in or near the Howard Coffin Building, home of the Athletics Department.

    Student Life

    The co-curricular component of the CCGA student experience is synergistic and diverse. With three residence halls that offer modern suite-living options, students are provided with engagement opportunities outside the classroom that support their social, recreational, intellectual, and personal development – enhancing their quality of life and keeping them engaged and involved in campus life.

    Student led organizations reveal much about student interests, career goals, and social life on a college campus. CCGA hosts a growing number of student clubs and organizations, including, but not limited to:

    * Association of Coastal Educators * Art Club * Biology Club * C.H.E.F. * Camden Activity Board * CCGA Dance Team * Coastal Georgia Association of Nursing Students * College of Coastal Georgia College Republicans * Converge *Entrepreneurial Writing & Broadcast Media * Fellowship of Christian Athletes * Gay-Straight Alliance * Health Informatics Association * International Association * Crow's Nest (student newspaper) * Math and Engineering Club * Overboard Entertainment * Psychology Club * Radiology Club * Residence Hall Association * Rotaract * Seaswells (student magazine) * Soccer Club * Student Government Association * Urban Gaming Club * VALOR

    In addition to the activities of these clubs and organizations, traditional college activities and events held annually on campus include Annual Homecoming Week, Mariner Fest: Family Weekend, International Education Week & International Festival, Week of Welcome, and History Month Programming (Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, Native American Heritage Month, MLK Week, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and International Fest).

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers programs that foster the understanding of and respect for cultural differences and to ensure that the campus community supports cultural and academic initiatives through multicultural education, advocacy, and intercultural understanding. In recent years, the College facilitated the “Let’s Talk Coastal” series focusing on a variety of social justice topics and how students can become educated, engage in conversation of differing opinions, and make an impact in their communities.

    Mariner Recreation focuses on student wellness and outdoor engagement opportunities. With a new functional fitness facility, The BRIG, added in 2016, and growing intramural and club sports programs, the College has put an emphasis on wellness and engagement outside of the classroom.

    Student Life also includes Career Services which provides student-centered, comprehensive career development programs and services that empower both students and alumni to achieve their lifelong career goals.

    College History

    Chronology of Campus Transformation[1]

    The College of Coastal Georgia is situated in Brunswick, Georgia, and positioned midway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. The campus is conveniently located in the center of the Golden Isles, a growing community of more than 100,000 people. The College is a four-year state college with an off-campus instructional center in Camden County. As one of 29 institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG), it is governed by policies established by the Board of Regents.

    With approval from the Board of Regents, Coastal Georgia Community College became the College of Coastal Georgia in June 2008, authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees, following its designation as a state college within the University System. In December 2008, the College was granted initial approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as a Level II institution to offer several new baccalaureate degree programs: Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business; Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood/Special Education; Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education; and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pre-licensure and RN to BSN). In March 2009, as part of the transition to a four-year institution, the College sought and received approval to discontinue the technical college programs effective July 2009. At its June 2010 Board of Trustees meeting, SACSCOC reconfirmed the College as a Level II institution authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees. Since that time, the College developed eleven additional baccalaureate degree programs, bringing the current total to sixteen.

    Early Years

    Founded as Brunswick College in 1961, the institution changed its name to Brunswick Junior College in 1965. The Brunswick and Glynn County citizens provided a $1 million bond issue for construction of buildings and purchase of land. The College began operations in 1964 with four buildings: the administration-library building, student center, academic building, and a maintenance shop building. The College’s first registration included 269 students, eleven full-time teaching faculty members, and twenty-five full-time staff. In 1966, the College held its first formal graduation to include 28 students who were awarded associate degrees. Brunswick Junior College was granted accreditation in December, 1967, by SACSCOC. That same year, the College established a nursing program, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Service and the Physical Education Division. The physical education complex was completed in January 1969.

    Community College Years

    The Vocational Technical Division was established in 1971 with offerings in business occupations, trade and industry and allied health. And, the College was granted Reaffirmation of Accreditation by SACSCOC that same year. Since 1969, the plant facilities were expanded to include a library, renovation of the old library space into administrative offices, a vocational-technical classroom-laboratory building, a science classroom building, and a classroom building/laboratory for allied health and computer classes.

    The campus size doubled in 1975 when the Brunswick City Commission and the Glynn County Commission donated 100 acres of land. A lake was dredged on the east central perimeter of the campus. At this time, the campus consisted of 193 acres. In 1981, the College was granted Reaffirmation of Accreditation by SACSCOC. And, one year later, the Governor’s Committee on Postsecondary Education recommended that “senior college status” be conferred on an institution in Southeast Georgia, with then-Brunswick Junior College identified as the preferred and best resourced option. The Committee recommended that baccalaureate and targeted graduate degrees need to be offered in the region; however, no action was taken on this recommendation for 25 years. From the late 1980s until 2008, the College offered both associate programs in higher education and postsecondary technical and adult programs. In 1992, the Board of Regents authorized an off-site instructional unit to be located in Camden County to serve students in the region with classes being offered one year later in the former Kingsland Elementary School. A new permanent facility, the Camden Center, opened in 2004. The name of Brunswick Junior College was officially changed to Coastal Georgia Community College in 1996 to better reflect the broader mission of serving the educational needs of not only Brunswick and Glynn County, but also the surrounding coastal communities.

    State College Years

    In 2007, College Degree Access for Coastal Southeast Georgia, a report to the USG Chancellor, recommended “senior college” status for then-Coastal Georgia Community College, noting that the campus is in one of the state’s most desirable locations and has one of the largest acreages within the System. The report called for the new “senior college” to offer a wide range of targeted baccalaureate degrees and to become a “destination campus to attract Georgians from other regions.” The report further recommended the development of a strategic master plan to address academic, student life and facility needs for the new campus and its new mission. In April 2008, the Board of Regents approved a recommendation to address “strategic issues in the southeast region of Georgia” to include additional access to baccalaureate degree programs and opportunities for significant University System growth. By June of the same year, the Board of Regents approved the mission change for then-Coastal Georgia Community College, granting it state college designation, providing for a new, interim mission change, and changing its name to College of Coastal Georgia.[2]

    The Board authorized a “first phase” of five baccalaureate degrees and recognized that “future phases” were expected. At its meeting in December 2008, SACSCOC granted the College initial approval as a Level II institution to offer baccalaureate degrees in business administration, early childhood/special education, middle grades education, and nursing. Between May and June 2009, The Strategic Master Plan for College of Coastal Georgia, entitled 2020 Vision, was completed and presented to the Board of Regents for its review and acceptance. The plan called for the College to “1) serve significantly increasing numbers of people from its 12-county region, and 2) be a destination College, attracting students from elsewhere in Georgia and, to a lesser extent, from other states and nations.” A full array of innovative baccalaureate programs and community engagement strategies were outlined for implementation with targeted graduate programs to be considered in future years.

    Since 2009, the landscape of higher education in Georgia has shifted faster than the sandbanks along the St. Simons Island beach. Education has become a top priority, recognized as critical for the economic development and well-being of the state. Retention, progression and timely graduation have become the new standards of success and the new formula for funding. Against this backdrop, the timing could not be better for institutional planning beyond this decade, into 2021.

    In August 2014, the College of Coastal Georgia began undergoing an inclusive, rigorous and synergistic strategic planning process, including an environmental scan and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, as well as hosting a series of focus groups with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including alumni, community, College Foundation, and K16 constituents. Through thoughtful deliberation and reflection, five strategic themes (Student Enrichment, Academic Excellence, Institutional Distinction, Leadership through Community Engagement & Partnerships, and Sustainability & Organizational Development) were formulated to serve as key pillars with foundational strategic goals and objectives that support the College’s mission, vision and core values. The end result of this strategic planning process was the creation of Coastal Vision 2021.

    The new strategic plan provides Schools, departments, and offices on the Brunswick campus and Camden Center a guide for navigating through planning and resource allocation decisions. Coastal Vision 2021 sets a dynamic pathway to the future for the College in becoming a college of choice, providing associate and baccalaureate degree programs, accentuated by strong leadership, exemplary student development, and worthwhile community linkages to the cultural, economic and social well-being of the local community, southeast Georgia and beyond.

    In November 2015, the Board of Regents adopted a new mission[3] for the College, codifying the vision that: 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.

    As of fall 2016, with 16 baccalaureate degree programs,[4] four career associate degree programs,[5] and two associate for transfer degrees[6], the College continues to expand as a state college, providing an outstanding education for tomorrow's leaders and citizens.


    [1] Sources: Institutional Effectiveness Fact Books; The New Georgia Encyclopedia, A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.

    [2] Note: The Regents explicitly did not incorporate “state college” into the name of the new institution.

    [3] As a state college of the University System of Georgia, the College of Coastal Georgia will be a college of choice for residents of Georgia and beyond by providing an accessible and affordable quality education. Advocating excellence in scholarship and community engagement, the College promotes student progression and timely graduation through student–centered programs that offer a rich and diverse student experience. Students are prepared for meaningful careers, advanced study, lifelong learning, and participation in a global and technological society. The institution will provide associate and baccalaureate degrees that support the intellectual, economic and cultural needs of the community and region.

    [4] American Studies, Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood/Special Education, French Language and Literature, General Business, Health Informatics, Health Sciences, Hospitality Management & Tourism, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Nursing, Nursing RN to BSN, Public Affairs, Psychology, Spanish Language and Literature, and Workforce Development.

    [5] Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Nursing, and Radiologic Science.

    [6] Associate of Arts, Core Curriculum and Associate of Science, Core Curriculum

    Retention and Graduation

    Retention & Graduation
    The retention and graduation rates presented below are based on data provided to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a system of "interrelated surveys conducted annually" by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, which defines overall graduation rate for colleges and universities as the progress of associate and baccalaureate students who began their studies as a first-time, full-time degree-seeking freshman cohort to see if they complete a degree within 150% of "normal time" for the program in which they are enrolled. This definition does not account for all entering students, regardless of their prior college experience or educational pathway – only a select subset of students.

    Likewise, according to IPEDS, retention is "a measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program, expressed as a percentage." This is the percentage of first-time, full-time degree-seeking freshmen who are again enrolled in their second fall term.

    It should be noted that any first-time, full-time freshmen who transfer to another postsecondary education institution that provides a degree program that CCGA does not offer will be counted as "non-completers" and consequently lower graduation rates. If such students transfer before enrolling for a second fall term, they will lower retention rates as well.

    CriterionRecent
    Performance
    Target Value
    2014 cohort 2018 cohort
    Associate three-year graduation rate9%13%

    2011 cohort 2015 cohort
    Bachelor's six-year graduation rate 23% 27%

    2016 cohort 2020 cohort
    Associate retention rate (fall-to-fall)49%57%
    Bachelor's retention rate (fall-to-fall)58%66%

    Strategic Plan 2016-2021

    University System of Georgia

    1. Renew excellence in undergraduate education to meet students’ 21st century educational needs
    2. Strengthen the USG’s partnerships with the state’s other education agencies
    3. Create enrollment capacity to meet the needs of 100,000 additional students by 2020
    4. Maintain affordability so that money is not a barrier to participation in higher education
    5. Increase USG’s participation in research & economic development to benefit a global Georgia
    6. Increase efficiency, working as a System

    College of Coastal Georgia

    STRATEGIC THEMES, GOALS & OBJECTIVES

    THEME A – STUDENT ENRICHMENT

    The College of Coastal Georgia is a community of scholars that engages students in intellectual, cultural, social, personal, and professional growth. The institution maintains a safe and nurturing environment that supports and encourages students to participate in curricular and co-curricular activities that promote intellectual curiosity, student success and engaged citizenship.

    GOALS/OBJECTIVES

    A1. Enhance opportunities for student engagement by providing an educational, inclusive, and socially responsible learning community within the College and beyond

    A1.1. Actively pursue the College’s Complete College Georgia plan to increase student retention, progression, and graduation by enhancing college transition and student success initiatives and partnerships

    A1.2. Enhance programming initiatives to develop a high-quality, vibrant student life program that promotes the physical, social, academic, and emotional health and wellness of students

    A1.3. Provide opportunities for students to develop leadership competencies

    A1.4. Promote excellence in and breadth of intramural, club, and intercollegiate athletic programming

    A1.5. Develop institution-wide diversity initiatives that promote inclusion and global awareness

    A1.6. Promote and maintain a multifaceted career-planning program for students which leads to successful personal and professional transitions


    THEME B – ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

    The College of Coastal Georgia is a community committed to providing an educational experience for a diverse student population that is rigorous, inclusive, engaging, socially sensitive, interdisciplinary, and global.

    GOALS/OBJECTIVES

    B2. Create a culture of engaged teaching, learning and assessment

    B2.1. Develop opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching

    B2.2. Support reflective, interactive and experiential learning

    B2.3. Embed service-learning throughout the curriculum

    B2.4. Advance diversity across the curriculum through learning activities centered around identity and inclusiveness

    B2.5. Standardize the practice of integrating assessment into teaching

    B2.6. Develop campus programming that allows for the recruitment and retention of academically-talented students

    B3. Enhance the depth and breadth of academic programs to expand opportunities for students

    B3.1. Identify new degree programs that meet the professional and intellectual needs of students

    B3.2. Develop study abroad opportunities for students to gain a global perspective

    B3.3. Expand opportunities throughout the curriculum that allow students to pursue new majors, minors, and concentrations within the boundaries of 120 credit hours

    B4. Increase opportunities for faculty development in relationship to teaching and scholarship

    B4.1. Provide support for faculty-student research

    B4.2. Expand support for faculty research and grant writing

    B4.3. Increase instructional support for the use of technology in the classroom, as well as for online and hybrid courses

    B4.4. Support faculty research and exchange opportunities abroad


    THEME C – INSTITUTIONAL DISTINCTION

    Increase and enhance the College of Coastal Georgia’s visibility and reputation for an experiential and supportive approach to learning that prepares graduates for community engagement as well as professional and personal success.

    GOALS/OBJECTIVES

    C5. Achieve regional, state, national, and international recognition for institutional distinction and educational excellence

    C5.1. Refine the College’s institutional identity

    C5.2. Create a marketable institutional brand

    C5.3. Develop and implement strategies to increase awareness of the positive impact that the institution, faculty, staff and its graduates have on the region, state, nation, and global community

    C5.4. Improve the College’s rankings in reputable and recognized educational publications and surveys


    THEME D – LEADERSHIP THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & PARTNERSHIPS

    The College of Coastal Georgia works in partnership with key stakeholders within the region, including educational support groups, not-for-profits, governmental agencies and economic development organizations, to enhance cultural experiences and raise community-wide awareness of the value of an educational system. The institution is committed to engagement and partnership within the region and internationally to provide academic and extracurricular experiences for students and create an educational structure which can drive the institution and the region forward.

    GOALS/OBJECTIVES

    D6. Raise the institutional position and profile of the College within the community to help shape regional growth

    D6.1. Provide knowledge and expertise of faculty, staff and students to the region

    D6.2. Collaborate with educational and economic partners to define and develop programs to meet the needs for regional growth

    D6.3. Integrate and enhance student learning and development through service-learning and other experiential activities that address community needs

    D6.4. Expand efforts to develop educational pathways and partnerships with local P-12 school systems, the technical college system, and the University System of Georgia

    D6.5. Develop and sustain collaborative partnerships with community members and organizations to maximize student engagement and community involvement


    THEME E – SUSTAINABILITY & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Sustainability calls for the College of Coastal Georgia to efficiently use its resources – human, physical and financial – to ensure the future success of the institution. With limited resources and competing needs, it is imperative that the institution create strategies that make the most effective use of its resources.

    GOALS/OBJECTIVES

    E7. Develop and sustain an organizational, fiscal and physical infrastructure that supports and enhances the college community

    E7.1. Ensure all facilities, equipment and technology meet state and federal requirements and College operational needs, while enhancing efficiencies

    E7.2. Recruit and retain qualified faculty and staff, while promoting both diversity and inclusion

    E7.3. Develop and maintain organizational and financial plans that continue to support faculty, staff and student success 7.4. Develop a long-range sustainable plan for athletics

    E7.5. Address all organizational elements at the Camden Center through development of focused strategies

    E7.6. Continue to transform the institution as a college of choice through ongoing implementation of the strategic master plan

    E7.7. Promote fiscal responsibility in all initiatives

    E7.8. Refine and maintain a comprehensive risk management plan that addresses the College’s overall responsibility

    E7.9. Maintain a sustainable enrollment management plan to ensure continued institutional growth and financial stability

    Shared Governance

    FACULTY SENATE

    The faculty shall be represented by a Faculty Senate, which shall be formed by the Faculty Senate Bylaws approved by a vote of at least a majority of the faculty and by the President (USG Board of Regents Policy 3.2.4).

    The Faculty Senate is a vehicle through which faculty share in the operation and management of the College by way of a shared governance model of decision-making between the Faculty Senate and the senior administration; it underscores the belief that faculty are at the heart of the academic mission of teaching, research, and service. Any member of the Faculty may bring to the attention of the Faculty Senate at its regularly scheduled meetings any matters defined as within the scope of faculty governance. Substantial items shall be presented in the form of a written motion or proposal.

    The Faculty Senate shall direct such motions or proposals, when appropriate, to the proper council or committee for study and recommended action by the Faculty. Any motion, recommendation, or proposal having been favorably adopted by the Faculty Senate shall be forwarded to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Upon his/her endorsement, said motion, etc., becomes an official policy of the College. The Bylaws of the Faculty Senate contain a fuller description of its responsibilities and organization

    PRESIDENT'S CABINET

    The President's Cabinet shall meet as called and shall serve in an advisory capacity to the President on non-academic administrative matters. The President's Cabinet is chaired by the President and its membership shall include the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Business Affairs, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, the Vice President for Advancement, the Chief Information Officer, the Director of Athletics, the Director of Institutional Effectiveness/International Education, the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Chair of the Staff Assembly, and the Director of Internal Audit.

    Other persons may be asked to attend Cabinet meetings when deemed appropriate by the President. Minutes of Cabinet meetings shall be recorded by the College staff and a copy provided to each Cabinet member.

    STAFF ASSEMBLY

    Any staff employee of the College of Coastal Georgia, full-time regular or temporary, not classified as Faculty shall be considered a member of the Staff Assembly. The leadership of the Staff Assembly shall include an Executive Board composed of a chair, vice chair, secretary, four unit members and the Director of Human Resources in an advisory capacity.

    The Staff Assembly shall meet at least five times during the fiscal year. Any motion, recommendation, or proposal having been favorably recommended by the Staff Assembly shall be forwarded to the appropriate administrator(s) for further discussion and approval.

    The Bylaws of the Staff Assembly contain a fuller description of its responsibilities and organization.

    STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

    The Student Government Association, based on the authority granted by the College, shall strive to:

    • to ensure democratic representation and governance
    • to act as the voice for student concerns through service on college committees
    • to disseminate important information to the College of Coastal Georgia students
    • to assist in the allocation and approval of student activity funds
    • to promote campus pride and spirit on campus and in local communities around the College.

    Financial Resources

    The College of Coastal Georgia has sufficient financial resources to support its mission and has demonstrated financial stability on a consistent basis. The College prepares a comprehensive annual budget that is preceded by sound planning, is subject to sound fiscal procedures, and is approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which is the governing board for the institution. Revenues for the General Operating Budget are comprised of State Appropriations and internal revenues (tuition and other revenues). The Vice President for Business Affairs, who submits formal revenue projections to the Board of Regents annually, forecasts internal revenues. On a local level, budget priorities are linked to the institutional and University System strategic plan based upon planning and assessment documents completed at the departmental level. The President, Vice Presidents, and other Cabinet members identified funding priorities. Fiscal Year 2020 funding priorities focused on building faculty and staff capacity in support of the institutional transformation as a college of choice locally, regionally and beyond. The budget is reviewed by the University System budget office staff and is ultimately approved by the Board of Regents. Budget amendments are then submitted on a quarterly basis.

    Employment, Job Placement & Graduate Education

    Introduction

    The Office of Career Services prepares an annual First Destination Report about Life after CCGA. The graduating class is surveyed, and research continues for at least six months after graduation with a goal of at least 80% of the graduating class responding to at least one survey. This executive summary represents data results from students graduating in 2018.

    The survey cohort consists of baccalaureate degree graduates from arts & humanities, business, criminal justice, health informatics, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, nursing, and public management. The cohort also consists of Career Associate‐level graduates in culinary arts, radiologic science, hotel management, and nursing. Lastly, Associate for Transfer graduates from over 46 pre‐majors were included in the survey. The overall response rate was 94.8%.

    Employment Placement

    A sample of organizations who hired College of Coastal Georgia graduates this past year include: Southeastern Pathology, Southeast Georgia Health System, US Department of Homeland Security, International Auto Processing, Memorial Hospital, Coastal Regional Commission Area on Agency, Sea Island Company, Glynn County Health Department, Glynn County School System, GEO Group, Edward Jones Investments, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Long County School System, Toombs County Board of Education, UF Health Jacksonville, Satilla Riverkeeper, and Warner Robbins Air Force Base.

    Job Placement

    • 80% of respondents indicated that they had secured either employment or were continuing their education (e.g., graduate school) within six months of graduation.
    • 70% of graduates who reported being employed indicated that the position they found was in their area of study.

    Graduate and Professional Education

    According to survey data collected in 2018, 13% of surveyed graduates planned to pursue further graduate or professional school study within one year or in the near future. A sample of institutions where recent graduates are planning to enroll include:

    • Columbia University in the City of New York (NY)
    • Eastern Tennessee State University (TN)
    • Georgia Southern University
    • Georgia State University
    • Savannah State University (GA)
    • University of Georgia
    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Valdosta State University (GA)
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