this would be a great opportunity, but there is a hidden agenda to this proposal. this is in regards to a piece of legislation that mr. cagle is attempting to place on the list that correlates with the proposal "tough choices or tough times" that would merge technical schools with two-year colleges. this would mean that the georgia technical system would oversee the two-year colleges instead of the university of georgia system. this would be a good idea if it were not for the fact that most all of the students that attended or are attending the two-year colleges would have a very likely chance of losing their abilities to transfer most of the courses to four-year universities. the letter that follows was posted to our email by one of our english professors at gpc the other day and speaks of the proposal:
hello gpc students,
you may or may not know that governor purdue is currently reviewing a proposal entitled “tough choices or tough times.” the section of the proposal that should concern you discusses the “merger” of the two-year colleges with the tech schools. according to several newspaper articles, the term “merger” is a misnomer. gpc and other two-year colleges would no longer exist. we would no longer belong to the university system of georgia (usg). instead, two-year institutions would be absorbed by the tech schools.
why should you oppose this “merger”? as a gpc student, you have benefitted in the following ways:
1. quality education. you are taught by award winning faculty in small classes. because gpc belongs to the university system of georgia, all the college-level courses you take transfer to any of the four-year colleges or universities within the university system of georgia. gpc also has tag agreements (transfer agreement guaranties) with over thirty public and private four-year institutions and universities in and out of the state. if you maintain a certain gpa at gpc, you are guaranteed admittance into a particular school.
2. success. gpc transfers more students to the university of georgia, georgia state college, and many other four-year state colleges and universities than any other two-year school in the system. many of our students graduate from four-year institutions with honors. to help all students succeed, we offer remedial courses to prepare students for college-level classes. remediation at the college level will be non-existent if the governor passes the proposal. gpc also offers english as a second language (esl) to support georgia’s diverse student population. under this merger, esl and other academic programs will not survive.
for those of you who wish to earn an associate’s degree, you will have fewer available programs of study.
3. access. we offer quality education at a reasonable price at multiple locations around the metro-area: clarkston, decatur, newton, dunwoody, and alpharetta. we also offer the largest selection of freshman and sophomore level online courses than any other school in the university system of georgia. students can complete their first two years of course work without coming to campus.
if you, your friends, and your family want access to an affordable quality education within the university system of georgia, we ask that you contact lt. governor casey cagel, your state representatives, and governor purdue to state that you do not support the merger of the two-year schools with the technical college system. two-year colleges should remain members of the usg because of the benefits they offer you and all georgia citizens.
because the governor could approve this proposal at any time, we have provided the links below to assist you (you may have to cut and paste the addresses into your browsers):
1. lt. governor casey cagel: 404- 656-5030; e-mail: [color=#3b5998]http://ltgov.georgia.gov/00/agency/contact_us/0,2688,2199618_87997337,00.html
2. state representatives: to find names, numbers, and e-mail addresses: congress.org http://www.congress.org/congressorg/state/main/?zip=30097&action=setaddr&view=myofficials&state=ga&submit=go type in your address to locate your two state representatives.
3. governor purdue: 404-656-1776; e-mail: http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,78006749_94820188,00.html
if you decide to contact lt. gov. casey cagel, your state legislators, and gov. purdue, please do so as soon as possible. if your state legislators are unfamiliar with the proposal, ask them to contact lt. gov. cagel.
this is the actual legislative piece that many are concerned with:
to achieve this objective we recommend:
a. either (a) create a comprehensive community college system by merging the technical colleges and two-year colleges so there is a seamless entry point for all students or, if the two systems are to maintain their separate identities, (b) make certain that the student transition into and between the two systems is seamless and that all duplication of teaching and administrative resources between tcsg and usg institutions has been removed.
you can read the full proposal at:
i know this is a little off what was first discussed on this thread, but this is very important that people understand the background of this.