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Regents Approve Name for New Institution Created By GSU and NGCSU Merger

The new institution's mission statement has also been approved.

University of North Georgia has been selected by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents as the name for the of and North Georgia College and State University.

The name changes were the result of work on the four campuses to solicit suggestions and feedback from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community. The campus implementation teams then analyzed and tabulated the feedback to determine the recommended names that should be submitted to the regents for approval, according to Shelley Nickel, associate vice chancellor for Planning and Implementation.

What do you think about the name change and new mission statement?  Tell us in the comments below.

“Names are critical,” Nickel said in a released statement. “They establish the identity and set the tone for the new institution. As such, the names represent a tremendous amount of work and the involvement of a very broad spectrum of stakeholders. The implementation teams are to be commended for their very open and inclusive work.”

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the Board of Regents approved the following mission statement for the University of North Georgia:

The University of North Georgia, a regional multi-campus institution and premier senior military college, provides a culture of academic excellence in a student-focused environment that includes quality education, service, inquiry and creativity. This is accomplished through broad access to comprehensive academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia.

The name change and new mission statement will be effective upon both approval and accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Board of Regents approval in January 2013, according to a news release.

As for the other mergers, Middle Georgia College and Macon State College will become Middle Georgia State College.  The institutions created by the mergers of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, and that of South Georgia College and Waycross College, will be named later this year.

Ben May 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I think it is a very sad day in the long proud history of NGC. North Georgia College used to respect history and tradition. Now it has a female university president and even allows young children in classrooms with their student parents. Now they will be accepting Gainesville Colleges non traditional students. NGC used to be a school you could be proud to graduate from. It is a sad time for good ol' NGC .
Cora May 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
NGC used to be a safe conservative college you could send your granddaughters to without worries. With this Gainesville consolidation I'm not so sure anymore.
Wallace Cleaver May 10, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Gainesville State is not as good as Truett-McConnell was either -- not the one in Cleveland, but the one in Watkinsville which had a great faculty and great students. We didn't hear any complaints when Gainesville bought them out and got rid of the faculty. Nonetheless, any college has its ne'er-do-wells. I never heard such wonderful things about NGC&SU (one of the two ampersand colleges) as I'm reading here. BTW, when you say "non traditional students," that is about age (18-22) and not about academic qualifications. Where I came from, I saw people go to NGC&SU who couldn't get in anywhere else. If NGC&SU is allowing people to bring kids to class, then it is the one with non traditional students. And, BTW, some of us recall the stalking of a young lady that went on a couple of years ago at NGC&SU. That was well before the Gainesville thing, now wasn't it? My son goes to Gainesville because we swayed him there for the cost and the convenience. I'd put him up against anybody else's kid academically and athletically. Georgia, Duke, Ohio State, etc., and yes even NGC&SU, recruited him. The cream always rises to the top and every college has cream and every college, including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, has some crap.
Dr. Abraham Jacobs May 10, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I agree with the first 2 comments. Gainesville College, formerly known as Gainesville JUNIOR College was created for academically challenged youth who were not ready to attend a traditional school. It was and still is little more than a continuation of the student's high school years. At GSC the student squires knowledge he should have learned while in high school. Once the time at GSC is completed, the child will hopefully be better prepared for actual college level work. The academic level of NGCSU will be hurt by this merger.
Bruce Fraser May 10, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I've heard the Oconee campus will probably be shut down. The low academic performance of its students coupled with the area's dwindling population have made this location unnecessary.
Stephanie Gross May 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
So far reports indicate the Oconee campus will remain open. This Athens Banner-Herald article discusses the merger in more detail and compares the two colleges: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-01-10/gainesville-states-oconee-campus-will-change-little-merger
David Reynolds May 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
No one at North Georgia College is excited about the merger. The student bodies of both instiutes are polar opposites. NGC / NGCSU is made up of conservative, pro United States, moral yoing people. Gainesville Junior College consist of Beavis & Butthead community college drug addled tattoed immoral rejects that aren't ready for normal college level work.
Uncle Remus May 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Learn to type you doodoo head.
Uncle Remus May 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Just because the community college children from Gainesville are dumb is no reason to insult them. Of course they are illiterate tards that can barely spell their own names. We should still be nice to them.
Mom December 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Actually, my son graduated high school with a 3.86 and is attending Gainesville so he can continue running his own busness near by. I would put him up against any student from NGCSU...any day! They will benefit greatly by having him as a part of the new collaborative educational community.

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