Georgia Gwinnett College recently earned impressive rankings in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report's College Compass.
According to a press release, the college has grown from 118 students to over 9,000, placing it among the ten largest schools within the University System of Georgia. GGC placed sixth in relation to other top ten Southern public colleges and was the second highest ranked public college in the state of Georgia.
“GGC’s growth is the ultimate indicator that students and their parents recognize its commitment to student success, as well as its quality of integrated educational experience. The college’s rankings, which are based on various assessment data, are a testament to our success as an institution and our expanding reputation," said President Daniel J. Kaufman in the release.
GGC also was named a 2012-2013 College of Distinction (collegesofdistinction.com) and is ranked in the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide in the categories of level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, supportive campus environment and student/faculty interaction outside the classroom by the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement.
Kaufman stated, "While the U.S. News ranking methodology is based on data and reputation measures, the NSSE represents the voices of our students. All assessment measures are important, but given GGC’s mission and vision, the voices of our students are certainly those to which we pay particular attention. The NSSE data is more closely related to our overall commitment to student success.”
“Engaged students are more likely to stay in college and graduate. Our NSSE scores indicate that our own students think we are doing a great job when it comes to providing them with a high-quality educational experience," added Kaufman.
Exactly how much as GGC grown in the last few years? GGC recently added 52 full time and 60 part-time faculty positions, according to a press release this brings the college's full-time faculty to 352 and part-time to 217. During the winter of 2012-2013, the school is scheduled to break ground on a new Allied Health and Sciences building. Currently construction is continuning on the new $13.5 million dollar athletic complex. The Grizzlies began their first year in intercollegiate sports this fall.