Berry College and Georgia Highlands College celebrated an agreement Monday that will make it easier for GHC students to transfer credits and enroll at Berry.
Berry and Georgia Highlands officials have agreed that any GHC student who earns an associate's degree and has a 3.0 GPA from all coursework at GHC will be guaranteed acceptance as a transfer student at Berry.
Berry President Steve Briggs said the two colleges have had a great relationship over the years and have been working together informally in a variety of ways. Berry already accepts GHC transfer students every year and they've been very successful, Dr. Briggs said.
"This agreement allows the two colleges to increase the opportunity for students to complete their college degrees. This speaks volumes about our community and the kind of place we want to be," he added.
GHC is a state college of the University System of Georgia, serving more than 5,500 students at five sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville.
GHC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Laura Musselwhite said: "We at GHC very much look forward to working with Berry as local partners in education. This agreement will serve as another pathway for students in our community to a four-year degree. The seamless progression possible with this type of articulation will help both colleges guide students to finish a degree in a timely fashion."
Berry Associate Provost Andrew Bressette said this is one way that Berry and GHC can work together to help increase the opportunities for students throughout Georgia.
"As the state seeks to increase the number of students who complete college, creating as many avenues as possible for students and streamlining (or removing barriers) the paths to graduation not only helps Berry and GHC, but the state as well," Dr. Bressette added.