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CSU ends professional studies college

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton State University announced Wednesday that it will dissolve one of its colleges, in the wake of a joint agreement between the University System of Georgia, and the Technical College System of Georgia.

That agreement calls for removing the technical college system's offerings from Clayton State and the College of Coastal Georgia.

CSU's College of Professional Studies has ceased to exist, and its 16 academic programs have been spread out across Clayton State's three remaining colleges and its School of Business, said University Spokesman John Shiffert.

"We want to keep serving these students that are enrolled in these programs, so they won't enter their junior or senior year only to find out their degree programs are no longer being offered here," Shiffert said.

Shiffert said a loss of funding from the technical college system, because of the pull-out from Clayton State, was the reason behind the elimination of the College of Professional Studies. The move means such programs as dental hygiene, paralegal studies, and health and fitness management will have new homes at CSU.

Technical College System Spokesman Mike Light said that in the past, the Technical College System of Georgia had offered some programs at CSU and the College of Coastal Georgia, as well at Dalton State College and Bainbridge College. Through this set up, the four university system schools housed the programs, but they were funded and overseen by the technical college system.

Light said the technical college system is moving its programs from CSU and the College of Coastal Georgia, to Technical College System institutions for administrative reasons, since the system was already overseeing the programs.

The technical college system, which includes 28 institutions across 80 state campuses, has also merged 13 institutions into four institutions to reduce overlapping administrative duties and cut costs, Light said.

He said the technical college system is planning consolidations through the beginning of 2010.

Through the joint agreement between the university system and the technical college system, students who had been studying through CSU's College of Professional Studies also have the option of transferring to certain local technical colleges to complete their educations.

"Through a joint agreement between the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia, those programs will be offered at Atlanta Technical College and Griffin Technical College," Light said.

Shiffert said Vice president of Business and Operations Corlis Cummings, was the best person to explain funding for the College of Professional Studies programs and how they were reassigned around the university. However, she and Interim University President Tim Hynes were at a retreat for the president's cabinet on Wednesday, and, therefore, unavailable for comment, Shiffert said.

According to Shiffert, under CSU's reorganization plan:

· The bachelor's degree programs in health and fitness management, administrative management, and technology management, and the certificate and the associate's degree programs in paralegal studies will be moved to the College of Arts and Sciences.

· The associate's degree programs in marketing and merchandising, medical assisting and office administration/technology will also move to the College of Arts and Sciences, but these programs will be phased out as current students graduate, and, therefore, no new students will be admitted to these programs.

· The associate's degree and certificate programs in computer networking will be moved to the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences.

· The bachelor's degree program for dental hygiene will be moved to the College of Health Science.

· The bachelor's degree program for health care management, and the master's degree program for health administration will be moved to the School of Business.