Georgia Perimeter College FAQs

The news of the planned consolidation of Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) and Georgia State University has elicited many questions. While some questions were answered during the Jan. 13 town hall meetings at GPC and Georgia State, many questions can’t be answered until the consolidation implementation teams start their work.

 

The following is a compilation of faculty, staff and student questions that can be addressed. The GPC Newsroom will continue to post answers to questions as we get them.

Georgia State President Dr. Mark Becker will serve as president. The consolidated institution will keep the name Georgia State University.
Shelley Nickel, vice chancellor for planning and implementation with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents: “We have said all along that we will be considering more consolidations. Consolidating the two institutions will help us improve student success by expanding access, applying best-practice programs and reinvesting savings into academics for the benefit of our students.”
Yes. GPC interim President Rob Watts: “We will not lose the access mission in this consolidation. We will continue to serve the kind of students we have always served.” Nickel: “The Board of Regents is also committed to preserving the access mission.”
There will likely be two tiers of admission requirements — one for associate-degree-seeking students at the access (GPC) campuses and one for baccalaureate-degree-seeking students at the downtown campus. Watts: “I would not expect them to be much different than they are now.”
Plans call for a two-tiered system where the associate-degree students pay lower fees and tuition amounts. This is what happened with Gainesville State College, an access institution, when it recently consolidated with North Georgia University. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents and chancellor have stated their commitment to keeping college affordable
The consolidation implementation team will be assessing the needs and infrastructure of the new consolidated institution. The consolidation team’s final report to the Board of Regents will include a recommendation about campus structures and locations. Nickel: “Data, student usage and community engagement all will go into this decision.”

The policy at each respective institution is not expected to change. GPC enrolls undocumented students (who pay out-of-state tuition) while Georgia State is one of five USG institutions that do not.
Yes, you will have to apply as you do now. You may also apply to transfer to another four-year university.
Yes. Georgia State offers a continuing education program. Admission is open to everyone. There are no educational prerequisites for most courses, and students are not required to send transcripts or take university entrance exams to enroll.
Most likely. Dr. Becker has stated support for transfer articulation agreements with other four-year universities: “The goal is that the students, wherever they start, get the support to be successful, whether it is graduating [from GPC] with an associate degree, Georgia State with a bachelor degree or somewhere else. That is what we are in the business of doing.”
Nickel: “Historically, that is what we have done. We have not had any issues taking tenure away from anyone.”
An increase in salaries is unlikely. Becker: “The same question came up with the North Georgia/Gainesville State consolidation. The answer is that the Gainesville State access mission is still the Gainesville State mission, and, in general, salaries did not change much, if at all.”
The college expects to maintain small class sizes following the transition because smaller classes are an integral part of the access mission. GPC campuses have very few spaces that could accommodate large classes.
No. The downtown Georgia State campus will continue to serve baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral students while the GPC access campuses will serve associate-degree students. However, there may be some crossover with online classes. GPC has the largest online program in the university system.
Students wishing to obtain a four-year degree will have to apply and be accepted into Georgia State’s baccalaureate track. GPC will continue to offer associate degrees.
According to the Board of Regents, “The Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter consolidation presents an opportunity to create a modern, urban university that balances the needs for access as well as research and public service.”
Yes. GPC department chairs and administrators have encouraged their faculty and staff to reach out to their counterparts at Georgia State.
A decrease in the number of jobs will likely occur. However, until details are worked out, it is not possible to know how many or which ones. Certain administrative functions will be combined, resulting in the need for fewer positions over time.
GPC has suspended recruitment for its athletic teams. GPC will continue its regular schedule for all spring sports, but that will likely be the last time GPC Jaguar teams play. Athletes on scholarship have been given the opportunity to keep their scholarships through their eligibility if they choose to stay at GPC. If they choose to leave, they will get a release letter allowing them to play at another institution.
No. However, there is a possibility students will be able to try out for Georgia State teams.
Becker: “We will be looking at past models administratively and considering how the new organization needs to organize itself—whether there will be duplicate departments or campus-based faculty. However, all the answers won’t be known until later in the process.”
Nickel: “In previous consolidations, there have been opportunities for departments to work together before the official consolidation. This has been done through a MOU (memorandum of understanding) where one leader becomes a de facto leader of that unit. We do know that administrative systems like BANNER and financial aid will be merged.”