GGC at 10: a higher education snapshot

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To better understand how well Georgia Gwinnett College is performing after only 10 years, it is important to have a good overview of higher education in the U.S.

As an access institution, GGC makes education possible for students who might not be accepted at more selective colleges and universities. This makes a college degree possible for students who would otherwise never go to college.

Once enrolled at GGC, students are immersed in a learning environment specially designed to facilitate student success. Hallmarked by an intentional dedication to faculty-student mentorship and student engagement, the college also offers a wide range of tutoring services and other programs that help each student find a path to success – no matter the level of academic preparation, learning style, work schedule or financial barrier.

“Sometimes, these students simply need a little more help, inspiration or engagement,” said Dr. Lois C. Richardson, interim senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost. “And studies show that engaged students are more likely to stay in school and graduate, which transforms their lives, families and communities. This is the great opportunity offered by Georgia Gwinnett College.”

Graph representing student mobility and national growth
Graph representing the diversity of GGC
Graph representing the financing of college
Graph representing the age breakdown of GGC students and retention rates
Graph representing estimated salaries of people of different education levels


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Notes:

diamond iconStudent mobility for any degree-granting institution.

Square IconOther includes nonresident alien and unknown race/ethnicity. Hispanic rate of increase highest among categories.

Star IconLifetime earnings based on the average wages of 10-year cohort by degree. Figures use 2006 dollars. Future earnings have been discounted at 3 percent.

Triangle IconIncome based on the upper limit of the median for usual weekly earnings in 4th quarter of 2014.

All other data: Georgia Gwinnett College

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