University System of Georgia
University System of Georgia
Through a competitive grant application process, the University System of Georgia was selected to serve as one of Strong Start to Finish's scaling sites that serve as exemplars for scaling evidence-based practices.
Spearheaded by the system office and engaging all 26 USG institutions, USG-SSTF aims to significantly increase the number of students completing high-quality degrees, certificates, and licenses with labor market value while eliminating racial, ethnic and income gaps in achievement.
Hear From the Scaling Sites
Priority Action Areas
USG-SSTF's action areas are integrated into their systemwide Momentum Year model. Each institution will create a coherent strategy so that during their first academic year, each incoming student will have the opportunity to:
- Make a purposeful program choice.
- Attempt as much of the first 30 hours of a clear degree pathway as possible.
- Enroll in at least 3 courses within their area of focus.
- Create a productive academic mindset.
- Successfully complete both a freshman English and math class.
Strategies at Scale
Through the support and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, USG-SSTF will scale the following reforms:
- Host annual Momentum Summits for presidents, provosts, vice presidents for student affairs and finance officers to plan and implement the campus Momentum Year framework.
- Change campus policies to bring the co-requisite model to scale at all campuses and provide faculty training as necessary.
- Conduct ongoing research, prototype interventions and train faculty, administrators and staff on how academic mindset can influence first-year student success outcomes.
- Transform new student advising and onboarding through policy changes, implementation of system-wide BANNER data modification and three advising professional development summits.
- Redesign critical math and English gateway courses and provide professional development to faculty and administrators at all campuses.
- Revise statewide math transfer pathways and develop statistics pathways.
- Create a customizable intake system that requires all institutions to provide pre-enrollment advising to help students identify appropriate courses and learning support resources.
- Develop and utilize program maps to maximize appropriate course selection and limit unnecessary credit accumulation.
Project Leadership and Campus Involvement
USG-SSTF is managed by leadership from the Division of Academic Affairs and Division of Strategy and Fiscal Affairs. The team coordinates campus leadership, a partner council and Regents Advisory Committees to lead USG-SSTF.
The first-year experience initiatives, above, are crafted statewide as a comprehensive approach, with the system office lead and participation of all 28 institutions. These institutions collectively serve more than 44,000 first-year students annually.
- Abraham Baldwin
- Agricultural College
- Albany State University
- Atlanta Metropolitan State College
- Augusta University
- Clayton State University
- College of Coastal Georgia
- Columbus State University
- Dalton State College
- East Georgia State College
- Fort Valley State University
- Georgia College & State University
- Georgia Gwinnett College
- Georgia Highlands College
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Georgia Southern University
- Georgia Southwestern State University
- Georgia State University
- Gordon State College
- Kennesaw State University
- Middle Georgia State University
- Savannah State University
- South Georgia State College
- University of Georgia
- University of North Georgia
- University of West Georgia
- Valdosta State University