STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University will receive $4.7 million from the board of regents to support the state of Georgia’s Complete College Georgia initiative, designed to increase Georgia’s share of workers with a college degree or certificate.
The funds represent part of $72.5 million provided by Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly to support efforts to increase college completion rates.
Georgia Southern will use around $4.7 million in new funding to address priority full-time faculty and staff hiring needs in support of college completion efforts. New faculty will be recruited for all of the university’s academic units, including the recently established Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology and renamed College of Science and Mathematics.
In addition, the university will recruit new faculty in the colleges of business administration, education, health and human sciences, liberal arts and social sciences as well as the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.
In addition to hiring faculty, the university plans to use a portion of the $4.7 million to add academic advisors, enhance the academic experiences provided by its First-Year Experience program and add staff at the library. GSU also is working to expand its honors program and will provide additional international learning opportunities for students.