Campus News

UGA, Spelman extend agreement

A five-year renewable cooperative agreement between UGA and Spelman College was extended for an additional year, which began Sept. 1 and will run through Aug. 31, 2005. The agreement allows students from Spelman to participate in the UGA Graduate School Feeder Program.

Under the agreement, approved students from the historically black women’s college will sign a contract of participation that will make Spelman seniors eligible for annual graduate assistantships with mentorship at UGA. Spelman College will identify students who meet UGA admissions requirements and who are interested in the program, review applications, and administer the program through its Office of Graduate Studies Preparation. Both institutions will provide contact persons to work directly with students participating in the feeder program.

The partnership is in keeping with UGA’s goals to build the new learning environment and promote diversity, according to UGA President Michael F. Adams.

“This is an exciting step in our ongoing effort to increase the diversity of the UGA campus at all levels,” says Adams. “Graduate degrees for minority students are an important component of improving access to higher education, and the students who participate in the Graduate School Feeder Program will serve as mentors for the next generation.”

The Graduate School plans to develop similar agreements with other institutions at the Atlanta University Center, Paine College, and Albany State, Savannah State and Fort Valley State ­universities.