Welcome to Engage – The magazine of Georgia Gwinnett College
I am pleased to introduce you to the inaugural issue of our new magazine, Engage. The purpose of Engage is to share the GGC story with the college’s many audiences.
Georgia Gwinnett is in its eighth academic year, and the campus now bustles with almost 10,000 students. We quickly became one of the University System of Georgia’s 10 largest institutions, and we will reach an enrollment of about 13,000 by 2016 – quite a change from when we opened our doors to 118 students in 2006.
GGC’s innovative, new model for higher education has proven itself, not only through many quantifiable success measures, but through the stories of our students. Some didn’t think GGC’s approach would work. On the following pages, you’ll find many examples of how it has not only worked, but excelled.
GGC also has woven itself into the fabric of Gwinnett County and the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region, and its many roles have grown in number, scope and impact. The opportunities and challenges we face as a young, rapidly growing institution are complex. Community support and involvement are more important than ever as we transition from an emphasis on building enrollment and facilities to the maturation of programs and initiatives.
Engage provides a more effective venue for telling GGC’s bigger, more complex story, both in print and online here at engage.ggc.edu, where readers can find videos and interactive content.
Why did we name the magazine Engage? Because that is what we do – from faculty engaging with students, to a class engaging with a community organization on a special project, to the college engaging with local community, business and elected officials. It is through active, purposeful and effective engagement that this college has become such a very special place.
I invite you to Engage with GGC.