Georgia Perimeter College is a public, two-year college; the third largest institution within the University System of Georgia. With current enrollment at more than 23,500 students, GPC's population is the most diverse in the system, welcoming hundreds of
On this fifth year of the GILC, special thanks go to James Gardiner of Georgia Tech, who chaired the planning committee, and Richard Beaubien of Georgia Perimeter College, who was registrar extraordinaire.
Congratulations go to the new GAIE officers elected at the conference: Chair-Elect Greg Moor of Chattahoochee Technical College, and Secretary/Treasurer-Elect Richard Beaubien of Georgia Perimeter College.
Richard Beaubien, director of recruitment and admissions at Perimeter, said the number of applications and students is growing.
"Because of the economy, we're getting more and more transient students," Beaubien said.
He also said the Board of Regents requires Perimeter - and all other Georgia institutions - to gather the immunization forms of every one of those students.
"We're not terribly happy about keeping track of immunizations, but we have to," Beaubien said.
Beaubien said he thinks a shared information system would be good for Perimeter.
"It would be ideal to move toward a common database," he said, saying such a device is in the future.
"It's slowly moving in that direction."
But there are hurdles to overcome in order to create such a system.
"I get a headache just thinking about how much work it would be," Beaubien said.
GPC + JE + TAG equals online learning opportunities for students in India
Richard Beaubien is greeted by student leaders at Bakhshi's Springdales School in Kota, India.
This summer, Georgia Perimeter College'sRichard Beaubien travelled 28 hours to Kota, India, to introduce educational opportunities at GPC to Indian high school students.
However, the students won't have to travel at all to attend GPC-they'll earn their associate degrees by taking distance education courses via the college's Online division.
"The benefits of such an arrangement are patently clear when a student can stay at home in India and save a significant amount off the cost of tuition and fees-not to mention living expenses-of the first two years of a postsecondary education in the United States," says Beaubien, GPC's director of Recruitment and Admissions.
Beaubien says GPC did its homework before identifying Kota from among several larger cities, such as New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, as a place to introduce the benefits of GPC Online in a controlled and measured manner.
Kota has earned an exemplary reputation because of the city's high percentage of students in preparatory programs aiming for university entrance.
"Bakhshi's Springdales School met every possible measure of a potential partner school with many students who have plans to complete a degree in the United States," says Beaubien.
"It should be noted that many schools from many countries have approached the Indian market without an understanding of how things work in India, and an unfortunately high number of those institutions have failed in their endeavors and have left a bad taste in many mouths," he adds.
"Understanding this, GPC intends to work with one prestigious school, start small, and get it right.
India, even more so than the United States, has a word-of-mouth consumer culture in which initial success magnifies further success."
According to Beaubien, the faculty and staff of Bakhshi's Springdales School immediately saw the benefits of the proposal and invited Beaubien to their campus to present the proposal directly to the students and parents.
Beaubien says there are still some technical issues to be handled, but initial indications are very positive.
"Not fifteen minutes following the presentation at the Palace, we began receiving calls from students at other schools asking how they could also become involved," he adds.
Paula Carter and the college-wide Admissions team exemplify exceptional internal customer service by going above and beyond requirements, says Richard Beaubien, GPC director of Recruitment and Admissions.
"The team's messages were full of hope, positive support and reassurance that her job was waiting for her and she would be able to provide for her family," Beaubien says.
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