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ASU to reimagine academic programs to better serve community

Albany State University announced they will be looking at changing academic programs to better serve students and the local workforce in an announcement made Thursday morning. / Photo: WFXL File


Albany State University announced they will be looking at changing academic programs to better serve students and the local workforce in an announcement made Thursday morning.

“As we focus on student retention and success, we are taking a close look at our academic foundation to make changes that will better serve our students and the community,” said Marion Fedrick, ASU executive vice president. “This effort will ensure that we are providing the academic preparation our students need for the current and future workforce opportunities of our region and state.”

Over the next few months, the university says they will identify and begin the development of new academic programs that will provide additional pathways to high-employment occupations along with conducting a comprehensive review of the complete set of program offerings and curriculum to ensure ASU best meets the economic needs of the region and ASU’s future graduates.

“State and national workforce data indicates that key areas of opportunity for the region and Albany State include information technology, healthcare and logistics,” said Art Recesso, chief innovation officer for the University System of Georgia (USG). “This effort will sync workforce talent demand in these areas with the University’s educational offerings. Close collaboration with local employers will be critical throughout this process.”

A steering committee comprised of ASU faculty and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce will put forward initial recommendations in early February.

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