Complete College Georgia Plan

By 2020, it is projected that over 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Presently, approximately 42 percent of the state’s young adults, its burgeoning workforce, are prepared to such a level. To remain competitive, Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels, but also produce an additional estimated 250,000 graduates in upcoming years.

Under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative, the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia address this critical need in Georgia’s Higher Education Completion Plan. The two Systems emphasize the consequences of inaction, identify what must be done, and outline a collaborative process to guide the work of their respective 60 institutions of higher education to rapidly increase the proportion of young adults with a certificate or degree, while maintaining a commitment to quality. Three areas of primary focus include: partnerships and accountability, performance, and college readiness and access. [Source: USG Office of Educational Access and Success].

As part of the Complete College Georgia report, Valdosta State University outlines strategies that include strengthening many existing programs and creating new ones that will improve overall student success, specifically in the following areas: collaborating with K-12 schools, improving access for working adults and military students, increasing online bachelor's degree options, and using a variety of information technology tools for early intervention of students who are academically at risk.

“Valdosta State University has always been dedicated to student success,” said VSU President William J. McKinney. “Our efforts as a part of Complete College Georgia position us an innovative leader in serving the needs of all students.”

A major focus of VSU’s Complete College Georgia plan is the addition of more online degree programs. For more than a decade, VSU has offered online graduate programs including education specialists, master’s level education degrees, and a Doctor of Public Administration. Last year, VSU began offering undergraduate online degrees in Office Administration and Technology, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership.

Principal Documents

Valdosta State University Complete College Georgia Plan (PDF). Posted August 22, 2012.

VSU Complete College Georgia 2012-13 Status Report (PDF). Posted September 3, 2013.

VSU Complete College Georgia 2013-14 Status Report (PDF). Posted December 15, 2014.

VSU Complete College Georgia 2014-15 Status Report (PDF). Posted November 20, 2015.

VSU Complete College Georgia 2015-16 Status Report (PDF). Posted December 1, 2016.


Press Release: Governor Deal Announces $1 million grant, Complete College Georgia Initiative (August 4, 2011)

Press Release: Governor Deal Charges Campus Presidents with Complete College Georgia Mission (February 28, 2012)

Press Release: Valdosta State University Receives Funds to Increase College Success (June 4, 2012)

University System of Georgia Complete College Georgia website.

Valdosta State University's Complete College Georgia Plan (PDF) (August 2012)

Georgia's Higher Education Completion Plan (PDF) (2012)

Press Release: Public Colleges Finalize Plans to Help More Georgians Earn Degrees (September 10, 2012)

University System of Georgia Campus Completion Plans (September 2012)

Press Release: VSU Announces Plan to Help More Students Earn a Degree (September 10, 2012) 

Press Release: Valdosta State University Recognized Nationally for Adult Learning Success (November 8, 2012) 

Press Release: VSU Uses Innovative Technology to Increase Student Success and Retention (January 10, 2013) 

Press Release: Valdosta State and Wiregrass Partner to Produce More College Graduates (February 1, 2013) 

Press Release: College Completion Summit to Focus on Economic Development (February 15, 2013)

Complete College Georgia Meetings website (February 17, 2013) 

Press Release: Valdosta State Continues to Create a More Highly Educated Workforce (July 1, 2013)

Press Release: Helping Students Succeed Academically is Focus of Centralized Advising (October 24, 2013)

Press Release: VSU Featured in Campus Technology for use of Data for Student Retention (March 24, 2014)

Press Release: VSU and Georgia Military College Sign Articulation Agreement (March 24, 2014)

Press Release: Governor Nathan Deal Announces “Go Back. Move Ahead.” Campaign (July 29, 2014)


Implementation of the Complete College Georgia campus plan involves numerous individuals both from inside and outside our institution. If you have questions about VSU's plan or ideas to enhance the plan, please contact one of the following individuals:

  • Mr. Rob Freidhoff, Executive Director of University Advising and Student Transitions

  • Dr. Bob Smith, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Dr. Sheri Gravett, Associate Provost and Professor of English