More degree programs, scholarships headed to GRU

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been 113 days since the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences was approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.

Georgia Regents University President Dr. Ricardo Azziz discussed his goals for the university during his presidential address on Tuesday afternoon.

Azziz says the university will launch four new degree programs this fall:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Applied Information Systems and Technologies
  • A Bachelor of Arts with a major in Anthropology
  • A Bachelor of Science with a major in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • A Bachelor of Science with a major in Ecology

The following certificate and degree programs are in development:

  • A certificate program in Health Professions Education
  • An MD/MBA program, which is in the final stages of approval
  • A BS/DMD program and a Ph.D. in Education program, which are both in the final stages of development to launch in fall 2014

Azziz says the school has created five presidential scholarships for incoming freshman students. The scholarships will go to in-state, Zell Award recipients and will be renewable for four years. GRU's goal is to grow this program to 20 students.

He also touched on achievements of the Health System, including Georgia Regents Medical Center getting named as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, making it the only hospital in the state and one of less than 20 nationwide to receive this honor.

According to Azziz, plans are in the works with the mayor, the Augusta Commission and the Augusta Regional Collaboration Project to develop the GRU campus.

Of the $64 million requested by GRU from the University System of Georgia, Azziz says $45 million will go to the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center research building. Another $5 million will go to equipment for the Education Commons Building, while $10 million will go to cancer research. An additional $4.6 million will go to various initiatives on campus.

News 12's Ryan Houston will have the latest during News 12 First at Five.

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