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Chancellor: No bachelor's degrees at Darton

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Despite a community push for Darton College to become a four-year school, the University System Chancellor says it's not going to happen.

Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Junior got a lot of questions on that issue Thursday during an annual visit to Darton College. Davis discussed the topic at length during a lunch with community leaders. Darton estimates it would cost approximately $368,000 a year to run a bachelor's degree program in nursing. Supporters suggest nursing as a pilot 4-year program.

Davis admits there is a need for more nursing programs, but he says there's no money for major expansions.

"You have to consider the economic times that we're in where were are in fact being put under legislative pressure to contract our system not expand it. We have put baccalaureate programs at half of our access institutions, 8 of our 16 institutions," said Davis.

A group called Citizens for Economic Development set up a booth at the Exchange Club Fair. They're urging people to sign a petition asking the Board of Regents to consider the bachelor's degree program. The group says if money is the issue, they'll raise it themselves.

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