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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Policy Allows for Admission of Clayton County High School Students Should System Lose Accreditation

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) shares the concern of students and parents regarding the Clayton County School System's impending loss of SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation. While the fate of the Clayton County School System will not be known until early September, the University System of Georgia recognizes the challenges this situation creates for students and parents as they attempt to determine what impact this may have on admission to college and what steps they should take to ensure that their college plans are not jeopardized.

The University System of Georgia is dedicated to providing access to college to the students of Georgia and offers its support to the students of the Clayton County School System during this difficult time.

Admission to any University System of Georgia college or university will not be negatively impacted should SACS determine that the accreditation of the Clayton County School System must be revoked.

Current University System of Georgia policy allows for the consideration
of students graduating from a high school regulated by a school system and state department of education. The Clayton County School System continues to meet this requirement. Students graduating from a Clayton County high school, meeting all other Board of Regents and institutional admission requirements (including the 16 units required of the College Preparatory Curriculum (for those graduating prior to 2012) or the 17 units required for the Required High School Curriculum (for those graduating 2012 or later)), will continue to be considered for admission
in the same manner as students from SACS accredited schools in the state.

The Undergraduate Admissions section of the Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy Manual may be viewed online at http://www.usg.edu/academics/handbook/section3/301-310/301-310.phtml#n3.

Additional admission information for each of the USG colleges and universities may be found on the GAcollege411 website at GAcollege411.org or by contacting the admission office at the college or
university of interest.
Amanda D. Seals
Executive Director for Government Relations Office of External Affairs Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia 270 Washington Street, S.W., Suite 7035 Atlanta, Georgia 30334-1450 Amanda.Seals@usg.edu
404.657.7075 phone
404.651.9301 fax

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