DECATUR, Ga.—Fifty-two students who enrolled in Georgia State University Perimeter College’s new Perimeter Academy “graduated” from the program in May.
The three-semester, extended-learning community, modeled after Georgia State’s Success Academy on the Atlanta Campus, offers students on the Decatur Campus an early start to their freshman year, with a variety of support and enrichment programs supplementing their course curriculum.
Perimeter Academy is part of Georgia State’s Learning, Income and Family Transformation (LIFT) program, created to improve student success outcomes. LIFT combines data-driven academic advisement with scholarships, leadership training and employment and community service opportunities to help students from every background stay on track for graduation.
As a new group of Perimeter Academy students starts June 4, here’s a by-the-numbers look at the inaugural class:
- Number of Perimeter Academy students in August, 2017: 53
- Number of Perimeter Academy students in May, 2018: 52
- Total credit hours taken (summer, fall, spring): 1,236
- Average credits taken per student per semester: 12
- Average cumulative GPA (after three semesters): 2.72
- Number of workshops provided for students: 28
Topics included academic success, leadership development, career preparation and life skills.
- Total community service hours contributed by students: 33
Locations: Hands On Atlanta (Columbia, Southwest DeKalb high schools), Samuel Jones Boys and Girls Club, New Birth Baptist Church, A Gift for Teaching (Orlando, Fla.)