Dalton State College

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Dalton State College
Established 1963[1]
Type Public, 4-Year College
Endowment U.S. $ 25.3 million[2]
President John O. Schwenn[3]
Vice-president Sandra Stone (Academic Affairs)[4]
Academic staff 160 (full-time), 72 (part-time)[2]
Students 5,047(2012)[5]
Location Dalton, Georgia, USA
Campus Small city, 146 acres
Dalton State East Campus
Dalton State College at Gilmer County Center
Colors Blue and silver         
Mascot Roadrunners
Affiliations University System of Georgia, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Website http://www.daltonstate.edu

Dalton State College, also referred to as DSC or Dalton State, is one of 31 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia. Dalton State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[6] (SACS). The college is located in Dalton, Georgia, USA.

History[edit]

The college was founded as Dalton Junior College in July 1963 and opened in September 1967 offering programs designed to provide the first two years of college work for students preparing to transfer to four-year degree granting institutions. The addition of a technical division in 1976 enabled the school to serve students wishing to develop work skills at the certificate or associate degree level. In 1987, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia removed the word "Junior" from the college's name and it became Dalton College.

The University System changed the name to Dalton State College in 1998 and upgraded it to a four-year status. Dalton State began offering its first bachelor's programs that year, all in business and technology.

In 2009, Dalton State opened an extended campus in Ellijay called the Dalton State Gilmer County Center and had over 200 students enrolled for the spring semester. Dalton State also opened its first on-campus residential housing, Dalton State at Wood Valley.

Today, Dalton State College offers baccalaureate degrees in accounting, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, early childhood education, English, history, management, management information systems, marketing systems, mathematics, operations management, social work and technology management. The college also offers 22 associate degree and several certificate programs.

Academics[edit]

Dalton State College offers, in addition to certificate and associate-degree programs

Dalton State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Business Administration programs received initial accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in January 2010.[8]

Campus[edit]

The Dalton State College main campus consists of 146 acres (0.59 km2) on I-75 in Whitfield County, Georgia, 30 miles south of Chattanooga and 80 miles north of Atlanta.

Demographics[edit]

The almost 5,000 traditional and non-traditional students are from a 10-county service area of Northwest Georgia in addition to 38 foreign countries. The average student age is 24; females make up 62 percent of the student population. On-campus housing has been offered since fall 2009.[9]

Athletics[edit]

The Dalton State Athletics began in 2012 and is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It consists of golf, cross country, tennis, competitive cheerleading, men's basketball and women's volleyball.

Student life[edit]

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization that strives to enhance the Dalton State College student experience through quality entertainment, creative programming and community involvement. Its stated goal is to strengthen the missions of both the Office of Student Life and Dalton State College by providing a variety of social, recreational, cultural and educational programs.

Through the expertise of an appointed student executive board, CAB works to ensure leadership development, networking with the college community, building campus traditions and school spirit.

Alpha Kappa Lambda became the first men's fraternity on campus when it received its charter on April 7, 2014. Alpha Omicron Pi is the first and only National Panhellenic Conference sorority on campus.

Student housing[edit]

The Office of Residential Life is responsible for overseeing campus housing services and providing residential life activities for housing residents. Residential Life also supports the academic mission of Dalton State College by offering opportunities that foster individual development and collective growth throughout the residential community. It promotes mutual respect, leadership and the shared values of a residential community of learners. Those who are currently enrolled Dalton State students taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester may apply to live in campus housing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 Facts & Figures: History of the College". Dalton State College Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "2007 Facts & Figures: Ten-Year Historical Trend: 1998/99 – 2007/08". Dalton State College Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  3. ^ "2007 Facts & Figures: Institutional Information". Dalton State College Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Office of Academic Affairs". Dalton State College. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dalton State celebrates record enrollment". Dalton State College Office of Public Relations. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ "College Campuses". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Dalton State-Academics-Majors and Programs". Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2007 Facts & Figures: Institutional and Program Accreditation". Dalton State College Office of Institutional Research & Planning. Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  9. ^ "News Release: Dalton State College began offering residential housing in 2009.". Dalton State College. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 

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Coordinates: 34°46′30″N 85°00′11″W / 34.775°N 85.003°W / 34.775; -85.003