Jacobs named to national higher education advisory panel
10/18/2012 12:15:03 PM
(Oct. 18, 2012) — Dr. Bonita
Jacobs, president of North Georgia College & State University, has been
named to the Community College Advisory Panel (CCAP), a national group comprising
college presidents and chancellors and dedicated to promoting national
recognition of community colleges and access to higher education.
"I am honored and
delighted to become a member of the College Board’s Community College Advisory
Panel," Jacobs said. "A robust community college system supports the
needs of students and increases postsecondary educational opportunities.
I am eager to continue the dialog about the increasingly critical role
that access colleges play in the national higher education agenda."
Two of the panel's key initiatives, access to higher education and
student transfers, are topics in which Jacobs has much experience.
Jacobs has researched and written extensively on the
topic of student transfers as it relates to student success and higher
education administration. She is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant on
transfer student issues and previously served as executive director of the
National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, which strives to
increase access to and attainment of higher education by promoting successful
student transfers. The institute recently moved to the North Georgia campus
from its former location in Texas and is under the leadership of a new
director, Dr. Janet Marling.
Providing wider access to higher education to students throughout the
region is part of the mission for the new University of North Georgia, which
would be created from the consolidation of North Georgia and Gainesville State
College. The consolidation of the two institutions, expected to be implemented
in January 2013, is pending final approval by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Board of Regents of the
University System of Georgia.
Members of the panel, which meets
two times a year, are appointed to three-year terms.
CCAP was created through the
outreach and advocacy efforts of the College Board, a member-governed,
not-for-profit organization addressing issues facing educators. More than 6,000
institutions comprise the College Board membership, which includes K-12 schools
and two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. The group's mission is to
increase access to and success in higher education for all students, especially
those from underserved groups.
In addition to advocacy, the
College Board created and administers the SAT college entrance exam, Advanced
Placement tests, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), college
placement tests, and other similar programs.