Gary McGaha

Member of Board of Directors

Complete College America

Gary McGaha

Member of Board of Directors

Complete College America

Dr. Gary McGaha worked in the University System of Georgia (USG) for more than 25 years before retiring as president of Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) in 2019. He became president of Atlanta Metropolitan College in 2007 after serving as interim president. During his tenure, Dr. McGaha increased the number of baccalaureate degree programs and increased enrollment by 30 percent. He also improved associate degree graduation rate to become the best in its sector within USG. During his time at AMSC, he also served as chair of the college’s Social Sciences Division. Prior to his work with USG, Dr. McGaha also served as academic dean for the Dunwoody and Alpharetta campuses of Georgia Perimeter College. Additionally, he served as executive assistant to the president at Kentucky State University and at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. McGaha holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in political science from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in social science from Mississippi Valley State University.


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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

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Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

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Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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