DESCRIPTION OF THE UNIVERSITY
MISSION OF THE UNIVERSITY
ACCREDITATION AND APPROVALS
Clayton State University ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Clayton State University’s core mission is to provide superior career-oriented studies that will prepare students to succeed in the world of work in the 21st Century.
In more than 30 years of service to south metropolitan Atlanta, Clayton State University has effectively responded to the needs of its community. In the fall of 1999 the University enrolled nearly 4,500 students in credit programs. Thousands more attended non-credit classes through the Continuing Education Center. In all cases, the University is dedicated to helping students develop into capable, productive citizens through its baccalaureate degree, associate degree, certificate, and continuing education programs.
The foundation for all degree programs is a strong general education curriculum designed to enable students to develop communication and critical thinking skills and to acquire the broad and varied perspectives essential for understanding today’s world. Central to the general education program and to major programs is an emphasis on the assessment of each student’s progress toward the desired learning outcomes.
The University offers baccalaureate degrees in the following areas:
These baccalaureate degree programs are designed to develop graduates who have the abilities and knowledge essential to successful career performance. The University provides career guidance services and strongly encourages students to acquire work experiences before graduation.
Clayton State University also offers its students a variety of associate degree and certificate programs. The University provides the first two years of work in more than 40 fields of study common to all state-supported colleges and universities in Georgia. These programs serve both those students who plan to continue work toward a baccalaureate degree at Clayton State University and those who plan to transfer to other institutions. The University also provides one- and two-year career and technical programs designed to prepare students for immediate employment.
Students admitted to the University are eligible to accelerate their studies through examination and by experience. Advanced high school students are encouraged to begin their first year of college work while completing high school through the Freshman Scholar Program.
In addition, the University offers a Learning Support Programfor students whose academic records indicate that they are not yet prepared to do college-level work and for students returning to an academic atmosphere who require a review of basic academic skills.
The Continuing Education Center offers a regular program of non-credit courses and seminars to provide personal and career enrichment and to meet special educational needs for individuals and groups within the community.
Clayton State University has a demonstrated commitment of service to its community and region—particularly the Southern Crescent of metropolitan Atlanta. Bringing educational opportunities to the citizens and businesses of the Southern Crescent to contribute to the region’s future development is central to the University’s mission and aspirations.
As Georgia’s only university that also houses a regional technical institute, Clayton State is a unique institution. This status enables the University to serve as a practical bridge between Georgia’s two systems of post-secondary education and between the liberal arts and specialized career/vocational education.
Clayton State University’s core mission is to provide superior career-oriented studies that will prepare students to succeed in the world of work in the 21st Century and to provide services and continuing education that will assist the Southern Crescent and the state in improving the quality of life for residents. In approaching this mission, the University incorporates five common elements in all of its programs and services:
As a senior institution of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State shares characteristics with all of its sister institutions and with the state universities in particular. The common portions of the mission are indicated in the italics portion of each bullet (italics below). Clayton State University's unique characteristics and its five common thematic elements are reflected below in the regular print portion of each bullet:
Clayton State University is a unit of the University System of Georgia; therefore, credits earned within College Transfer Programs at the University are accepted by all other units of the University System.
Clayton State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree and the baccalaureate degree.
The University also is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing.
The University’s teacher preparation program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The University has been approved for the following state and federal programs:
The Clayton State University Alumni Association was formed in 1991.
The Alumni Association provides opportunities for former students to be of service to and involved with the University in several ways. The alumni organization schedules various on- and off-campus events throughout the year involving all former Clayton State students, as well as current students and the community.
The 1999 Clayton State University Alumni Board of Directors are as follows:
Renee Blackmon ‘82
Deborah L. Chastain ’93
Vicki Corley ’89
Rebecca B. Dean ’87, ’94
Priscilla R. Foster ’94
Thomas A. George, Jr. ’90, ’91
Jacqueline J. Geter ’92, ’95
Douglas G. Gray ’95
Norman E. Grizzell ‘87
Peggy L. Hand ’87
Betty J. Haripar ’97
Mary Ann Headrick ’94
Audrey M. Horetz, ’88
Karen E. Huffaker
William C. Jones ’90
N. Anthony Kimbrell ’93
Beverly M. Lane ’97
Lanelle U. LaRue ’85
Patrick J. Maloney, Sr. ’73
M. David Marler ‘94
Michael J. McCullough ’86
Richard A. Neal ‘94
Diane S. Neville ’90
Terry L. Penn ’84, ’87
Reda K. Rowell ‘93, ’98
Regina L. Smith-Thomas ’88, ’97
David H. Sparer, ’97
For more information about the Alumni Association, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (770) 961-3580, or visit our web site at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/alumni/.
Nestled lakeside on the campus of Clayton State University is Spivey Hall, an elegant world-class 400-seat concert hall with incomparable acoustics. Presenting renowned musicians through superior classical and jazz music series as well as a series of student performances and community ensembles has earned Spivey Hall widespread recognition from artists, media, and audiences, both nationally and internationally.
Spivey Hall is also the primary performance space for the Clayton State University Music Department, which presents an extensive series of student and faculty recitals, musical theatre productions, and opera. As part of Clayton State University students' activity fees, students are entitled to two tickets to Spivey Hall concerts of their choice.
National Public Radio’s "Performance Today" broadcasts more Spivey Hall concert recordings than any other hall in America. Superb acoustics have also made Spivey Hall the choice location for full-scale recording projects by major artists in the classical music genre. Dedicated in May 1992 above the stage, Spivey Hall’s 79-rank Albert Schwietzer Memorial Organ with its tasteful, yet ornate casework is the focal point of this hall.
In addition, to Spivey Hall's extensive concert-series, the Spivey Hall Education Committee’s award-winning education programs serve metropolitan Atlanta area schools. This collaboration between a performance venue and sixteen public school systems has produced the Student Concert Series, Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, Master Classes, Robert Shaw Choral Workshop, and Teacher Staff Development Programs.