At the conclusion of each semester, Clayton State University announces its Dean’s List, consisting of those students from the previous semester who had enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours and who maintained a grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Although the standards for making the Clayton State Dean’s List haven’t changed, it’s worth noting that the number of students making the Dean’s List has increased (to 749 for the fall 2009 list), as have the number of hometowns these students represent.
It’s not a matter of grade inflation. It’s a by-product of the growing student population of the University, and the growing diversity of that population… factors brought about in part by the opening of Laker Hall, the first on-campus housing, in August 2008. In addition to enrolling a record 6,587 students during the fall 2009 semester, Clayton State’s ability to house students on campus has also led to the University drawing students from farther a field in metro Atlanta, and even from overseas. As Director of International Programs John Parkerson has noted, Clayton State’s international programs and international presence has grown in the past few years, and now includes program exchanges with colleges in France, Hungary, India, Peru, and the Republic of Georgia. The fall 2009 Dean’s List also included students from England (Jessica Budd), Slov
akia (Ivana Krommelova) and Spain (Ayrton Azcue).
Closer to home, students from 33 Georgia counties “made” the 2009 fall Dean’s List, a Clayton State record in terms of the number of counties represented. (Not to mention students from the states of Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington.) Although Clayton State is best represented by Dean’s List students from Clayton (203), Henry (191) and Fayette (111) counties, Fulton County contributed 71 Dean’s List students, DeKalb 46, Coweta 28 and Rockdale 20. Representing counties from Baldwin (Appling and Atkinson counties missed out) to Walton (there are no Georgia counties that begin with the letters X, Y or Z), and from Floyd in the north to Clinch in the south, Clayton State Dean’s List students pretty much cover the entire state.