School of Computing and Software Engineering School of Computing and Software Engineering Southern Polytechnic State University

Dean's Update, June 2009


As you may have seen in the news, in late May President Rossbacher signed an agreement with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the University System of Georgia (USG) to expand articulation between the TCSG and SPSU. The agreement allows students who complete an associate's degree in certain selected areas of study at a SACS accredited technical college in Georgia to transfer to SPSU and complete a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree at SPSU in two years time.

The program within the School of Computing and Software Engineering that will benefit most from this agreement is the BAS in Information Technology. CSE already had a BAS articulation agreement in place with Chattahoochee Technical College and we recently graduated two students out of this program. This agreement has essentially been expanded to cover an additional 21 technical colleges throughout the state of Georgia.

Since the technical colleges have a regional mission, their leadership insisted that courses in the BAS program should be delivered online (or at least with very low residency requirements). The consequence of this is that IT will have to start delivering its upper division courses online and we have a plan in place to roll out the various courses for distance delivery over the next year or so.

The BAS articulation agreement is likely to lead to a significant increase in enrollments in CSE, and gives students who, for a variety of reasons, have started their academic career in a technical college the opportunity to obtain a 4 year bachelor's degree from SPSU with minimal additional hassle. The CSE part of the articulation agreement was spearheaded by Dr Becky Rutherfoord in the Department of IT, and I wanted to express my appreciation to her for her efforts on behalf of CSE.


As some of you will no doubt remember, one of our medium term goals is to start a doctorate of professional studies. CSE tried to get such a program approved a few years ago but was rebuffed by the Systems Office of the University System of Georgia. We are now hopeful that a new proposal may be received more favorably, although approval is by no means guaranteed. I have asked Dr Frank Tsui from the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering to take the lead in crafting a proposal. Frank has said that he welcomes comments from any of you who are interested in a DPS program. He can be reached as


I will be out of office for most of July and I will not be able to produce a Dean's Update for July. The next Dean's Update will therefore not hit your mailboxes until August.


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Han Reichgelt
Dean, School of Computing and Software Engineering