GC Journeys Newsletter


National Survey Shows GC Students More Engaged Than Peers

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"The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a national survey which is administered by almost every college and university in the United States,” said Dr. Jordan Cofer. “It’s designed to collect data from first-year and senior students to report the quality of the undergraduate experience to faculty, administrators, researchers and others.”

The survey compares Georgia College students with peers from across the country based on several factors. Georgia College first-year students showed no significant difference when compared to other universities. However, Georgia College seniors exceeded national peers in a variety of categories including “Collaborative Learning,” “Student-Faculty Interaction,” “Supportive Environment,” “Reflective & Integrated Learning” and “Discussions with Diverse Others.”

“This means while GC first-year students enter on par with our peer groups, they leave as seniors exceeding their peer groups in several different areas,” said Cofer. “This is an important indicator of the effectiveness of the engagement and experiences that students receive during their time at GC.”

The survey highlights GC student’s high participation rates in high-impact practices, which make up part of the GC Journeys Initiative. Overall participation in high-impact practices at GC exceeds all peer groups.

Read more about GC's NSSE Results and student experiences here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Georgia College

Mentored Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (MURACE) is providing a number of upcoming opportunities to support Undergraduate Research efforts at GC.

MURACE Symposium on October 30th

The MURACE Symposium seeks to open up dialogue about undergraduate research at GC, and provide resources for faculty leading these experiences. For more information, visit the MURACE Symposium website.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

MURACE: Within the GC Journey-

  • Visions for the Future of MURACE at GCSU & AURA Updates -Presented by Associate Provost Jordan Cofer & Dr. Dee Sams

  • Undergraduate Student Research (USR) Circle
Presented by Catherine Boyd, Circle Chair & Lillian Daniel, Vice Chair

  • Conference & Funding Opportunities
Presented by MURACE Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Doreen (Dee) Sams

  • Posters at The Georgia State Capitol
Presented by GURC Posters Co-Chair Robin Lewis

  • Detailed Updates on New Journal: How Can You Get Involved?
Presented by Dr. Kelly Massey, Editor and Chief

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. -- Panel Chair: Dr. Karen Berman

Presented by Dr. Brent Evans, Economics; Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge, Physics; and
Dr. Jeff Turner, Outdoor Education

1:35 – 2:00 p.m.

Presented by Katie Brashear - Mentored by Dr. Jeff Turner, Outdoor Education and William Achi - Mentored by Dr. Brent Evans, Economics


Pick Three (Sessions Rotate Every 20 Minutes) 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

How to Navigate the IRB with Successful Outcomes
Presented by Dr. Kevin Hunt (Breakout Room 1)

How to Navigate the Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Application Process
Presented by Dr. Brent Evans and Dr. Jeff Turner (Breakout Room 2)

Sharing Successes - Why share your students' successes with MURACE?
Presented by CUR Councilor, Physics Division, Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge (Breakout Room 3)

Why Should Faculty, Students, and Staff Join CUR?
Presented by CUR Councilor, Psychology Division, Tsu-Ming Chiang (Breakout Room 4)

What is a CUR Councilor and How are They Selected?
Presented by CUR Councilor, Health Science, Dr. Kelly Massey (Breakout Room 5)

Everything You Need to Know About GC’s Library Resources
Dr. Shaundra Walker (Breakout Room 6)

SESSIONS IV: WRAP-UP -- 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

If you need additional information before registering, please email urace@gcsu.edu or call Dr. Doreen (Dee) Sams at 478-445-0966 and leave a message.

GC Journeys Week in First Year Academic Seminar

This week, October 28th-November 3rd, is GC Journeys week in the First Year Academic Seminars. Advisors will be introducing students to transformative experiences in GC Journeys, and students will complete a GC Journeys assignment. Additionally, we will be offering GC Journeys Info sessions for students to talk more about transformative experiences.
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GC Journeys Transformative Experiences Project Mini-Grants

2020-2021 GC Journeys Transformative Experiences Mini Grant

Are you leading a transformative learning experience (whether virtual or online) and need a little money to complete it? Apply for the 2020-2021 GC Journeys Transformative Experiences Mini-Grant.


These small mini-grants, offered on a rolling basis, can be used to complete/fund transformative learning experiences (First Year Experience, Capstone, Undergraduate Research, Leadership, Community based Engaged Learning) that you are leading.


These are state funds, so there are limits on how it can be spent and must be expended by June 2021. A committee made up of faculty and staff will review the applications monthly and make the awards.

To apply:

Fill out the application here.

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Sign Up for GC Journeys Info Sessions

Wednesday, Nov. 18th 2020 at 3pm

This is an online event.

Got questions about GC Journeys? Want to know how you can get involved? Join us for a 30 minute overview about GC Journeys. If you have questions, you can always reach out to journeys@gcsu.edu

Sign up Here:

Faculty Research Scholars Virtual Panel Monday Nov 2nd 12:00-1:00

Have Your Students Submit To Posters at the Capitol

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Coming Soon- Student Opportunity Center

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GC Journeys is working with the Student Opportunity Center to create a centralized portal to track student engagement in GC Journeys. The goal is that the Student Opportunity Center can become a central hub for GC Journeys student activity.

GC Journeys Annual Report

The GC Journeys Annual Report is now available on the GC Journeys webpage. The annual report includes participation information, highlights and news stories, as well as assessments for GC Journeys. The Annual Report can be found here.