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Abstract

This paper explores the organizational and administrative changes occurring at Columbus State University as a result of changes in the University System of Georgia occurring from a progression and degree completion emphasis. Developments in this paper focus on changes at the departmental level to promote and enhance student learning in the context of reduced financial support. These efforts include the use of mentoring, peer tutoring, and improved pedagogical techniques in the online and traditional in-class settings for both undergraduate and graduate education. The goal of this paper is to highlight best practices and lessons learned for other institutions facing similar challenges. The changing nature of higher education across the country is something that departments and institutions must adapt in order to remain relevant. The materials outlined in this article represent initial efforts of the Columbus State University Department of Political Science and Public Administration to address many of the changes being implemented in the University System of Georgia. These trends highlight best practices while using technology and learning experiences to maximize faculty productivity as they meet increasing challenges related to student success and a changing institutional mission.

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