Message from the Academic Dean

Welcome to Georgia Military College and thank you for selecting us to be your learning partner. Our goal is to help you to be successful, both during the time you are here with us and after you leave.

We are a learner-centered institution and our goal is to help you learn how to learn and to become independent---in other words our goal is to help you to become a life-long independent learner. This is indeed a partnership and you are the critical element. We will provide you with experiences and opportunities to help you be successful, but you must be committed. In today’s world, the one constant that we can count on is change. The individuals who can learn and think on their own will be the most adaptable, the most innovative, the most forward leaning, the most valued, and the most successful people.

The faculty and staff at Georgia Military College are committed to help you. All of our faculty are trained in their discipline (mathematics, history, science, etc.) as well as in learner-centered instruction. They know their subject area and they know how to help you learn! Faculty also serve as advisors. I encourage you to get to know your advisor and utilize this person as one of your mentors as you proceed down the path toward a degree. Learn from your advisor. Learn to become more independent in selecting your classes. Go to your advisor with a plan and then listen to your advisor as he/she provides additional guidance.

Never before in our history have we had such easy access to vast amounts of information. Unfortunately not all of this information is accurate or precise. Georgia Military College is addressing this issue in two ways. One of the ways is to provide you with access to authoritative databases of information. This type of information is provided by experts in a field or discipline and it has been reviewed and approved by other experts in the field or discipline. Faculty members and our library staff will support you in your use of these information databases. A second approach to the problem of assessing the accuracy and precision of information is through critical thinking. Georgia Military College will provide you with critical thinking skills that will serve you well while in school and in your life after college.

To further support you in being successful, GMC has an Academic Support Services Division that provides free tutoring, supports the faculty advisors, does placement testing to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate level course, provides some counseling services, and it supports an early alert program to identify and support, as early as possible, students who need additional academic support.

By choosing Georgia Military College, you have taken the first step in becoming an educated and ethical member of society. Upon graduating you can leave here with the knowledge and comfort that you have been well prepared to continue with your college education toward a four-year degree (or higher) or to enter the workforce. Throughout your journey toward graduation, please remember that you are not alone in this endeavor. Your professors, advisors, tutors, staff members, and the administration want you to be successful in reaching your goals. While you are here and even after you graduate, you will be a part of the Georgia Military College family----a caring family, rich in tradition and history.

Mike Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President Academic Affairs and
Dean of Faculty, Georgia Military College