Friday is ‘Quick Admit Day’ at Dalton State
November 27, 2012
“QAD” at Dalton State College means Quick Admit Day but for the prospective students who choose to participate, it could mean a “quick and dirty” admission to college for spring semester. Dalton State will hold a Quick Admit Day on campus Friday, November 30.
According to Dr. Andy Meyer, Dalton State’s Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Quick Admit Day was created as a streamlined process in which prospective students can apply to college, apply for financial aid, and even complete testing all in one visit to the campus.
“We want to do everything we can to remove obstacles that keep adults from coming back to college, so we’ve created a ‘one-stop shop’ to expedite the enrollment process,” said Meyer.
“Now is a great time to enroll at Dalton State,” he continued. “Students can get a high quality college education without a lot of student debt, which makes a degree from Dalton State one of the best educational values in the country.”
“On our Quick Admit Day, we will have Dalton State representatives from Enrollment Services and Financial Aid available to help adult students complete their college applications and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms,” Meyer said “We have scheduled morning and afternoon Compass Test times for placement testing. We may even be able to advise students and register them for classes on the same day.”
“We know how hard it can be to start back after being out of school for awhile,” he added. “Some stop to work, or start a family, or serve our country,” he said. “Dalton State wants to make it easy to come back to college to finish a degree that may have been started years ago or to start for someone who has never taken the first college class.”
Those planning to come to Dalton State on Friday for Quick Admit Day should bring with them the following items: official high school transcript, official college transcript(s), application fee of $30, driver’s license issued after January 1, 2008 (those holding licenses issued before January 1, 2008 will need to provide certified birth certificate as well); and COMPASS scores, if available. Those who do not already have COMPASS scores can take the COMPASS test on Quick Admit Day. Official transcripts can either be mailed from their respective schools to the Office of Enrollment Services at Dalton State or hand delivered on Quick Admit Day in sealed envelopes from their respective schools.
Dalton State is one of 13 University System of Georgia colleges and universities participating in an Adult Learning Consortium to re-engage adult learners. The program, called GOAL (Georgia Opportunities for Adult Learners) is designed to make it easier for adult students to begin or complete academic programs by providing classes online in addition to on campus and to award credit for learning that may have occurred through job training or work experience.
“We are offering alternative ways to gain credit,” said Meyer. “In addition to earning credit by College Level Examination Program (CLEP), GOAL students can also earn course credit by examination and even by completing a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for learning acquired through training or on the job.”
Students interested in the PLA option would receive instruction on how to create a portfolio that would demonstrate proficiency in a particular subject area. Meyer explained that some technology fields such as computer networking can be well suited to the PLA option.
“The first step to completing a college degree is to enroll,” he said. “With our Quick Admit day, we want to make that process as easy as possible for any adult who is interested in starting or finishing a college program.”
Those wanting more information or wishing to register for a Quick Admit appointment can call 706-272-4436 or 800-829-4436 or visit www.daltonstate.edu/adultlearner/quickadmit/ .