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City weighs higher education needs
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The city of Hinesville is conducting a community-wide survey until Nov. 1 to determine post-secondary education needs in the area. City officials have encouraged local residents to fill out the questionnaire online at or pick up a copy at Liberty County municipalities’ city halls.
The research project is designed to identify and meet Liberty County residents’ educational needs. The effort was prompted when state legislators cut funding, which caused Armstrong Atlantic State University to rethink its decision to expand its Liberty County campus last year.
“We would like to have a ‘big picture’ vision of what role higher education could, or should, play in Liberty County,” said David Morgan, president of Southern Educational Services, a higher educational consulting firm hired by the city of Hinesville to conduct the assessment.
A similar study was conducted in 2004; however, Hinesville is seeking wider input from the community by offering electronic participation. Also, the results of the survey will be used next month in a series of community focus groups to help understand the ways post-secondary institutions can better serve local citizens, including soldiers and their families. The 2010 assessment will be used to produce a report on Hinesville-Liberty County post-secondary needs. The information in the report will aid lobbying efforts and communicate needs to the Board of Regents.
“We are doing everything possible to make sure our residents have access to a post-secondary education,” Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards said.
Questionnaires must be completed by Nov. 1. In Hinesville, the form is available on the second floor of the Hinesville Police Department, which is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information, call 876-3564 or e-mail
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