Welcome to ABAC at Bainbridge!
The consolidation of Bainbridge State College (BSC) with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) became official December 2017 when the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) approved the prospectus for the merger.
Coupled with the approval of the prospectus by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on Dec. 5, all current BSC students became ABAC students on Jan. 1, 2018.
The creation of the new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College site allows ABAC to better serve students, broaden and redesign academic programs and reinvest savings into academics to improve student success.
ABAC enrolled 3,394 students from 24 countries, 18 states, and 155 Georgia counties for the 2017 fall semester. ABAC had the highest full-time enrollment at 72.8 percent among the 10 state colleges. BSC enrolled 1,746 students for the 2017 fall term.
Dr. Michael Kirkland, a Bainbridge State alumnus and a faculty member at the institution, serves as Executive Director of the ABAC instructional site in Bainbridge as well as for sites in Donalsonville and Blakely.
By the time the 2018 fall semester begins on Aug. 15, ABAC plans to offer classes leading to the bachelors degrees in business and possibly in nursing at the Bainbridge instructional site. ABAC will also offer classes leading to the associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of nursing degrees in Bainbridge.
Under the existing plan, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) will assume responsibility in July for the technical programs now taught in Bainbridge. Students enrolled in those programs will be ABAC students in January, but then will become SRTC students when the changeover occurs
Students in Bainbridge, Donalsonville, and Blakely who are completing degree requirements during the spring term will have an opportunity to participate in the final Bainbridge State College commencement ceremony in May. All future graduates enrolled in ABAC classes will have the opportunity to participate in ABAC commencement ceremonies, which are held in May and December each year.