Shorter College

Shorter College

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Conceived in the mind of educator Luther Rice Gwaltney, the Cherokee Baptist Female College opened for students in 1873. Because of the generous contributions of Alfred and Martha Shorter, in 1877 the college was renamed Shorter College. It has School of the Arts, School of Business Administration, School Of Education, School of Liberal Arts, School of Nursing, and School of Science & Mathematics. The School provides undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD programs.

The Mission of Shorter College is to provide quality higher education, enabling and encouraging student commitment to active life-long learning, personal spiritual values, responsible citizenship, and community and societal leadership in a global context. The College seeks to accomplish this Mission through quality undergraduate liberal arts programs, specialized professional programs, and select graduate programs. Geographically distant locations and online classes provide educational opportunities to inpiduals who are unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The College affirms a commitment to the Christian faith and strives to integrate Christian values within a nurturing community in its whole process of education.

During the 2006-2007 academic year, Shorter was ranked for the sixth consecutive year among the South’s best comprehensive colleges focusing on bachelor’s degrees. Shorter also was ranked for the third consecutive year as a “Best Southeastern College” and a “Best Value College” by the Princeton Review; Shorter was one of 300 colleges nationwide selected for the Colleges of Distinction guidebook. Also, in the fall of 2006, Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher, scholar in residence and a graduate of Shorter College, was named the 2006 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.