Letter from Board Chair & GICA President for Annual Report

Thanks to donors like you, the 24 members of the Georgia Independent College Association (GICA) are able to provide a high-quality, affordable education to over 67,000 students. GICA members serve a diverse population that consists of 57% non-white students, 14% that are over the age of 25, and 42% that receive the federal Pell grant for the most financially needy students. Your financial contribution to GICA provides scholarship assistance to students seeking their first degree or coming back to further prepare themselves for the changing economy.

In 2016, GICA continued to nurture and build alliances among institutions and governmental agencies in order to drive down cost, increase efficiency and better serve students. Partnership highlights include:

  • GICA became the recipient of a multi-year grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to address sexual assault prevention. GICA is collaborating with the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia on this important initiative.
  • 13 GICA members created a collaborative program centered around federal compliance issues.
  • GICA also participated in GA-AWARDS, the state longitudinal data system designed to assist education policy researchers to better evaluate and create educational policies across Georgia.

GICA is grateful to our donors and Corporate Affiliate Partners for their support of the not-for-profit higher education sector. Last year more than $683,000 was awarded in student scholarships to GICA members. The continued financial support of student aid and scholarship programs is vitally important to students wanting to choose an institution that best fits their educational, social and spiritual needs. Without this support, students would have fewer choices and opportunities.
Thank you for your continued support of Georgia’s private, not-for-profit colleges.


Dr. Robert Myers
Toccoa Falls College, President

Dr. Susanna L. Baxter
President, GICA

FOUNDED: GICA was founded by college presidents and corporate executives in 1956.LEGAL STATUS: A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

MEMBERSHIP: Fully SACSCOC-accredited, two-and four-year degree-granting, nonprofit, private, liberal arts institutions in Georgia.

PURPOSE: Raise awareness of Georgia’s private, liberal arts colleges and universities. Influence public policy in support of higher education in Georgia. Secure funds and other gifts for the benefit of the member institutions and their students. Promote the member institutions as distinct alternatives in higher education.

MANAGEMENT: GICA is governed by a Board composed of member college presidents and representatives from business, industry and professional communities. A Member Services Council supports activities and fundraising.

DISTRIBUTION OF CONTRIBUTIONS: Designated contributions are distributed according to donors’ wishes. Fundraising members share equally in 60% of undesignated funds; the remaining 40% is distributed in proportion to the number of full-time undergraduate students at each institution.

ENDOWMENT: GICA benefits from several endowments. In 2016, the total value of these endowments was over $13 million.

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