A. General Information
z General Information
A0. Respondent Information:
A1. Address Information
Name of University:
Savannah State University
A2. Source of institutional control: Public; State Control (no religious affiliation)
A3. Classification Attributes: Coeducational; residential HBCU; 4-year and graduate university; single campus; small, historic coastal city (please see section A3, “Community Setting,” below, for further details re: community attributes.)
A4. Academic year calendar: Semester (summer, evening, & Saturday classes) [SSU converted from a quarter system beginning with the fall semester, 1998]
A5. Degrees offered by institution: Bachelor’s; Masters
A9. Academic Focus Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Business, Science & Technology
A10. Number of Faculty: One hundred forty-three (125) full-time instructors; 175 total, including part time and faculty on administrative assignment; Please see Part J, “Faculty Information,” below.
A11. Unique Facilities Available: Marine biology dock & research craft; natural Estuary; WHCJ 90.3 jazz-format radio station; State-of-art new gymnasium and residence hall facilities; authentic historic architecture; stately oaks with Spanish Moss.
12.0 Additional General Characteristics (FAQ's)
A12.1 Carnegie Classification: Master's College and University I (Offering Bachelor's & Master’s degrees)
A12.2 SREB* Classification: SREB 4-year V (Awarding at least 30 Masters degrees; Predominantly & Historically Black Institution; SREB = Southern Regional Education Board)
A12.3 NCAA Athletic Classification: Division I (Intercollegiate men’s & women’s sports in Football (m), Basketball (m & f), Baseball (m), Softball (f), Tennis (f), Track & Field (m & f), Volleyball (f)
A12.4 Founded: 1890
A12.5 Campus: 165 Acres; 42 Buildings
A12.6 Number of Academic Programs (Majors): 28 Academic Majors and ROTC (Please see part E, “Academic Offerings and Policies,” for a complete list of academic programs.)
A12.7 Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 (Phone: 404-679-4501)
Specialized Accreditations: Business Administration,
Bachelor & Master (AACSB)
A12.9 Federal Tax ID#: 586-00-2069
A2 . Key Administrative
A36 Savannah A Unique Southern City: Savannah, Georgia, is a unique jewel, loved by residents from early times. Founded (1733) on bluffs overlooking the Savannah River (separating Georgia from South Carolina) by General James Oglethorpe, the city was planned with twin duties: defend the Carolinas from invading Floridians and provide a home for indigents. While for a time Savannah served as one of the South’s major slave-trading markets, Visionary city fathers had originally prohibited slavery, lawyers, and hard liquor alike from the state’s first city. Savannah was built around a grid-like layout with public squares surrounded by private residences. By the twentieth century, those early squares became small parks, each with its own picturesque identity and flavor. The historic district landscape is blessed with aged live oaks dripping Spanish moss, sweet smelling magnolias, colorful azaleas and camellias.
Residents artfully dodged the Civil War destruction of General Sherman; a welcoming dose of Southern hospitality lured the Yank army to town for festivities. The hospitality tradition remains robust today with residents marking holidays with energetic ceremonies and festivities. St. Patrick’s Day here is among the grandest outside Ireland or New York while the 4th of July and Christmas each are welcomed energetically. With robust re-development and historical preservation, historic Savannah’s architecture dating from the early 19th century has grown trendy and is ringed in turn by Victorian (1870-90), turn of the century (1890-1910), and Arts & Crafts buildings (1920-30) that, together, make Savannah one of the nation’s great architectural museums. Most early colonial structures succumbed to fire in the 1810's.
During the 19th century, Savannah served as one of the South’s dominant ports for Rice, Tobacco, and Cotton. By the twentieth century, it developed a robust forest product industry and became one of the hottest centers of Jazz in America, with numerous clubs lining West Broad Street and surviving until the late 1950's. Today, Jazz remains energized by the Coastal Jazz Association sponsoring monthly concerts and an annual festival from its headquarters at Savannah State University. Nationally known artists including James Moody, Ben Riley, Trummy Young, Shihib Shahab, Irene Reid, Jabo Smith, and Kaiser Marshall are Savannah locals while regional notables Willie Draper, Teddy Adams, Bobby Dillworth, and Sam Gill–are all Savannah State alumni. Perhaps most famous of Savannah’s musical notables was Johnny Mercer, one of the nation’s most prolific lyricists; his friend Emma Kelly performed her 3000 songs nightly in Ben Tucker’s club to her last days.
Savannah has produced her share of literary figures, too. Conrad Aiken hailed from historic Savannah as did Flannery O’Connor. W.W. Law is an important and productive author from the local African-American community whose energies focus on Civil Rights issues.
Photogenic in the extreme, Savannah became the setting in 1996, for Clint Eastwood’s mystery film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” based upon John Berendt’s best-selling non fiction work with the same name, known locally as “The Book.” During the Summer, 1998, Savannah State University itself became the primary setting for the John Travolta feature file, “The General’s Daughter."
While the city has served as the nucleus of modern economic and cultural life, the surrounding area has had a rich history of contributions as well. Nearby resort sea-islands are easily accessible. St. Simons and Jekyll were once second homes to the nations’ millionaires. Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Skidaway provide much the same role today. Daufuskie, home of the famed Gullah culture, has long preserved a unique blend of early African and American ways of life, language, and music. Tybee Island is noted for its easy-going life style and sport fishing.