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Friday August 26, 2011

Georgia Professors Start ‘Freedom U’ for Undocumented Students Unable to Attend State Universities

Georgia Professors Start ‘Freedom U’ for Undocumented Students Unable to Attend State Universities

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As students across the country return to their various education institutions, a group of university professors in Georgia are offering undocumented students an education now denied them by state officials who have decided that undocumented immigrants are no longer allowed to attend any of the states top five state universities.

Last fall the university systems’ Board of Regents adopted a new policy stating that any state colleges and universities that admitted undocumented students and rejected academically qualified ‘legal resident’ applicants to in the last two years are no longer allowed to admit undocumented students.

In response to this new policy, five professors from the University of Georgia have started what they call Freedom University.

According to the Associated Press the professors are “offering to teach a rigorous seminar course once a week meant to mirror courses taught at the most competitive schools and aimed at students who have graduated from high school but can’t go to one of those top schools because of the new policy or because of cuts to state scholarship programs.”

However, the professors have said Freedom U is not a substitute for a formal education at a college or university and is designed to give some kind of an education for those that cannot attend one of the schools unable to admit them.

Among the schools that can no longer admit undocumented students are: the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia College & State University.