An agreement between the Georgia Independent College Association and the state's technical college system will offer students graduating from the state's community and technical colleges -- with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher -- guaranteed admission to 19 private colleges. The agreement also allows students to receive transfer credits for courses they pass with a C or higher. While some are critical of the deal, Stephen Katsinas, director of the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama, said it represents a "significant step forward for students in the Peach State."

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