Georgia State's academics aren't as consistent as those of other research universities in the state. With a very large faculty of qualified professors, there are also a lot of visiting professors and non-faculty, which is often why the school is viewed as having average academics. However, professors that are fresh out of grad school are hardly ever seen teaching junior or senior-level courses. With a reputation as a "back-up school" or a "commuter school," Georgia State has tightened its standards for admission over the past three or four years and grown a lot in standing amongst other, more traditional schools. By gradually becoming the first or second choice for students rather than the next best thing, the value of students' degrees at Georgia State seems to be ever increasing.
The difficulty of the curriculum usually depends on the professor. Two students taking the same course from two different professors will have very different experiences. This happens more often in introductory classes. In terms of professor/student interaction, all professors are required to have office hours, so there is little excuse for students not to communicate with their teachers. The smaller, upper-level courses usually have a more intimate atmosphere, so it's not uncommon for students and teachers to have discussions outside of the classroom at bars and coffee shops off campus. Most of the teachers and department personnel relate well to students and are willing to help when approached. There are also many avenues for academic guidance, but it is truly up to each individual student to take advantage of them.