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Update Posted January 31, 2013

Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Vice Chancellor John Brown Discuss FY 2014 Recommendations

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Chancellor Huckaby spoke to the Joint Appropriations Committee and provided an update on the University System. For the past 18 months the Chancellor has focused on three tenets: performance, partnerships and the value of higher education. He reported that the guiding principle for all decisions has been how does the decision help students.

Huckaby mentioned some major areas of focus for the upcoming year and beyond, including: completing the four consolidations, economic development, teacher education and the cost of education.

He said that consolidation was done to improve the quality of education through saving money on the administrative side and reinvesting those funds in the classroom where the focus is on students.

The System will ramp up its economic development efforts in cooperation with the Technical College System and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. He stressed the need for continued support for the System’s four research universities, which are a major draw for businesses to Georgia.

Before turning over the presentation to Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs John Brown, Chancellor Huckaby spoke about the cost of higher education. He mentioned the oft-cited statistic of Georgia being a low-tuition state saying that being a low-tuition state matters less to a student who can’t afford college. He stressed that the cost of education is a concern taken very seriously by the System. He used the 2.5 percent tuition increase for FY2013 as illustration. The 2.5 percent tuition increase for 30 institutions was the lowest in a decade.

To see the University System’s FY 2014 budget recommendations, please click here: USG FY2014 Budget Recommendations.

Posted by Sonja Roberts
Published in: Legislation

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