“We are making the right decisions for students and the state”
The need to help more students afford and earn a degree is driving key and fundamental changes in the University System of Georgia, said Chancellor Hank Huckaby in remarks to the Georgia General Assembly’s Joint Appropriations Committee. Citing the need to restructure public higher education to work more effectively and efficiently, Hucakby told the legislators: “It is hypocritical to talk about the “new normal” for public higher education, yet continue to do everything the same old way while expecting different results.”
Becoming a teacher in Georgia is getting a lot more rigorous and college programs that prepare teachers are being held to a much tougher and higher level of accountability, according to Georgia officials in charge of teacher preparation programs and teacher certification. This is the theme of a statewide effort to provide more data-driven oversight to improve the quality of teacher preparation efforts. This effort complements those being made by the University System of Georgia to use data to track and strengthen the effectiveness of its teacher programs.
USG Tobacco Free: Committed to Providing a Healthy Environment on Campuses
The Board of Regents voted to create a policy, set to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2014, that will prohibit the use of all forms of tobacco products. The policy will be in effect on property owned, leased, rented or in the possession of the University System of Georgia (USG). It applies to all employees, students, contractors, subcontractors and visitors and is applicable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, all events hosted by a USG-entity or on behalf of the USG shall be tobacco and smoke free, according to the policy.
President Lisa A. Rossbacher who served as president of SPSU since 1998, will step down this summer to become president of Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.