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Chancellor’s “State of the System” Address

In “State of the System” address, Chancellor evokes challenges the first board faced in 1932. Says System cannot continue to do “business as usual.”

In his State of the System address, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. evoked the challenges the first board faced in 1932 and said that to progress, the System cannot continue to do “business as usual.”

Davis called for a three-level response to the challenges posed by $323 million in budget cuts, record student enrollment and the end of $147 million in federal stimulus funding in 2012. First, unleash the collective brainpower of the University System, second, the Board of Regents will develop and set the key principles that will guide our institutions in their work and third, the board will encourage institutions to experiment with new ways of accomplishing their respective institutional missions.

Davis noted that, in the midst of the Great Depression, Gov. Richard Russell Jr. reinvented higher education in Georgia with the creation of University System. He said that that first board understood the need to invest in the future, despite the short-term economic crisis, and that the same philosophy holds true today.

The response to the economic situation, Davis said, must include an evaluation of the current academic model coupled with a back-to-basics approach. He acknowledged the challenge of paying more attention to basics while at the same time calling for expanded innovation.

Institutional presidents must be given greater freedom to innovate and to collaborate with one another, Davis said. One of the areas of renewed focus will be on institutional missions. He expressed his preference for seeing more institutions sharpening, honing and tightening their missions rather than seeking to expand them based upon institutional aspirations versus true state need. He also noted that some activities would cease in order to align missions with reduced resources.

Davis called upon the board to approve a set of principles that will be developed to guide the institutional presidents in work that must begin immediately, as it is the most important step. He noted the development of principles would be a focus of subsequent board meetings this year. These principles also will help direct innovation at the campus level, especially Davis said, among faculty.

The chancellor also gave a glimpse of some of the expected outcomes of this new approach to public higher education, which include best practices, some of which can be implemented System wide and some, which will be unique to an institution.

Board approves revisions to mandatory student fee policy

The board approved five major revisions to its mandatory student fee policy; changes that give clear direction of the purpose of such fees and how such fees are developed, approved and applied.

First, the regents inserted a statement on the philosophy behind student fees: “student fee revenues are to be used exclusively to support the institution’s mission to enrich the educational, institutional and cultural experience of students.”

The four additional revisions are:

  • Student-fee advisory committees should be comprised of at least four students to encourage broad participation in the fee process (the current policy required 50 percent student committee membership);
  • An institution’s five-year plan for each of its auxiliary-enterprise operations should provide for adequate reserves (associated with mandatory student fees) for the continued viability of the programs;
  • Board approval is required for any fee or charge that is mandatory for all full-time undergraduate students or all undergraduate students in a specific degree program. All other elective fees will continue to be approved by USG presidents; and
  • Specific course fees for supplementary materials shall be approved by USG presidents (this is a clarification of the definition of course fees).

Board changes Regents’ Test policy

The board approved a change to its current policy requirement that will allow an institution to petition the Board for an exemption to administering the Regents’ Test.

The policy change, which will only allow exemptions for institutions that satisfy the Board’s criteria, follows the October 2009 approval of a new core curriculum for the USG. The new core curriculum requires all USG institutions to develop learning outcomes and assessment measures in multiple subject areas, a requirement that could make the current Regents’ Test redundant.

Under the new core curriculum, to be fully implemented across the state by 2012, student learning assessments will be required in the following areas: communication, math, humanities, the fine arts, ethics, the natural sciences, technology, the social sciences, United States and global perspectives, and critical thinking.

In order to be granted a waiver to giving the Regents’ Test, institutions must demonstrate that they have in place a rigorous learning assessment program that uses methods superior to the Regents’ Test. Initially only a limited number of institutions will be allowed to stop using the Regents’ Test. Additional institutions will be added, as they implement the new core curriculum and demonstrate the effectiveness of their assessment measures.

Over the past five years, the Board of Regents has been evaluating the effectiveness of the Regents’ Test, which was first required in 1973. The decision is the culmination of that process.

University System Issues Statement Supporting Current Georgia Law on Firearms

During a hearing on HB615 at the state capitol held by the House Judiciary Committee (non-civil), chaired by Rep. Ed Setzler, University System of Georgia officials introduced into the record a statement by Board of Regents Chairman Robert F. Hatcher, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., and the 35 institutional presidents, supporting current Georgia law, which, with limited exceptions, prohibits the possession of firearms on college and university campuses. The proposed legislation in HB615 would allow individuals to carry firearms on college campuses, among other changes to current Georgia law relating to firearms possession.


Presidential Appointment

The board announces the permanent appointment of Dr. Thomas J. (Tim) Hynes Jr. as president of Clayton State University in Morrow, where he has served as interim president since June 1, 2009.


Principles to Guide Innovation

The seven “Principles to Guide Innovation” provide a framework in which faculty and staff at the USG’s 35 institutions can develop processes and programs designed to meet demand during a time of reduced resources.

The board approves seven “Principles to Guide Innovation.” The principles are part of the Chancellor and board’s strategy to encourage innovation at the campus level and state that USG institutions should:

  • Give priority to innovations that enhance and hone their present mission.
  • Consider innovations that increase student learning, research and faculty productivity.
  • Investigate innovations that strengthen existing student life, academic and academic support structures.
  • Consider innovations that reprogram existing infrastructure use, including maximizing the use of facilities throughout the entire calendar year, the entire academic week and the entire academic day while fully utilizing academic related technology. This would also include expanded internships and study abroad opportunities.
  • Give priority within the limits of their mission to academic programs that meet demonstrated state and/or regional need.
  • Utilize the collective power of the University System and other educational institutions and organizations in Georgia. This would include collaboration with other System institutions, collaboration with entities outside of the USG, the development of pilot programs that could be implemented throughout the System, and new initiatives built upon transferable “best practices” from within the System or beyond.
  • Be prepared to take measured risks in the process of innovation.

USG Foundation Gala Honors S. Truett Cathy

The University System of Georgia Foundation honors Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his strong support of higher education in Georgia through student scholarships both he and his corporation award annually. The Sixth Annual Regents Awards for Excellence in Education Celebration also recognizes outstanding USG faculty and alumni and the 2010 Customer Service Champion.

Medical College of Georgia President Named

The board announces the appointment of Dr. Ricardo Azziz, a physician/scientist/executive with more than 20 years of leadership in biomedical research, medical education and health care, as the eighth president of the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia’s health sciences university.

Nickel Named Gordon College Interim President

Shelley Clark Nickel, currently associate vice chancellor for Planning and Implementation for the Board of Regents, is appointed interim president of Gordon College in Barnesville effective July 1, 2010. The announcement comes as Gordon College president, Dr. Lawrence Weill prepares to step down after eight years as president.


Board Names Presidential Search Committee for Bainbridge College

Bainbridge College presidential search committees were named. Regent Doreen Stiles Poitevint will chair the Special Regents’ Search Committee. Regents Richard L. Tucker, Benjamin Tarbutton III, Larry R. Ellis and Board of Regents Chair Robert F. Hatcher will serve as members of the committee.


Regents Approve Fiscal Year 2011 University System Budget; Set Tuition

Board action on FY11 budget supports its philosophy of providing a balance between broad access to public higher education and academic quality.

The Board of Regents took action on the System’s FY11 operating budget, which includes setting tuition rates. The actions of the board support its philosophy of providing a balance between broad access to public higher education and academic quality in its 35 degree-granting institutions. The FY 2011 USG appropriation, as passed by the General Assembly as part of the overall State budget, is $1.95 billion, which is a cumulative decrease of $227 million, or 10.4 percent, from the original state budget in FY 2010 of $2.17 billion.

With respect to tuition, starting in fall 2010, most students will pay tuition increases ranging from a low of $50 per semester at two-year colleges to a high of $500 per semester at the four research universities. The board made clear by its actions its determination to maintain the Guaranteed Tuition Plan (also known as “fixed for four”) for those students still covered by this plan. To offset the increases for the most financially needy students, the regents have called upon the research universities to provide need-based aid for students on Pell Grants.

Regents Facilitate Transfer Of State Museum Of Agriculture

The board took action to facilitate the transfer of assets, including land and buildings, from the Georgia Agrirama Development Authority at the State Museum of Agriculture to the University System of Georgia. The museum will become a part of the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


Regents Elect New Leadership

The Board of Regents elects Regent Willis J. Potts Jr. to a one-year term (July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011) as the Board’s chairperson. The board elects Regent Felton Jenkins to a one-year term (July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011) as the board’s vice chair.

Regents Revise Governance Among Medical College Of Georgia, Teaching Hospitals, Physicians Group

The board approves a new governance structure for the Medical College of Georgia and its associated hospitals, clinics and physicians. The new structure, which took effect on July 1, 2010, is set forth in 16 documents approved by the regents and the related MCG organizations. It supersedes the previous governance structure adopted by the board in 1998.

Statement Regarding SB308

An official statement of the Board of Regents and Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. on Governor Sonny Perdue’s signing of SB 308, which addresses where guns may legally be carried by licensed carry holders in Georgia, is released. The statement reads, “The University System of Georgia will comply with the new law and notify our students, faculty and staff of how it will affect them.”

Statement Regarding Regents’ Motions On Student Residency

In response to an agenda item regarding residency verification, Regent Kenneth R. Bernard Jr. proposed two motions, which were approved by the board. The two motions were:

  1. In order to reaffirm the chancellor’s directives, I move that the Board of Regents’ policy be amended to deny any waiver to the difference between resident and non-resident tuition to any person not lawfully present in the United States.

  2. In order to reaffirm the Chancellor’s directives, I move that the Board of Regents direct the chancellor to require campus review of all applications for admission for the fall semester, 2010, within 60 days of today’s date, to determine whether undocumented persons are receiving, or about to receive, a state, local or federal benefit prohibited by federal or state law.


ICAPP Economic Impact Study Released

The University System of Georgia (USG) had a $12.7 billion economic impact on the state’s economy during fiscal year 2009.

Together, the 35 institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG) had a $12.7 billion economic impact on the state’s economy during fiscal year 2009. The Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business analyzed data collected between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009, to calculate the University System’s FY2009 economic impact. This work updates similar studies conducted on behalf of The Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP), an initiative of the Board of Regents’ Office of Economic Development. The previous report, based on FY2008 data, placed the USG’s economic impact at $12.1 billion. The first study in the series calculated the USG’s impact at $7.7 billion in FY1999. The latest $12.7 billion thus is a $5 billion increase since FY1999 – or a growth of 65 percent in the system’s economic impact on Georgia’s communities. In addition to the $ 12.7 billion in total impact generated by the University System in FY09, the study also found that Georgia’s public higher education system generated 112,336 full- and part-time jobs – 2.8 percent of all the jobs in the state in FY2009. Most of those jobs – 62 percent of them – are off-campus positions in the private or public sectors that exist because of the presence in the community of USG institutions. The remainder (38 percent) are jobs on campus.


Regents Approve $2.1 Billion Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request

Budget proposal also has reduction plans totaling $192 million.

A $2.1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget request is approved by the board. The request includes new dollars to meet year over year student enrollment growth of 18,914 students. The biggest driver of the regents’ request is a 7.8 percent increase from FY09 to FY10 in the credit hours students took. This increase generated $145 million of the FY12 budget request. Almost 45 percent of this increase occurred at the System’s 16 two-year and state colleges, with the 15 four-year universities accounting for 35 percent of the credit hour increase and the four research universities 20 percent.

Additional new dollars in the regents’ requested budget include, in addition to the $145 million for student growth:

  • $8.7 million to maintain and operate new facilities in the system;
  • $18 million for health benefits premium increases; and
  • $4.9 million for health insurance for new retirees.

The regents continue to place a strategic priority on the expansion of medical education, with a FY12 budget request of $1.7 million to accommodate the second class of students at the Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia partnership campus in Athens and to create a clinical campus in Rome. The inaugural class of 40 students at the MCG Athens campus started classes in August 2010.

The regents also approved a FY12 capital budget request of $432.3 million, which includes $1 million in equipment for one new facility, $190 million in new construction, renovation or infrastructure needs for 16 projects, $9 million in design funds for 4 projects, $215.1 million for major repair and renovation funds at all 35 campuses as well as construction to two additional projects, and $17.2 million for Georgia Public Library Service projects.

Following instructions from the Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) to all state agencies, the Board also approved reduction plans of 4, 6 and 8 percent ($77, $115 and $154 million respectively) for the current fiscal year (FY11). Any reduction plans adopted this fiscal year carry forward into FY12. The board also approved, as instructed, a 10 percent reduction plan for FY12, which, if enacted, would bring the USG’s reductions over the combined FY11 and FY12 budgets to a total of $192 million.

It was noted that if the System were to receive the full $2.1 billion requested and then had to implement the full 10 percent reduction in FY12, it would result in a total state appropriation below that of FY07. In FY07 the USG enrolled 259,945 students, while in FY12 enrollment was projected to be 321,000 students – 61,000 more than in FY07.

Campuses Complete New Student Residency Verification

Following directives from the Board of Regents and Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., as of August 1, 2010, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions have reported that out of a projected 50,000 new (incoming) students for fall 2010, 242, or .48 percent (just under one-half of one percent), were undocumented students.

The report to the board noted that all 242 students were being charged out-of-state tuition, which is set to recover the full cost of instruction. It was submitted to the regents as part of an update by the board’s Residency Verification Committee which reviewed the USG’s residency verification processes.

In addition to the check of new students, USG institutions were instructed to check the residency of returning students. At the time of the report, 26 institutions had completed the check – the remaining institutions were expected to complete residency verification once the final payment date for the fall semester had passed. Preliminary numbers of returning students show 230 undocumented students enrolled for fall semester, with all being charged out-of-state tuition.

The process institutions followed to conduct the review was three-fold:

  • Determine the documentation status of non-citizen students and verify proper residency coding.
  • Verify that students classified as “Georgia Residents” for the purpose of tuition rate assignment were properly classified, entitled to receive and being charged the correct tuition rate.
  • Verify that students receiving “out-of-state” tuition differential waivers were doing so in accordance with current policy.

The Residency Verification Committee’s final report is expected at the regents’ October meeting.

Board Approves New Georgia Tech/Georgia State Collaboration Designed to Support Certified STEM Teachers

The new collaboration, approved by the board and set to begin fall 2010, between the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University (GSU) streamlines the process for increasing the number of highly-quality certified math and science teachers. The Georgia Tech-GSU Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts in Teaching (BS/MAT) Option is unique because it allows students to apply credits to degrees earned at both institutions while also completing a state-approved teacher certification program. The initiative supports preparation of certified teachers for STEM programs in grades four through eight and six through twelve.


Georgia Health Sciences University Name Approved By Regents

“The new name more accurately reflects and encompasses the broad and growing health sciences teaching and research mission we have, not just in Augusta, but statewide,” said USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.

What’s in a name? When it comes to telling the full story of the missions of its 35 colleges and universities, plenty, according to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). The board approved today a request from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) to change its name to Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU).

“The new name more accurately reflects and encompasses the broad and growing health sciences teaching and research mission we have, not just in Augusta, but statewide,” said USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.

Board Chair Willis Potts said, “Georgia Health Sciences University truly indicates the institution’s status as a comprehensive health sciences university that benefits the citizens of this state and nation as a whole and the board’s approval is a testament to our commitment to its mission.” The name change will take effect February 1, 2011.

The regents’ action, while changing the name of the broader institution, will allow MCG President Ricardo Azziz to retain the historic name Medical College of Georgia for the university’s School of Medicine. MCG’s other four schools will change their designations to colleges.

“Georgia Health Sciences University better defines our institution as what it is – a comprehensive health sciences university and a modern academic health center,” said Azziz. “In this competitive world of rankings and reputation, we believe the new change will allow us to achieve the national prominence and recognition that this university community so richly deserves.”

The name change will not affect the MCG Health System or MCG Health. Both entities will retain their names, a reflection of their strong connection to the university’s medical school.

The board’s action today follows three independent studies conducted since 2007, all of which supported the renaming. Earlier this year, the possibility of a name change resurfaced during a MCG Health System retreat. Azziz and other MCG officials have engaged the university’s many constituent groups, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, corporate and community leaders, in the dialogue leading up to today’s board approval.

Founded in 1828 as the Medical Academy of Georgia, the university has been renamed five times in its 182-year history. It was first named Medical College of Georgia in 1833 and has been called MCG continuously since 1950.

A website featuring frequently asked questions is available at: http://name.mcg.edu

Presidential Resignation

The president of North Georgia College & State University, Dr. David L. Potter, announced his plans to resign effective December 31, 2010. Potter served the University System in that capacity since 2005.


Erroll B. Davis Jr. Announces Plans to Retire as University System Head

He Honors Commitment to Board to Serve Five Years as Chancellor Through June 30, 2011

University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. announced to the Board of Regents his plans to retire at the end of his current contract year, June 30, 2011. Davis has served as chancellor of the System’s 35 colleges and universities since Feb. 2006.

In his announcement, Davis noted that he had made a number of commitments when the Board of Regents appointed him in Dec. 2005 as the System’s eleventh chancellor. He promised the board a five-year commitment to the job, which will be fulfilled in Feb. 2011 and he promised Gov. Sonny Perdue that he would continue as chancellor until the conclusion of Perdue’s term in Jan. 2011.

“The advent of a new governor does mean that the University System chancellor needs to establish a long-term working relationship in order to be effective. It is therefore appropriate that I step down at the end of my contract year and allow my successor to establish this necessary relationship,” Davis said. “The opportunity to lead this great system of public higher education has been a tremendous experience with both challenges and rewards. The System has certainly made great progress in its stated goal of educating more Georgians to higher levels than in the past.”

Board Chair Willis Potts, in response to Davis’ announcement, said, “Chancellor Davis has been and is an impressive individual who has brought to the University System an extremely high level of experience and ethical leadership. The regents, the presidents, the state and, above all, our students, have benefited from his outstanding stewardship.”

During Davis’ tenure the System has seen a jump in enrollment from 259,945 students in fall 2006 to a preliminary 310,361 students in fall 2010, an increase of 50,416 students, or 19.4 percent. The USG’s annual economic impact on Georgia has grown from $10.4 billion in FY06 to $12.7 billion in FY09 and the amount of dollars generated from research, grants and contracts has increased $75.5 million, from $831 million in FY06 to $906.5 million in FY08.

The University System has also undergone significant budget challenges during this period of enrollment growth, as the economic recession took a toll on state revenues. When Davis began, the USG had a total FY06 budget of $5 billion, including state appropriations of $1.8 billion. The FY11 budget totals $6.7 billion with $1.92 billion in state appropriations, which includes reductions in state funding in FY09, FY10 and FY11 of $630 million.

Despite the budget challenges, under Davis’ leadership, the System made a number of major changes in both its academic and operational structures that have followed the blueprint of the board-approved Strategic Plan adopted in 2007.

The System’s core curriculum was completely revised in 2009, which includes the gradual elimination of the Regents’ Test. In 2008 the board supported a major expansion of physician education through Georgia’s Health Sciences University in Athens, Savannah and Albany. A focus on increasing the numbers of other health professions graduates also has intensified under Davis’ watch.

Students have seen improvements in the area of student advising and planning, with the rollout this year of two-year course calendars.

Efforts to increase the numbers of students enrolling in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) were ramped up and the USG was cited for its achievements in increasing the numbers of K-12, particularly minority, teachers it produces.

Operationally, Davis has stressed the need to establish a risk management process throughout the USG and in 2008 the board approved a system-wide ethics policy for all USG employees. In addition, Davis established a system-level human resources function that has addressed rising health benefit costs and established an Executive Leadership Institute to identify and train emerging leaders within the System.

Issues such as philanthropic giving, campus safety and emergency planning and response and energy conservation have all been addressed through special presidential task forces created under Davis’ leadership.

The regents also approved a complete overhaul of the process by which key facilities needs are identified and prioritized for annual budget requests, which went into effect in FY08 and has attracted $1.067 billion in funding for facilities over the past four fiscal years. The board also approved a Shared Services Initiative that to date has consolidated payroll and financial systems.

Prior to being named chancellor, Davis served as chairman of the board of Alliant Energy Corporation from 2000-2005, after joining the company in 1998 as president and chief executive officer. Prior to the creation of Alliant Energy, Davis served as president and CEO of WPL Holdings, from 1990 to 1998. From 1978-1990, Davis rose through the senior management ranks at Wisconsin Power and Light Company, starting as vice president of finance and ending as CEO and president. His career also includes corporate finance positions at Xerox Corporation and Ford Motor Company.

Plans to select the next USG chancellor will be announced at a future date.

The regents have established a special website for the search for the next Chancellor of the University System of Georgia: http://www.usg.edu/chancellor_search/

Regents Adopt New Policies on Undocumented Students

A final report presented to the Board of Regents found that only 501 undocumented students – all paying out-of-state tuition – are among the 310,000 students enrolled in University System of Georgia (USG) institutions this fall. While the numbers are small, beginning in fall 2011, all applicants will undergo new steps designed to strengthen the ability of USG institutions to properly classify students for tuition purposes.

These steps are outlined in four recommendations by the Residency Verification Committee approved today by the Board of Regents. They will go into effect for the fall 2011 semester. These include:

  • The addition of language on all applications that outlines the legal penalties for “false swearing,” or knowingly providing incorrect information on the forms. USG officials indicate this will better educate individuals about the process of applying to college.

  • The addition of language on all applications that, for the first time, will require applicants to state whether they are seeking in-state tuition. This will help institutions in making a decision on whether or not additional residency verification is necessary.

  • A policy requirement that USG institutions verify the lawful presence in the United States of any applicant that is admitted. Students who note they are seeking in-state tuition will, if not applying for federal financial aid (which has its own stringent verification processes), be subject to additional verification by the institution.

  • A policy that any person not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible for admission to any USG institution which, for the two most recent academic years, did not admit all academically qualified applicants.

“We are an educational agency in the business of preparing individuals for careers requiring knowledge and skills; we are not in the immigration business, nor are we equipped to serve as the immigration authorities,” said Regent James Jolly, who chaired the Residency Verification Committee. “However, these new policies do strengthen our ability to ensure proper tuition classification for all students – a process and a commitment the System has undertaken and met since being formed in 1931.”

Jolly noted that the committee, formed by former Board Chair Robert Hatcher in June, sought to address three concerns: that the University System was being swamped by thousands of undocumented students, that Georgia taxpayers were subsidizing the education of these students through in-state tuition, and that undocumented students were taking seats in college from academically qualified Georgians.

“The review of all students over the summer by our institutions answers the first two concerns,” Jolly said in his report of the committee’s work to the regents. He said that the review found only 501 undocumented students enrolled in the system, with all paying out-of-state tuition, which is set at the full cost of instruction. “Every student paying out-of-state tuition actually covers more than the cost of instruction,” Jolly said.

“The fact that we have so few undocumented students and that at present, all are properly classified for tuition purposes, shows that our admissions departments are doing their job, and doing it quite well,” Jolly said. He said the review shows the USG’s admissions processes are quite strong, even prior to the implementation of the new recommendations approved by the board.

The third concern, that undocumented students deny seats to qualified Georgians, is addressed by the policy denying admission to undocumented students at institutions that have to turn away academically qualified, legal residents. “Only five institutions fall into this category, with 27 undocumented students enrolled this fall,” said Jolly. The five are Georgia College & State University, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia.

The committee’s work follows that of an audit on residency and tuition conducted by the Georgia State Audit Department two years ago. That audit found that the vast majority of students – both domestic and foreign – were properly classified for tuition purposes. However, USG institutions adopted more stringent guidelines for admissions procedures following that audit, and these new recommendations add yet another layer of verification.

The issue of undocumented students attending USG institutions jumped into the headlines this summer as part of the ongoing national and state discussion on illegal immigrants, sparked in Georgia by the case of an undocumented student at Kennesaw State University. Consequently the regents and Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. ordered an internal review process of USG admissions of both current and new students.

The Residency Verification Committee was formed and charged to oversee the review of student tuition classification and to develop and propose any needed recommendations to the full board. In addition to Jolly, other members of the committee were regents Larry R. Ellis, Felton Jenkins, William “Dink” NeSmith Jr., and Larry Walker; four USG presidents, including Dr. Mark Becker (Georgia State University), Dr. Virginia Carson (South Georgia College), Dr. Martha Nesbitt (Gainesville State College), and Dr. Lisa Rossbacher (Southern Polytechnic State University) and University System Office staff members John Fuchko, chief audit officer, Burns Newsome, vice chancellor, Legal Affairs and secretary to the board, Amanda Seals, executive director for Government Affairs and Mendi Spencer, chief of staff for Academic Affairs.

The University System follows current federal and state laws, which allows for undocumented individuals to be enrolled, if academically qualified. Such students cannot receive any federal or state benefits. In-state tuition, which is subsidized by the state, is such a benefit, and thus undocumented students must pay out-of-state tuition, which is set at least at the full cost of instruction.


Statement by Chancellor Davis regarding the announcement by the Medical College of Georgia regarding the MCG Foundation.

“It is with pleasure that I recognize the restructured philanthropic partnership between the Medical College of Georgia and its two foundations. The foundations working in partnership will bring a wealth of collective resources to bear in advancing MCG’s mission of better health that will benefit us all.”

USG Chancellor Search Committee Named

Willis Potts, chair of the Board of Regents, announced the appointment of the Chancellor Search Committee, which will be seeking the 12th chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG), to succeed Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. upon his planned June 30, 2011, retirement.

The Chancellor Search Committee will develop a position description through discussions with important higher education constituencies across Georgia and will work with the executive search firm of R. William Funk & Associates of Dallas, Texas, to conduct a national search.

Joining Potts as members of the Chancellor Search Committee are:

  • Regent Kessel Stelling Jr., who will serve as the search committee chair;

  • Regent Kenneth R. Bernard Jr.;

  • Regent Robert F. Hatcher;

  • Regent Wanda Yancey Rodwell;

  • Regent Benjamin J. Tarbutton III;

  • Regent Richard L. Tucker;

  • Regent Emeritus Elridge W. McMillan;

  • Dr. Michael F. Adams, president, the University of Georgia;

  • Glenda Battle, chair, Board of Directors of the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition;

  • Dr. Linda Bleicken, president, Armstrong Atlantic State University;

  • Mike Cassidy, president and CEO, Georgia Research Alliance;

  • Dr. Kelly Henson, executive secretary, Georgia Professional Standards Commission;

  • Dr. Susan Herbst, USG executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer (ex officio member);

  • Dr. Hugh Hudson, professor of history at Georgia State University and executive secretary of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP);

  • John Lester, assistant vice president for University Relations at Columbus State University;

  • Dr. Gary McGaha, president, Atlanta Metropolitan College;

  • Dr. Lin Mei, director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Medical College of Georgia;

  • Alton Standifer, member, Georgia Southern University Student Advisory Council;

  • Dr. Craig Turner, professor of mathematics at Georgia College & State University and member of the USG Faculty Council and;

  • Philip Wilheit, Sr., president of Wilheit Packaging, LLC.

Executive search firm R. William Funk & Associates of Dallas, Texas will aid the committee’s work.

The Chancellor Search Committee will forward the credentials of up to five unranked candidates to the full Board of Regents, which decide whom to interview, and ultimately select the next chancellor.

Details regarding the committee’s first meeting will be finalized and announced at a future date.

The regents have established a special website for the search: http://www.usg.edu/chancellor_search/

University System Enrolls a Record 311,442 Students

The University System of Georgia’s (USG) fall 2010 enrollment has climbed to 311,442 students, yet another record high. That’s an increase of 9,550 students, or 3.2 percent, over the fall 2009 enrollment, which at the time was the record.

USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. announced the figures as the System released its 2010 Fall Enrollment Report. The report provides data on enrollment by institution, by gender, by race and ethnicity, and breaks down students by class (freshmen, sophomore, etc.) and in-state/out-of-state.

“Individuals continue to seek out the opportunity that higher education uniquely offers,” said Davis. “We must bear this in mind as we continue to be challenged by budgets and shrinking state resources.”

Since fall 2006, enrollment in the System’s 35 degree-granting colleges and universities has risen every year, adding 51,497 students, a 19.8 percent increase over the past five years. “This is the equivalent of adding all of our eight two year colleges and one state college (Middle Georgia College) to our system in terms of the raw numbers,” Davis said.

While this year’s increase of 3.2 percent is smaller than the 6.7 percent jump (18,914 students) from fall 2008 to fall 2009, it tracks the annual percentage increases seen over recent years: 2.5 percent from fall 2005 to fall 2006, 3.9 percent from fall 2006 to fall 2007; and 4.8 percent from fall 2007 to fall 2008. The average percentage increase over the 2006-2010 period is almost 4 percent.

Six USG institutions saw double-digit growth this fall:

  • Leading the pack – as it did last fall – is Georgia Gwinnett College, with an increase of 82.6 percent, or 2,433 students, to 5,380 students enrolled this fall.

  • Atlanta Metropolitan College, 13 percent, to 3,037 students.

  • College of Coastal Georgia, 11.6 percent, to 3,438 students.

  • East Georgia College, 11.2 percent, to 3,063 students.

  • South Georgia College, 10.7 percent, to 2,214 students.

  • Gordon College, 10.2 percent, to 5,009 students.

By sector, the four research universities (Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Medical College of Georgia and the University of Georgia) saw an average increase of 1.4 percent.

The two regional universities (Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University) grew an average of 3.5 percent and the 13 state universities were slightly below this, at 2.5 percent growth.

The eight state colleges saw an average enrollment increase of 7.9 percent – which was the largest percentage jump by sector. The eight two-year colleges posted a 3.5 percent increase.

This year’s enrollment report shows that by sector the four research universities comprise 28.4 percent of fall enrollment; the regionals have 10.1 percent and the state universities have 30.7 percent..

The access colleges have 27.7 percent of enrollment – 12.4 percent at state colleges and 15.3 percent at the two-year colleges. Yet 29 percent of total access enrollment – 25,113 students – is concentrated in just one institution: Georgia Perimeter College.

“We must continue our efforts – as set forth in the Board’s Strategic Plan – to shift more of our enrollment to our access institutions,” noted Davis. “These institutions are where we have the capacity at a lower cost of instruction than at our research universities to continue to meet growing enrollment during a time of declining state resources.”

Minority students continued to enroll at a higher percentage rate than the overall student population in fall 2010.

The biggest percentage growth came in Hispanic enrollment, which jumped 14.5 percent, or 1,847 students, from fall 2009 to fall 2010. Total Hispanic enrollment is now at 12,734, or 4.7 percent of total enrollment. In 2009, Hispanic enrollment was 4.2 percent of all students.

Enrollment growth by Asian students increased 6.5 percent, or 979 students, from fall 2009 to fall 2010. Asian enrollment for fall 2010 stands at 20,235 students, or 6.4 percent of total enrollment.

The System’s African-American enrollment increased from fall 2009 to fall 2010 by 5.1 percent, or 4,130 students. Total System African-American enrollment now stands at 84,106, or 27 percent of all students.

Looking at gender, females make up 57.5 percent of total enrollment. This percentage is down from last year, by exactly point one-tenth of a percent. This fall there are 179,031 females and 132,409 males enrolled in the USG.

First-time freshmen students total 49,368 in fall 2010, an increase of just 211 students, or .4 percent.

Georgia residents comprise 89.9 percent, or 280,021 students, of the USG’s total enrollment.

The system’s full-time equivalent enrollment (FTE) for fall 2010 is 276,111, an increase of 3.6 percent over fall 2009, adding 9,536 students. The increase in FTE enrollment means that more students are taking additional hours of courses, compared to students in fall 2009.

The USG Fall 2010 Enrollment Report is available on the web at: http://www.usg.edu/research/students/enroll/fy2011/

Carvajal Named President of Bainbridge College

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) named Richard A. Carvajal, vice president for student success services at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, WA., president of Bainbridge College in Bainbridge.

“Dr. Carvajal’s career demonstrates his dedication to student success,” said USG chief operating officer Robert Watts. “We are looking forward to the contribution he will make to Bainbridge College and the University System of Georgia.”

Regent Doreen Stiles Poitevint, chair of the Special Regents’ Committee for the presidential search at Bainbridge College, added that Carvajal’s “history of leadership in higher education is impressive. The committee is extremely confident in his ability and readiness to lead Bainbridge College.”

Carvajal will assume his post on January 1, 2011, according to Watts. He will replace Bainbridge College President Thomas A. Wilkerson, who is retiring at the end of the year, after having served the University System in this capacity since 2005.

Prior to his appointment at Cascadia Community College, Carvajal served as dean of student services at Independence Community College, a college of more than 1,100 students in Independence, KS., from 2003 to 2006. Before that, he was the associate dean of student services at Coker College in Hartsville, SC., from 1997 to 2003. He also served as an executive officer of the Washington State Student Services Commission.

Carvajal holds a Ph.D. in educational administration with emphasis in higher education conferred in 2005 by The University of South Carolina in Columbia, a master of science degree in College Student Personnel Administration earned in 1995 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a bachelor of science in Mass Communication/Sociology earned in 1993 and conferred by East Central University in Ada, OK.


Statement On Susan Herbst

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees voted to appoint Susan Herbst, currently executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia (USG), as the institution’s 15th president. Herbst joined the USG in her current position in Nov. 2007 and has led major efforts to create and implement a new core curriculum for the USG, as well as streamline the academic program approval process, create a new mechanism for the four research universities to collaborate on joint research efforts, and assist the regents in a review of the 35 institutions’ retention and graduation programs. Herbst begins her new position in July 2011.

“During her three years in the University System, we have benefited from Dr. Herbst’s strong institutional background and national academic credentials,” said USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. “Her commitment and energy have strengthened our academic quality and the interface between institutions and the System office. I am pleased that Dr Herbst’s abilities are being recognized with today’s appointment and now she will shine in her new role.”

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