“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.
The 2014-15 academic year will mark the third year in row tuition to attend the majority of the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities will rise just 2.5 percent.
In addition to approving the 2.5 percent tuition increase at 27 institutions, the Board of Regents approved targeted increases at the System’s four research universities. Georgia Institute of Technology’s tuition will increase 9 percent, the University of Georgia’s tuition will rise 7 percent and tuition at both Georgia Regents University and Georgia State University will increase 4 percent.
“Our goal is to reduce the System’s financial obligations for existing student housing and new housing development while ensuring students have affordable, safe, quality housing options. We plan to engage a private sector partner that can bring innovation and efficiencies to our housing operations while enabling our campuses to focus on their core mission of education.” – Chancellor Hank Huckaby.
The Board of Regents released a Request for Qualified Concessionaires (RFQC) to acquire existing and develop new housing on nine campuses in the University System of Georgia. Responses are due June 10, 2014 in order to be considered.
Georgia students enrolled in the state’s “Early College Program” will benefit from a $25,000 anonymous donation that will create a scholarship fund. Recipients can use funds to attend any of the University System of Georgia’s 31 colleges and universities.
The USG Foundation will administer the new scholarship effort. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has selected a cohort of students to receive these scholarships. The value of each scholarship will be based upon the number of students who will receive a scholarship. The donor has stipulated that a small portion of the money remain as seed funding for the newly established Early College Scholarship Fund.
“The Foundation’s goal as set forth in our strategic plan is raising funds for need-based scholarships. With this program and the generous support of Georgia’s business and philanthropic communities, our ongoing work to provide funding for scholarships at USG institutions is entering an exciting new era.” – Neil Pruitt Jr., USG Foundation Chair
University System of Georgia students who need financial assistance attending and staying in college will be eligible for help, thanks to a new $630,000 scholarship pool created and funded by the University System of Georgia Foundation.
Half of the total funds come from donations to the Foundation’s annual “Regents Celebration of Educational Excellence Awards” event and the balance from the USG Foundation’s investments.
Dr. Cecil Staton will become the vice chancellor for Extended Education for the University System of Georgia, announced Chancellor Hank Huckaby.
In his new role, Staton will be responsible for leadership of the strategic and long-term initiatives of Military Affairs, Extended and Continuing Education, Entrepreneurship Education and International Education for the University System.
Robert Anderson has been named as the Vice Chancellor for Educational Access and Success for the University System of Georgia, replacing Lynne Weisenbach, who recently retired.
In his new role, Anderson will work with all 31 USG institutions on initiatives designed to increase college access and support student success. He will have oversight of a wide range of key initiatives, including Complete College Georgia, teacher educator preparation programs, and the USG STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative.
Julie White Walker has been selected as the new State Librarian for the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS). She will take over the role from Dr. Lamar Veatch, who will be assuming other duties in the University System of Georgia.
Walker is currently the deputy state librarian, a position she has held since 2008. In her new role Walker will provide leadership for the GPLS staff as well as staff of the state’s 403 public libraries. In addition, she will have responsibility for the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), the network of regional libraries serving Georgians with visual or print disabilities.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced today that the Board of Regents has approved his recommendation to name Dr. Stas Preczewski, currently the interim president, the new permanent president of Georgia Gwinnett College.
John O. Schwenn, who has served as president of Dalton State College since March 2008, has announced that he will retire December 31, 2014.
Dr. Angela Bell has been named as the senior executive director for Research, Policy and Analysis for the University System of Georgia.
Bell currently is vice chancellor of Policy and Planning for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which develops and oversees a public policy agenda for the state’s 12 campus, four-year public higher education system.
Dr. Donald J. Green, vice president for Extended and International Operations, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. has been named as the next president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Green will assume his new post on Sept. 8, 2014.
New plan makes returning to college easier for 1.1 million Georgians
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson announced Georgia’s “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign. The campaign will encourage many of the more than one million Georgians who have completed some college to return and finish their degrees.
Georgia Southwestern State University President Kendall A. Blanchard has announced his plans to retire, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Blanchard was appointed as Georgia Southwestern’s interim president in January 2007. He served in that capacity until June 13, 2007, after the Board of Regents voted to make him the University’s tenth president.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia adopted a $1.99 billion 2016 fiscal year budget request, along with a separate $254.8 million request for needed facilities. The request, which now goes to the Governor’s Office, is a net increase of just $46.4 million, or 2.4 percent, over the FY2015 state appropriation to the regents. The request will support the board’s focus on attracting and retaining students with an emphasis on college completion. Additionally, these funds provide funding for increases in health insurance, retirement programs, retiree benefits, and maintenance and operations funding for new and existing facilities.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby today announced the appointment of Charlie Sutlive as the Vice Chancellor for Communications for the USG, effective Oct. 1. Currently Sutlive serves as the Vice President of U.S. Region Public Affairs and Communications and State and Local Government Relations for Coca-Cola North America. In this position, he leads strategy, engagement and communications with U.S. media, state and local government, employees and key stakeholders in local communities.
eCore®, which began in 2000, allows students to take the first two years of their curriculum online and offers the “core” courses in English, mathematics, science, history, and the social sciences.
The Board of Regents acted to strengthen online education efforts in the University System to help students better manage the cost of college, busy schedules, and work and family responsibilities. A resolution adopted by the regents will support efforts to expand eCore® online general education offerings and make these courses available to students at all comprehensive universities, state universities and state colleges within the University System. Creating quality and affordable access opportunities is a major focus of the University System and Complete College Georgia. Access to college through distance education is a major component of meeting the goal of creating 250,000 more college graduates by 2025.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced today a new Campus Safety and Security Committee that will review and develop recommendations on matters related to public safety at the System’s 31 public colleges and universities. The committee will conduct a comprehensive review of policies and procedures at University System institutions and deliver a report with recommendations to the Chancellor not later than the Board of Regents’ May 2015 meeting.