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Presidential search begins for Fort Valley State
By Laura Diamond
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The University System of Georgia has formed a 12-person search committee to help find the next president for Fort Valley State University.

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UGA ROTC cadet only woman in mountain warfare class
With women now declared fit for combat duty in U.S. armed services, one University of Georgia ROTC cadet appears ready. Cadet Kayla LaChance was the only woman in a class of 66 soldiers in the U.S. Army’s Mountain Warfare Course last month near Jericho, Vt.
Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Announces 2013 Finalists
Contestants’ innovations address variety of areas in fifth year of competition that will be broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
By Patch Staff
Georgia Tech’s fifth annual InVenture Prize competition announced the six finalists for this year’s broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting March 13 at 7 p.m. The InVenture Prize is an invention competition designed to encourage and support Georgia Tech students’ interest in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Job Gains From Health to Film Show Resilience to U.S. Budget Axe
By Rich Miller and Alex Kowalski
American industries from film-making and construction to accounting and health care powered broad- based job gains in February, a show of confidence among employers in the face of federal budget cuts and tax increases. Private payrolls grew by 246,000 last month, the most since November, bringing the average gain over the past six months to more than 200,000, Labor Department data showed yesterday… Taken together, the broad-based labor market gains in the U.S. have enhanced job-finding prospects of college seniors, who are now searching for post-graduation employment. Most of those on track to graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have job offers two months before May, when they leave, said Jasmine Lawrence, a computer science major who hired by Microsoft Corp., where she had an internship last summer.

Georgia Gwinnett College digs into new Allied Health and Science Building
Holly Pennebaker
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Georgia Gwinnett College held a ceremony on Friday to break ground for a new Allied Health and Science Building. …”We thank Governor Nathan Deal, our state legislators, the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents, and Chancellor Hank Huckaby for making this building possible,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman.

Strand named Regents Professor
University of Georgia entomologist professor Michael Strand, whose insights into host-parasite interactions have important implications for agriculture and human health, has been named a Regents Professor effective July 1. Regents Professorships are awarded by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to distinguished faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pacesetting.
Earthly matters: Disaster proofing Pakistan
By Rina Saeed Khan | From InpaperMagzine
The long awaited National Climate Change Policy that was launched in Islamabad last week called for the strengthening of “flood forecasting, drought monitoring and early warning systems in the country”. Given that Pakistan is now hit by disastrous flooding during the monsoon season on almost a yearly basis since 2010, the county desperately needs a comprehensive early warning system. In Bangladesh, experts claim that they have become “almost disaster proof” from the destructive floods that used to displace millions annually, thanks to the early warning systems set up in the country. Dr Peter Webster, Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, is responsible for developing an operational flood-forecasting module for the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers in Bangladesh. This system has now been transferred successfully to the Bangladesh Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

UGA will compare men and women profs’ salaries for equity
University of Georgia officials will compare the salaries of men and women professors to make sure they are getting equal pay for equal work and accomplishment.
UGA researchers use Facebook info to track tornado debris
University of Georgia researchers turned an Alabama woman’s compassionate Facebook page into a source of research data to learn more about tornadoes’ destructive behaviors.
CSI: Milky Way
by Staff Writers
These days the core of the Milky Way galaxy is a pretty tame place…cosmically speaking. The galactic black hole at the center is a sleeping giant. Existing stars are peacefully circling. Although conditions are favorable, there doesn’t even seem to be much new star formation going on. But there is growing evidence that several million years ago the galactic center was the site of all manner of celestial fireworks. A pair of assistant professors – Kelly Holley-Bockelmann at Vanderbilt and Tamara Bogdanovic at Georgia Institute of Technology – have come up with an explanation that fits these “forensic” clues.

House set to pass budget that helps tiny schools
By James Salzer
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia’s smallest, most remote school systems would continue getting state subsidies to stay afloat, but many private college students would get less tuition help under a $19.8 billion budget plan the House is expected to approve Tuesday. The House Budget Committee is expected Monday afternoon to pass the spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. The budget calls for $800 million for new construction projects — much of it for schools and colleges — and more money for k-12 education. But it contains no cost-of-living raises for 200,000 state employees and teachers.

Atlanta Forward
Fulfill HOPE with service stint
By Michelle Nunn
Georgia’s HOPE scholarship is one of the largest merit-based college scholarship programs in the United States, but it could be so much more. By rewarding both good grades and volunteer service, the HOPE scholarship could teach the rest of the nation how to produce educated, engaged citizens who know how to give back.
Atlanta Forward
Education makes the difference
By R.K. Sehgal
As a naturalized citizen, I came here believing in the superiority of U.S. public schools. My father believed the United States would equip me with the educational and life skills that I would need to be a success. And it did.
Study Break: Undocumented students face hurdles to higher ed
…Brought to Georgia as children, taught in state schools, they now find their educations ending with high school mortar boards, barred from attending Georgia’s top public universities and unable to afford out-of-state tuition to the rest. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents, a 19-person body appointed by the governor, adopted a rule in 2010 that prohibited undocumented students from enrolling in any state college that previously turned away academically qualified U.S. citizens in the prior two years.
Keep the Doors Open
By Christopher P. Loss
President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act (HEA) on November 8, 1965. The ceremony occurred before a packed house at his alma mater, Southwest Texas State College (now Texas State University-San Marcos). With his wife, Lady Bird, by his side, and surrounded by faculty, students, and administrators, Johnson gave prefatory remarks that were solemn yet optimistic: “The president’s signature upon this legislation passed by this Congress will swing open a new door for the young people of America. For them, and for this entire land of ours, it is the most important door that will ever open — the door to education.”
How to Shop for College
Colleges often make themselves appear less expensive — and more attractive to cash-poor families — through promotional materials and financial aid letters that hide the true costs. Last month the federal government unveiled an online college scorecard that can help families cut through some of the confusion. It gives students a reasonable idea of what they could owe once they graduate and allows clear cost comparisons among schools.
Student Debt and the Economy
The student loan debt crisis has become a drag on the economy. Younger Americans who are saddled with bankrupting payments — or credit ratings damaged by delinquency — are in no position to buy homes, save for retirement or start businesses.
A Dangerous ‘New Normal’ in College Debt
We are reaching a crisis point in this country’s higher education system. As college tuitions rise and state and local funding for higher education falls — along with median household incomes — students are taking on staggering levels of debt.
‘Dangerous New Normal In College Debt’
By Tracy Mitrano
A couple of days ago, New York Times Columnist Charles Blow wrote of how big debt is the “dangerous new normal” for young graduates. He is not wrong in identifying a genuine problem for individuals, but only a symptom of larger social challenge: that the price is a failure of our society and government to recognize that higher educate is a public policy issue.
The Professors’ Big Stage
I just spent the last two days at a great conference convened by M.I.T. and Harvard on “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education” — a k a “How can colleges charge $50,000 a year if my kid can learn it all free from massive open online courses?”
Building Your E-Village
By Rachel Leventhal-Weiner
The work life of an academic can be solitary. When I started my graduate training, I understood that research and writing would be isolating, but I never considered that while I love writing, I crave the company of other people in my work. As a graduate student and early career scholar, I have found a few colleagues that enjoy co-working, that is, writing in the same space.
Academic Integrity Redux, Part IV and Conclusion
By Tracy Mitrano
At this juncture I would like to say a few words about MOOCs. First, let’s level set: MOOC is an acronym for Massive Open Online Classroom. While distance education is as old at least as correspondence courses, MOOCs are distinguishable as using Internet technologies to bring free education to students globally.
THE DEBATE: Would guns on college campuses make us more or less safe?
Devin Fehely
ATLANTA — While President Obama and some of the rest of the nation are pushing stricter gun control laws, Georgia’s State Legislature is on the verge of passing looser gun laws. The main argument behind them is that people should have the right to protect themselves from criminals or a deranged gunman. …State Senator Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and Georgia Tech Students for Concealed Carry Chairman Robert Eager debate the issue.
FIREARMS AND alcohol don’t mix. That’s common sense.
Yet common sense wasn’t enough to prevent the Georgia House from approving a bill Friday that would allow Georgians to carry weapons in bars, along with churches, parts of college campuses and into unsecured government buildings.

Education News
Georgia technical colleges expanding international programs
The Technical College of Georgia is expanding its global reach.
System officials expect to sign a $3 million contract with the African nation of Kenya soon, TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said last week.
Georgia technical colleges face another big budget cut
Athens Technical College and other state technical colleges might take another steep financial hit next year.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College workers facing monthly furlough days
by Alan Riquelmy, staff writer
Employees of Georgia Northwestern Technical College face a furlough day each month in the upcoming fiscal year, if the currently proposed state budget goes into effect this July, the college’s president said. The Technical College System of Georgia faces cuts across the board in its fiscal year 2013-2014 budget, said President Craig McDaniel.
HOPE grant law would be boost for WGTC
by Winston Jones/Times-Georgian
House legislation passed Thursday, lowering grade requirements for technical college students seeking HOPE grants, would be a major boost for West Georgia Technical College, a school administrator said Friday.
Global Ambitions
By Elizabeth Redden
Arguably no university has been as ambitious in expanding its global footprint as New York University, which has opened degree-granting liberal arts campuses in Abu Dhabi and now Shanghai, and is rapidly enlarging its network of “study away” sites to encompass 11 other locations on six continents. NYU has rebranded itself as the GNU – the “global network university” — a phrase meant to encapsulate the envisioned movement of students and faculty across the various sites.
Report Warns of ‘Avalanche’ Approaching for Global Higher Education
An avalanche is coming to higher education, according to a new report by Sir Michael Barber, the chief education adviser at Pearson. The report, titled “An Avalanche Is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead,” is being released today by the Institute for Public Policy Research, a British think tank.
Bigger Proportion of U.S. Students Interested in Going Overseas
The percentage of American students who say they want to study overseas is almost three times that of their British counterparts, according to a new study that the British Council’s research arm, Education Intelligence, released last week during the Going Global conference in Dubai. Only 20 percent of students in Britain said they would consider studying overseas, compared with 56 percent of U.S. students, according to an online poll of more than 10,000 students conducted in cooperation with the National Union of Students in Britain and Zinch, an online student network in the United States.
Higher education on the move: Harvard and MIT convene summit on online learning and the future of residential education
by Michael Patrick Rutter
When it comes to online education, the future is now. And it’s changing fast. Ads by Google The Harvard Alumni Card – Exceptional Rewards for Exceptional Alumni. The New Harvard Alumni Card – That was an overriding message when the presidents of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted a summit on March 3 and 4 titled “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education.” An evening of dinner and discussion in the stately Radcliffe Gymnasium was followed by a day of interactive panel discussions at the chic MIT Media Lab complex.
Colleges Hold Out Hope of Avoiding Steep Cuts in Funds
By Allie Bidwell
Deep federal spending cuts that both Democrats and Republicans had hoped to avoid were set into motion March 1, as Congress failed to act in time to prevent or postpone the reductions. The $85-billion cut to the federal budget, known as sequestration, leaves colleges uncertain about how reductions in federal appropriations will affect them.
Minimal Gains in Faculty Pay
By Scott Jaschik
Median salaries for tenure-track faculty members at four-year colleges and universities were up 2.1 percent in 2012 — matching the rate of inflation for the year, according to a study being released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

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Less Funding for Soldiers
By Carl Straumsheim
The U.S. Army announced Friday that it will freeze all new applications for service members’ tuition assistance, temporarily eliminating a much relied-on program for soldiers and sending universities scrambling to identify alternative sources of funding for their students.
Sequester Watch: Army and Marines Suspend Tuition Assistance Programs
By Allie Bidwell
The Army announced on Friday that it had suspended new requests in its Tuition Assistance Program, joining the Marine Corps in halting the program due to significant cuts in federal spending that took effect last week.
Irvine Offers Full Chemistry Curriculum Online and Free
The University of California at Irvine is offering video and course materials for all required courses for a chemistry major plus some electives and graduate courses, online and free. Open Chemistry does not provide credit or a laboratory experience, but Irvine says that the material could be used by anyone trying to learn chemistry, and that other institutions could provide laboratory experience or testing to certify learning.
Harvard Secretly Searched Administrators’ E-Mail
Harvard University secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans — administrators who work with students on academic and other issues — trying to identify the source of a leak about the university’s cheating scandal, The Boston Globe reported.
Conservative Scholar Denied New Trial in Bias Suit
A federal judge has denied a retrial to Teresa Wagner, the conservative scholar whose political bias claims against the University of Iowa were rejected last year by a jury, The Des Moines Register reported.

Other News
Legislative deadline leaves many bills behind
ATLANTA — When the gavel in the Georgia House of Representatives fell at 9 p.m. Thursday, it ended the prospects of hundreds of proposals as stand-alone bills that failed to make the General Assembly’s internal deadline.
Week Ahead: House, Senate consider each other’s bills
ATLANTA — The budget is likely to be the only major legislation that passes either the House or the Senate this week because lawmakers are only just getting their first look at the other chamber’s bills.

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Key Bills Survive ‘Crossover Day’
By Rahul Bali and Rickey Bevington
Thursday was a relatively quiet day at the state capitol on so-called “Crossover Day” when compared to previous years. On the 30th day of each year’s 40-day legisltive session both the House and Senate often convene late into the night to debate bills that haven’t yet been voted on by either chamber.