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Regents increase oversight of college sports
By Laura Diamond
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
College presidents who want to expand athletics will face increased scrutiny from the State Board of Regents. Georgia’s public colleges will need permission from the regents before they can create or add sports or change competition levels, under a policy the boardapproved Tuesday.
UGA residence hall to be renamed for late Gov. Busbee
The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to approve the naming of Building 1512 on the East Campus Village of the University of Georgia after the late Gov. George D. Busbee.
Regents OK renovation of former dental building at GRU
By Walter Jones
Morris News Service
ATLANTA — The Board of Regents gave the green light Tuesday to a $50 million renovation of the former dental building at Georgia Regents University.–American-Studies
College of Coastal Georgia to launch American studies program
BRUNSWICK, Georgia — The Georgia Board of Regents has approved a new American studies baccalaureate program at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick.

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Albany Early College program under review at Albany State
by FOX 31 News Team
ALBANY, GA — The future of Albany Early College ran by the Dougherty County School System at Albany State University’s Andrews Hall is under review due to DCSS’s plans for consolidation according to information released by ASU.
Regents approve UGA building progress
ATLANTA – The overall plan for the University of Georgia’s health campus was presented Tuesday to the the Board of Regents even though most of it is already accomplished. The board quickly corrected an oversight by giving its OK to the plan because it has authorized each of the individual projects in the $55 million renovation of the former U.S. Navy Supply Corps School.

UGA graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation
UGA News Service
University of Georgia graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. The School of Law tied for 33rd, the College of Education ranked 43rd and the Terry College of Business tied for 52nd.

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U.S. News And World Report Releases 2014 Best Graduate Schools Lists
By Heather Manes
In recent years, with bachelor’s degrees basically becoming the new high school diplomas, graduate schools have become more and more of a necessity for students looking to pursue lucrative job opportunities. The U.S. News and World Report released today its 2014 list of the Best Graduate Schools to help potential students sort through the litany of emerging post-graduate institutions… Engineering Schools: MIT, of course, held the number one spot, while Stanford and UC, Berkeley took second and third. The California Institute of Technology climbed to claim fourth while Carnegie Mellon University tied for fifth with Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign.
Utah, USC top college video game design programs
Brett Molina, USA TODAY
The University of Utah now boasts the top undergraduate program in the country for video game design, says the latest report from The Princeton Review. The Salt Lake City school beat out the University of Southern California, which had held the top spot for three years… Top 15 graduate video game design programs:.. 13. Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Northwestern steady, U. of C. slips in business school rankings
BY SANDRA GUY Business Reporter
Northwestern University’s business school maintained its No. 4 ranking, while the University of Chicago’s Booth School slipped to No. 6 from last year’s No. 4 in the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked No. 47, down 10 spots from last year… • Engineering — The University of Illinois tied for No. 5 with Carnegie Mellon and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Georgia Gwinnett College breaks ground on $30M science center
Carla Caldwell, Morning Call Editor
Georgia Gwinnett College has broken ground on its $30 million Allied Health and Science Building, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post. Once the building is complete, the institution can move forward with plans to grow its school of science and technology, as well as its new school of health sciences, officials said.
GGC Breaks Ground on Critically Needed Allied Health and Science Building
Georgia Gwinnett College has broken ground for its critically needed, $30 million Allied Health and Science Building. About 250 people attended the ceremony celebrating the milestone. “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.
Collector’s estate sale to benefit UGA libraries
Records indicate Sidney Samuel Thomas started investing his money at a very young age — a yellowed piece of paper shows him earning interest of $1.50, $1.12 and similar amounts in the 1930s, payback on a savings account that started out with about $27.44 when Thomas was just 10 years old. Over the next nearly eight decades, Thomas didn’t change his frugal habits much. …But when he died last year at 89 he had a net worth of upwards of $4 million. With no close relatives, he left almost all his fortune to the University of Georgia libraries.

Ga. Tech students’ inventions could lead to new jobs
By Laura Diamond
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Imagine a cellphone charger the size of a credit card that fits in a wallet. Or an inexpensive test that would allow millions of pregnant women and people with blood disorders to screen for anemia. Maybe life would be easier with automated robotic dog toys so canines can entertain themselves. One — or all — of these could become the next big company in Georgia. For now these inventions are among the six finalists for the InVenture Prize, an annual Georgia Tech contest that rewards undergraduate students for innovation and creativity.
Student Creators Seek Inventure Prize
By Joshua Stewart
Nine student inventors will compete live on GPB TV Tuesday night for $20,000 and a free patent filing. It’s the Georgia Tech Inventure Prize finals. GPB’s Joshua Stewart recently went to Tech in Atlanta to get a peek at some of the inventions and meet their creators.
Erika Tyburski and her AnemoCheck on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Georgia Tech. AnemoCheck is a point-of-care, patient-operated, standalone, inexpensive, and disposable diagnostic test for anemia due to any underlying pathology. She is one of six finalists in the running for the InVenture Prize.

Tech Universe: Wednesday 13 March
By Miraz Jordan
SLOW FLOW: Wind turbines tend to be placed high up on towers to catch the air, but what say they could be only a metre or two off the ground and horizontal? The Solar Vortex system created by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology places blades horizontally to catch the flow created by warm air as it rises and cool air as it falls.
West End and southwest Atlanta: Tweaking Northside Drive could spur growth in areas skipped by last boom
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By David Pendered
The Georgia Tech study of Northside Drive offers some interesting prospects for the next chapter of Atlanta’s West End and other neighborhoods south of I-20.

House passes $19.8 billion budget for upcoming year
By James Salzer
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia House on Tuesday passed a $19.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming year that includes more money for schools and about $800 million worth of borrowing for construction projects. The budget for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1, now heads to the Senate for consideration. The measure passed the House 159-15.
Georgia House adopts $19.8B state budget for 2014
Dave Williams
Staff Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle
The Georgia House of Representatives approved a $19.8 billion fiscal 2014 budget Tuesday that would increase state spending by $512 million over this year.
Gun carry legislation running into some resistance
By Laura Diamond and Kristina Torres
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Efforts to expand access to guns across Georgia in places such as schools, college campuses and some courthouses are facing what appear to be their first serious challenges.
University regents tell Georgia legislators they don’t want guns on campuses
General Assembly considering opening more places to guns including bars and churches
By Walter C. Jones
ATLANTA | The Board of Regents released a statement Tuesday opposing legislation that would allow guns on college campuses, and a separate group is planning a rally to object to them in churches, bars and schools.
The groups are trying to stop House Bill 512 which passed the House of Representatives Thursday, just hours before the legislature’s internal deadline. Now the matter is pending in the Senate.
Georgia gun proposal could close legal loophole
ATLANTA — A proposed change to Georgia’s gun laws could close a loophole allowing those with mental illness to buy firearms, though judges are concerned it might allow some of those people to legally carry weapons.

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Guns on campus bill meets greater resistance now that it passes House and moves to Senate
While the guns on campus bill sailed through the House, it’s encountering greater resistance on its journey over to the Senate. Passage in both chambers of the General Assembly is necessary for a bill to become a law. …The bill was opposed by the chancellor of the University System of Georgia. “I am suggesting that adding loaded weapons to an already potentially volatile mix of youthful exuberance, stress, and yes, at times alcohol and other factors, could lead to a tragedy of our own making that we could otherwise avoid,” Chancellor Hank Huckaby told lawmakers.
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House approves broad expansion of gun carry rights
Members of the House of Representatives voted March 7 to approve the Safe Carry Protection Act, which would allow gun owners to carry weapons in many areas where they are now prohibited.
Seagraves: Immigrants deserve great college education
All colleges should be open to immigrants
The Georgia legislature and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents both seem to be making many shortsighted decisions that hurt the growth of business in our state (Story, “Undocumented students face hurdles to higher ed,” Sunday).
Teaching Students to ‘Lean In’
By Becky Wai-Ling Packard and Jessica Bacal
“No one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side, not at the table,” said Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg in her widely viewed TED talk, “and no one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success, or they don’t even understand their own success.” In her new book, Lean In, Sandberg promises to expand on these ideas — and people are taking issue even before it’s hit the bookstores.’t-men-return-college
Why Don’t Men Return to College?
By Matt Reed
You know how the hook of a song can get stuck in your head, or how you sorta, kinda recognize an actor in something and you can’t stop trying to remember where you’ve seen him before? (Actual conversation at home: “Hey, it’s that guy from…uh…” “Oh, yeah! That one with the girl from the show?” “Yeah, that’s it…”)
Services Around Online Meeting Platforms for Higher Ed?
By Joshua Kim
We have become spoiled for choice in the world of online meeting platforms for synchronous teaching and webinars. We can choose between Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, WebEX, GoToMeeting, Zoom, FuzeBox, BigBlueButton, Lync, Skype and I’m sure others (what am I missing?).

Education News
House splits school funding
The Brunswick News
A $19.8 billion budget passed by the state House of Representatives Tuesday includes funding for only one of two new technical college facilities proposed for the southeast region of Coastal Georgia. …Not included in the House version of the budget, which covers the next fiscal year beginning July 1, is funding for a similar satellite campus in Camden County, where Altamaha Technical College is holding classes temporarily at College of Coastal Georgia in Kingsland.
Tech school supporters lobby Atlanta
By Jocelyn Brumbaugh
Five representatives from the Camden County Chamber of Commerce traveled to Atlanta on Monday in an effort to save funding for a Camden County campus of Altamaha Technical College.
Technical colleges looking abroad
The Technical College System of Georgia is expanding its global reach with new international contracts. Officials expect to sign a $3 million contract with the African nation of Kenya soon, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.

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In 2014 Budgets, Republicans and Democrats Offer Competing Plans for Academe
By Kelly Field
[Updated (3/12/2013, 5:32 p.m.) with details on the Senate Democrats’ spending bill for 2013 and Senator Harkin’s proposed amendment to it.] Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled on Tuesday a budget blueprint for the 2014 fiscal year that would tighten eligibility for federal student aid, freeze the maximum Pell Grant at $5,645 for the next decade, and consolidate federal job-training programs.
Dueling Plans for Federal Spending
By Libby A. Nelson
WASHINGTON — It’s budget season on Capitol Hill, and so far, the mandatory budget cuts that took effect earlier this month seem here to stay.
Debt by a Thousand Cuts
By Kevin Kiley
To modify a famous phrase by Warren Buffett: Only when the tide goes out do you realize who’s swimming with too much debt. In a report released last month, Michael Le Roy, president of Calvin College since July, wrote that a task force studying the college’s finances found that the college had racked up $115 million in debt — a number that shocked many.
Missing Math Experts
By Carl Straumsheim
Amid a national push to improve math and science education, a new study shows college and universities report they can’t fill faculty positions that focus on math education.
Which state university grads earn the most?
(MoneyWatch) Which of the nation’s top state universities produce graduates who go on to make the biggest bucks? Among all 50 state “flagship” schools, recent graduates of the University of California-Berkeley earn the highest median starting salary, at $53,100, according to
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By Valerie Strauss
Lawsuit charges Ed Department with violating student privacy rights
The U.S. Education Department is being sued by a nonprofit organization for promoting regulations that are alleged to undercut student privacy and parental consent. The rules allow third parties, including private companies and foundations promoting school reform, to get access to private student information.
Sequestration: HBCUs Cast a Worried Eye at Title III and Student Aid Funding
by Afi-Odelia Scruggs
For years, Historically Black Colleges and Universities or HBCUs have boasted that they can do more with less. But sequestration could reduce the coffers of institutions that already have few resources.
Outsourcing Public Higher Ed
Paul Fain and Ry Rivard
A powerful California lawmaker wants public college students who are shut out of popular courses to attend low-cost online alternatives – including those offered by for-profit companies – and he plans to encourage the state’s public institutions to grant credit for those classes.
California Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Study
Legislation will be introduced in the California Senate on Wednesday that could reshape higher education by requiring the state’s public colleges and universities to give credit for faculty-approved online courses taken by students unable to register for oversubscribed classes on campus.
Florida Legislature takes on debate over school security
Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE — Allow gun-toting teachers. Make lockdown drills as routine as fire drills. Boost local taxes to specifically pay for security at schools. Three months after a gunman killed 26 students and teachers at a Connecticut elementary school, lawmakers in Florida are proposing a flurry of bills aimed at making schools more secure.