Georgia Archives transfer to University System one step closer
By Laura Diamond
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The University System of Georgia moved closer to managing the Georgia Archives under a bill the Senate Higher Education Committee passed Wednesday. House Bill 287 would transfer the archives from the Secretary of State’s Office, where the program faced steep cuts because of lagging state revenue.
Savannah State President Defends TRIO in Congress
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Washington – When Savannah State University president Cheryl Dozier addressed a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday about the impact of cuts to the federal TRIO programs, she said there was “no doubt” that TRIO helps students succeed.
Students get jobs through preparation, not degree decisions
Students enter college with the future in mind, but this future hinges on the degree they graduate with. Job availability varies on field, and students take this into consideration.
Former Augusta State president tells Azziz: ‘It’s not about you’
By Steve Crawford
NOTE: Full letter embedded at end oF story.
The leader of Georgia Regents University will have to mend a lot of fences, both within the new institution and the community, if he wants to succeed, according to the woman who helmed Augusta State University for its final six months. “At this point, GRU does not share a spirit of mutual respect and responsibility. It will never mature without it,” wrote former ASU President Shirley Strum Kenny in her final letter to Dr. Ricardo Azziz.
Statistics and Operational Research
Students earning a degree in statistics and operational research study subjects such as mathematics, computer science, and decision making. Graduates can work in fields that range from auditing to hospital management. These are the world’s top universities for statistics and operational research…#6 Georgia Institute of Technology
Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering
Students earning degrees in mechanical, aeronautical, and manufacturing engineering take many core mathematics classes and may specialize in a wide range of subjects, from fracture mechanics to nanotechnology. These are the world’s top universities for mechanical, aeronautical, and manufacturing engineering‚ #11 Georgia Institute of Technology
Metallurgy and Materials
Metallurgy and materials students learn about the structure and properties of materials. Graduates can go on to become reliability engineers, ceramic dry press engineers, and components engineers. These are the world’s top universities for metallurgy and materials‚ #13 Georgia Institute of Technology
Tech Student Wins Potts Leadership Award
This year’s recipient of the Regent Willis J. Potts Student Advisory Council Leadership Award is Eran Mordel, the undergraduate Student Government Association president at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Mordel was selected to receive the award by his peers in the USG’s Student Advisory Council, composed of the student government association presidents of the System’s 31 colleges and universities and representing a total of 315,000 students.
GRU researches effects of polycystic ovary syndrome on glucose control
Staff Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle
Polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition affecting about 10 percent of women and characterized by excess male hormone and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, appears to cause a sort of double jeopardy for those struggling the hardest to control blood sugar levels, researchers at Georgia Regents University report.
Study: Welfare programs discourage work, marriage
By WALTER C. JONESMORRIS NEWS SERVICE
ATLANTA — A new, university study demonstrates that many of the government benefits the state offers actually discourage poor people from adopting more productive behaviors. By Wednesday, a day after the release of the report, groups on both sides of the political divide were praising or dismissing it.
Future Power Grids Inspired by the Human Brain
This 4-part series, published to coincide with Brain Awareness Week, highlights investmentsmade by the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation to develop cutting edge tools and technologies that will advance our understanding of the brain. The unmatched ability of the human brain to process and make sense of large amounts of complex data has caught the attention of engineers working in the field of control systems.” Because the brain operates in a completely different way than traditional computing systems, the first step was to try to make sense of how the brain integrates and responds to data. To do so, Venayagamoorthy enlisted the expertise of neuroscientist Steve Potter, Ph.D., director of the Laboratory for NeuroEngineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Learning from suckerfish
Jason Bittel | Slate
It’s easy to ignore a remora, the little torpedo of a fish that hitchhikes on sharks, whales and turtles. But this diminutive creature is full of secrets, not least of which may be the inspiration for versatile adhesive technology of the future. These are just a few of the findings from a new materials research project out of Georgia Tech.
Senate panel approves package sales closer to college campuses
By WALTER C. JONES AND NICK COLTRAIN
ATLANTA – Legislation allowing packaged-alcohol sales closer to college campuses than the current 100-yard limit easily passed in a Senate committee Wednesday.
Board of Regents, ‘Moms’ make gun opposition statement
BY WALTER C. JONES
MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
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.
GA Gun Laws Debated
By Associated Press
Georgia lawmakers are debating which changes they want to make to the state’s gun laws as the General Assembly’s annual session heads toward a close. A committee of House lawmakers debated Wednesday on the merits of differing legislative packages from two gun owners groups.
Morehead eyes private money to sustain UGA’s rise
(Note: I’ll soon have updates from CPAC, which is just getting under way. In the meantime, here’s my column for today’s print AJC.)
In January, as the University of Georgia was wrapping up the search for its new president, I came across an open letter former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels wrote to the people of Purdue University, whose presidency he had just assumed. The letter made so many good points about the role and future of higher education that I considered writing a column about it, along the lines of: “I don’t know who the next president of UGA should be, but he or she should think like this.” Before I did, UGA announced its next president. And he was thinking about Daniels’ letter, too.
The Answer Sheet
By Valerie Strauss
Common Core: Will it hurt struggling readers?
The debate over the Common Core State Standards continues. Here an author writes about potential problems with Common Core implementation regarding reading instruction.
MOOCs as Work-Arounds
By Matt Reed
A few years ago, some colleges in my neck of the woods flirted with the idea of partnering with more expensive for-profits to provide “express lanes” for students to get around long waiting lists for high demand programs, especially in nursing. The idea was that the colleges didn’t have the resources to build the needed capacity, so they would partner with institutions that did.
Higher Ed, Innovation, and “How Stella Saved the Farm”
By Joshua Kim
How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
Published in March of 2013.
Everyone in higher ed seems to believe in the power of innovation, while very few of us know how to change how we organize ourselves to move from ideas to execution.
Strategy and Competition in Higher Education: The 2-Day Version
By Margaret Andrews
During the summer, I committed to running a short program on Strategy and Competition in Higher Education – essentially a two-day non-credit version of the full length Strategy and Competition in Higher Education course – and asked people what they thought were the most important topics for discussion during such a program. And there was definitely some consensus.
Emory may drop Chick-fil-A from campus options
By Christopher Seward
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emory University students may no longer be munching on Chick-fil-A sandwiches and waffle fries this summer. A student advisory committee has recommended that the Atlanta-based restaurant chain, which has been on campus for 29 years, be excluded when the campus’ main food court is redesigned.
Morehouse Furloughs Faculty and Staff
Morehouse College, sticking with its plan to belt tighten all school year, used this week’s spring break for its more than 2,000 students to furlough without pay its entire faculty and staff.
Squeeze Looms for Doctors
More Medical Students Are In the Pipeline, but Too Few Residencies Await Them
By MELINDA BECK
U.S. medical schools are expanding to meet an expected demand for more doctors spurred by the federal health law. With 12 new schools opening and existing ones growing, enrollment is on track to produce 5,000 more graduates a year by 2019. But medical educators are cautioning that those efforts won’t do anything to alleviate a doctor shortage unless the number of medical residency positions rises as well. The number of federally funded residencies has been frozen since 1997.
Going Beyond Interest Rates
By Libby A. Nelson
WASHINGTON — Another legislative deadline for federal financial aid is looming in this town of perpetual crisis: the interest rate on subsidized student loans will double July 1, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, if there is no Congressional action.
Reimagining Financial Aid
By Libby A. Nelson
WASHINGTON — The first results of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s effort to redesign the federal financial aid system are in: 15 white papers totaling 587 pages, nearly all calling for an overhaul of at least part of the nation’s system for helping students pay for college in order to improve graduation rates.
Gates Gives Boost to Adaptive Learning
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this week announced new investments in adaptive learning, an increasingly popular approach in higher education that blends individualized instruction, peer tutoring and automated applications that adjust to a student’s skill level.
Working Hard for Results
By Paul Fain
Improving remedial math won’t be easy. But a complex redesign from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is showing solid early returns.
Danger of Secondhand Laptop Browsing by Students
New research at York University in Canada both confirms and extends the concerns of many faculty members about laptop use in class. The research found that undergraduates who multitask on laptops comprehend less of what has been covered in a lecture than do other students.
By Kevin Kiley
There’s no clearer indication that what happened at the University of Virginia last summer touched a sensitive nerve in the higher education nationally than the fact that everybody is still talking about it.
U. of Virginia’s Board Lacked Common Sense, AAUP Says in Scathing Report
The ouster of Teresa Sullivan as president showed a ‘failure of judgment’ by a board led by a ‘headstrong rector’
By Jack Stripling
By forcing out Teresa A. Sullivan as president of the University of Virginia last summer, the institution’s Board of Visitors demonstrated a “failure of judgment and, alas, of common sense,” an investigative panel of the American Association of University Professors has concluded. In a report issued on Thursday, the AAUP faults the board for ignoring its own guidelines for presidential evaluations and for securing Ms. Sullivan’s ouster without faculty consultation.
Politics and Cautions in California
By Ry Rivard
California lawmakers detailed a plan Wednesday to require the state’s 145 public colleges and universities to grant credit for low-cost online courses offered by outside groups, including classes offered by for-profit companies.
U. of Colorado at Boulder Names Steven Hayward Its First ‘Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought’
By Sydni Dunn
Steven Hayward has been named the first “visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy” at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a position created with the intent of broadening intellectual diversity among the flagship campus’s left-leaning faculty.