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Georgia Board: Sports Bulldog?
By Allie Grasgreen
The regents who govern the University System of Georgia’s 35 institutions don’t think intercollegiate athletics has grown at the expense of the academy — but they want to make sure it doesn’t.
With a new policy adopted Wednesday, the system’s Board of Regents has given itself some authority over its universities’ athletics programs, which it previously ceded entirely to the institutions themselves. The new policy deals primarily with program expansion and financing.
GGC president moving to Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
By Laura Diamond
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Daniel Kaufman is stepping down as president of Georgia Gwinnett College to become the next president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s board selected him Thursday. Kaufman will begin July 1 and be responsible for the management and direction of the 2,700-member group.

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Dr. Daniel Kaufman, the Lawrenceville school’s charter President, has accepted the position as the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s next President and CEO.
New UWG president expected to be named Friday
by Colton Campbell/Times-Georgian
A new president for the University of West Georgia has been selected by a University System of Georgia Board of Regents committee. The name of the new president, taking the reins presumably in July, will be released Friday afternoon, after the regents formally vote to authorize negotiations with the candidate.
Georgia Southern Offers MBA Open House in Savannah
Savannah-area professionals can learn how to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Georgia Southern University without leaving the Savannah city limits. …The College of Business Administration (COBA) has offered an MBA degree for more than 40 years. The College is ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best in the country, and its MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
Gun bill draws fire from college leaders
by Winston Jones/Times-Georgian
Gun carry legislation, which passed overwhelmingly by the state House on March 7, is running into opposition from the college community as the bill makes its way through the state Senate. All 18 members of the Georgia University Board of Regents signed a statement Tuesday, declaring that the current gun laws best serve the interests and safety of students, faculty and staff in the university system. The statement was also supported by the system’s 31 college and university presidents. They are opposed to a section of House Bill 512, which would allow weapons to be carried on college campuses.
Georgia Gwinnett Professor Appointed to DeKalb School Board
GGC professor Michael Erwin was one of the six people selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to fill the seats on the troubled board.
By Lawrenceville Patch Staff
An educator in Gwinnett was appointed to DeKalb County’s School Board. Michael Erwin is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Georgia Gwinnett College’s School of Science and Technology.
Robot dog toys win Georgia Tech contest
By Laura Diamond
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A line of automatic robotic dog toys won the InVenture Prize, Georgia Tech’s invention competition for undergraduate students.
Georgia Tech students stand against modern slavery
Holly Pennebaker
ATLANTA — College students at the Georgia Tech campus are taking a stand for 27 hours straight with the mission to raise awareness of modern-day slavery.

Revamped Engineering Programs Emphasize Real-World Problem Solving
Schools are promoting hands-on, multi-disciplinary coursework to prepare students for jobs.
Think about cell phones, medical devices, solar power—and engineered bone. “It’s blatantly obvious that engineering can make your life better,” says T.E. “Ed” Schlesinger, head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. But for years graduate school programs often failed to make that real-world connection apparent. …Georgia Tech is working to increase the number of African-Americans attending graduate school in engineering and science through FACES (Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science), a National Science Foundation-sponsored effort between Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, Emory University, and Spelman College. The FACES fellowship provides a stipend of $3,000 or $5,000 to Ph.D. students at Georgia Tech that can be used for research or career development expenses such as equipment or travel, says Gary May, Georgia Tech’s dean of the College of Engineering.
Georgia VC fund: Pass it now, finance it later
Dave Williams
Staff Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle
A proposal to create a state-backed venture capital fund in Georgia is moving through the General Assembly minus a key ingredient: how to pay for it. When a bill calling for a $100 million VC fund failed to gain traction in the state House of Representatives early in this year’s legislative session, Senate Republican leaders introduced a similar measure and put it on the fast track. The Senate passed the bill March 5 and sent it to the House… Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute estimates that 92 cents of every venture capital dollar invested in Georgia is coming from outside the state. For years, promising companies incubated in the state’s universities have fled to technology hotbeds including Boston and California’s Silicon Valley, places with better access to the venture capital needed to move from startup status to mature growth.
City becoming hotbed for sales automation
Urvaksh Karkaria
Staff Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle
Marketing automation software is big business as Corporate America competes to turn prospects into paying customers. Atlanta is developing into a hotbed for the industry, which according to one estimate will grow 50 percent this year. Marketing automation software helps a company’s sales force identify the most promising prospects and then strike when they are most receptive. The technology allows companies to educate and engage prospects before they are ready to talk to sales. It also prioritizes sales leads — who’s ready to buy based on engagement with marketing materials… Atlanta has the highest per capita number of creative digital workers in the country, partly due to Georgia Tech and the Savannah College of Art and Design, Pardot co-founder David Cummings said.
Georgia Tech Overhauls Global Learning Center Digital Content Workflow
Submitted by Lauren Williams
PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced that Georgia Tech Online (formerly Distance Learning) is using a new PESA Cheetah 288XE digital video router at its Global Learning Center in Atlanta as part of its migration to HD production for its online professional education coursework.

Senate OKs video poker, HOPE measure
By Kristina Torres
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Senate doubled-down on video poker machines Thursday, approving a measure under which more money could flow to the state’s strained HOPE scholarship program.

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Pennington loves his work behind the scenes
Douglas Sams
Commercial Real Estate Editor-Atlanta Business Chronicle
Often when a company announces a big expansion or a relocation, the work economic development officials did to land those jobs goes unnoticed. Their names won’t appear in newspapers or be called on stage at the press conference. The politicians usually get the ink and the limelight… In an Atlanta Business Chronicle Op-Ed, Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey and Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson praised collaboration of the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative, a yearlong effort in 2011 to find out where Georgia needed help to compete nationally and internationally for jobs.
Bill to allow guns at schools draws fire
by Staff, Morris News Service reports
Reactions are heated after legislation that would allow guns on college campuses passed in the state House of Representatives, and the Board of Regents released a statement opposing the bill. A separate group rallied at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to object to proposals like Georgia’s, which would allow guns in churches, bars and schools, as well.

Giving HOPE to technical students
By state Rep. Bill Hitchens
The Georgia General Assembly now has fewer than 10 days of session remaining in the 2013 legislative session. The second longest day of session is crossover day and that was accomplished last Thursday evening. Local legislation is the exception to this rule, as this legislation can be passed throughout the session and does not have the limitation of trying to survive crossover day.
Ireland connection can spur growth
Eamon Gilmore
It is a great privilege to be here in Atlanta for St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s national holiday. This is a part of the world with a rich and proud Irish heritage, as evidenced by the more than 1 million people in Georgia who claim Irish or Scots-Irish ancestry. And St. Patrick’s Day is a time when we celebrate the strength of that diaspora and all it has accomplished to build positive impressions of Ireland in different corners of our world… Atlanta provides the U.S. headquarters for Oldcastle, the largest Irish employer in the U.S., with more than 35,000 working on its behalf across this great country. And Ireland is fortunate also to have superb relationships with world-class universities like Georgia Tech and Emory, institutions of higher learning that enhance Atlanta’s reputation throughout the world.
It’s 3AM. Do You Know What’s Happening With Your Social Media?
Eric Stoller
It generally starts with a statement and then ends with a question. The statement is usually framed as: “Social media is/are a 24/7 concern.” The question that follows said statement has consistently been: “What do we do about that?” There’s a fascinating fear of social media that is ingrained in a lot of student affairs practitioners.…
I Am Not Liking This …
By Tracy Mitrano
The California Legislature is considering a bill “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.

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Technical colleges, for-profit schools at the center of Higher Education Committee meeting
The Georgia House of Representatives Higher Education Committee met Thursday but chose to table three of its five agenda meetings for next Wednesday. SB 103 The major discussion centered on Senate Bill 103, which would allow Georgia technical schools to redesignate themselves as community colleges.
Technical and independent colleges sign credit transfer agreement
The Georgia Independent College Association (GICA) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have made it easier for technical college graduates to enter many four-year private colleges in Georgia with transfer of credit hours. Representatives of the two organizations signed the Transfer Articulation Agreement in a State Capitol ceremony hosted by Governor Nathan Deal on February 20.
WCHS students will be able to earn college credits
Peggy King
Cordele Dispatch
Abbeville — Thanks to an agreement between Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and the Wilcox County Board of Education, some students in the county soon will be able to earn college credits while they are still in high school.
Morehouse’s new president has high ambitions
Maria Saporta
Contributing Writer- Atlanta Business Chronicle
John S. Wilson grew up in Philadelphia going to a church where the pastor was a “Morehouse Man” — meaning someone who had graduated from Atlanta’s Morehouse College. “I think he preached about Morehouse as much as he preached about Jesus,” Wilson said. “I followed that path.” On Jan. 28, Wilson became the 11th president of Morehouse College, one of the most influential historically black colleges in the nation. As the new president of Morehouse, Wilson is intense in his focus to strengthen his alma mater for generations to come and have it fulfill its legacy as the college that nurtured Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard H. Jackson and so many others.
Consumer Information on Colleges Is Imperfect but Improving, Federal Officials Say
By Ann Schnoebelen
To help prospective college students make informed decisions, the U.S. Department of Education has created several online tools, but consumers may not know how to find and use them. Federal officials acknowledged as much at a policy briefing on Thursday and asked the public to help “spread the word” about tools such as College Navigator, the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, and the College Scorecard.
The Lure of Lore
By Doug Lederman
It’s hard to know quite what to make of the announcement today that John Katzman’s Noodle Education is buying Lore, the e-learning company formerly known as Coursekit. It’s tempting to dismiss the deal as one hard-to-figure-out education search company (Noodle) buying a startup that generated some buzz (and investor money) at inception but hasn’t yet gained much traction.
University Leaders From Asia and the Pacific Consider Challenges of Globalization
By Karin Fischer
Hong Kong
As globalization and technology blur national borders, universities must work even harder to demonstrate their distinctiveness and value, said the leaders of top universities in the Asia-Pacific region. …Globalization and technology, including the rise of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are changing the education landscape, but university leaders said they shouldn’t allow those developments to compromise their identities.
edX Makes Key Code Open Source
edX, the nonprofit massive open online course provider started by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made a part of its source code available to the open source programming community on Thursday. Until more of its code is made public, developers won’t be able to clone edX, but President Anant Agarwal said this week’s release will let everyone get a peak at its architecture.
Double Majors Produce Dynamic Thinkers, Study Finds
By Dan Berrett
An undergraduate education is traditionally supposed to provide students with both breadth and depth of knowledge, which derive from their general-education requirements and major, respectively. Increasingly, education experts also want students to develop a third skill, integrative thinking.
If you have the skills, manufacturers have the jobs
By Caitlyn Finnegan
The U.S. manufacturing sector is regaining momentum, but many of those with close ties to it — from educators to senators — are concerned that the industry is not ready to face increasing demands. After spending the last five years upgrading production lines, streamlining factories with multi-million dollar computers and adding automation, the manufacturing industry has evolved into a high-tech environment that has expanded to include thousands of new jobs. …A nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute has developed its own solution to the problem: a national manufacturing skills certification system that will ensure students graduating from technical schools will have the skills hiring companies are looking for.
Australian Work Force ‘Over Educated’
By Bernard Lane for The Australian
Politicians and university chiefs in Australia are keen to sell the benefits of ever more degrees, but the labor market isn’t buying it, according to a study that shows large numbers of overeducated workers.
Congress, Education Leaders Discuss Workforce Development Initiatives
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
On the same day that several top Republican lawmakers trekked to a Virginia community college to tout the proposed SKILLS Act as the solution to a “broken” federal workforce development system, a pair of national higher education leaders informed Congress that the bill has several downsides for community colleges.
Looking Over Servicers’ Shoulders
By Libby A. Nelson
WASHINGTON — In the latest step in its attempts to regulate the student loan market, a federal consumer protection agency is proposing that it will start enforcing laws and regulations governing loan servicers for both federal and private student loans.
Scholarships for Members of the Military
Several colleges have created new scholarships to try to counter sequester-motivated suspension of tuition assistance from the U.S. Department of Defense for active-duty members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.
A Debt-Free Approach to Graduate Education for African-Americans
by Kelley Bass Jackson
African-Americans bear a disproportionate amount of consumer debt in our nation’s economy. The wealth gap between African-Americans and average Americans continues to widen. One way to close that gap is through higher education.
New Attempt to Cut NSF Funding for Political Science
As has become common in recent years, some Republicans in Congress are trying to kill the National Science Foundation’s support for political science research. Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, has proposed that the $10 million a year spent by the NSF on political science research be shifted to the National Cancer Institute.