USG eClips

New Presidents or Provosts: College of Coastal Georgia, Concordia U., Harrisburg U. of Science and Technology, Huntington U., Portland CC, St. John Fisher College, South Dakota School of Mines, U. of Bradford
By Doug Lederman
Gregory F. Aloia, president of Concord University, in West Virginia, has been chosen as president of the College of Coastal Georgia
Student loans set to change following Congressional action
Amy Werner
Last month University of Georgia students walked through the arch and became alumni, leaving campus with a degree and — in some cases — debt. Thirteen days later, the United States House of Representatives passed bill H.R. 1911, The Smarter Solutions for Students Act, on May 23 and passed it along to the Senate. With less than five weeks to spare until the July 1 deadline, Congress and the White House work to avoid doubling interest rates for Direct Stafford subsidized loans.

Fort Valley State athletics goes from playoffs to layoffs
Fort Valley State lost a chunk of its football staff to budget cuts
By MICHAEL A. LOUGH — Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
The season ended with a loss, but it was a Division II playoff loss, and Fort Valley State hadn’t been to the postseason in awhile. So the Wildcats went into Christmas break already looking ahead to spring practice, looking to building on the success of 2012. But as the calendar turned, so did Fort Valley State’s football team. The school and athletics department have been dealing with serious financial issues, so desperate that there has been talk for about a year that Fort Valley State might explore the possibility of dropping down to Division III. Instead, there have been layoffs, extending from academics to athletics, and even the football program.
Preserving and protecting the military’s $20-billion impact on the state’s economy.
Jerry Grillo
Parker Greene was recruited for a special military operation 40 years ago, and like a dogged, ageless soldier, never deactivated, lost in time behind enemy lines, he’s still on the job, working to accomplish a mission that won’t end, unless and until all is lost. …Era of Transition
There is a multi-pronged approach to a new era of military transition in Geor-gia, and the pieces are gradually coming together. The Governor’s Defense Initiative is working closely with the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (Jones, McMahon and McNeill serve on the executive committee of this Georgia Chamber of Commerce affiliate), while the University System of Georgia (USG) develops its strategy for recruiting the thousands of veterans who will be deactivated from service in the coming years. “The Board of Regents and a lot of our universities recognize that we need to attract those high-quality individuals that have done a great service for our country and figure out how to help get them through our system using all the benefits available to them,” says Lee Durham, an attorney who was a brigade commander in Afghanistan before taking on his current gig as interim military outreach coordinator for the USG.

Clayton State online program ranked nationally
By Jeylin White
Clayton State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program is ranked as one of the top 20 country in the country, according to the education web site John Shiffert, director of university relations, said is a consumer group that rates, ranks and verifies the cost and credibility of online colleges and online universities. He said the web site also ranked the University System of Georgia’s (USG) WebBSIT program 16th in the nation, out of 88 online degree programs. “Clayton State is a member institution in the USG WebBSIT consortium,” said Shiffert. “The rankings are for the best IT bachelor degrees based on affordability.”
UGA Costa Rica wins sustainability award
The University of Georgia Costa Rica recently was honored by with the 2013 Innovation in Sustainability Award at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference in St. Louis. The award recognizes institutions, organizations and individuals who are creating initiatives to move the field of international education forward and to commend leaders in the community for their efforts to go beyond the conventional. NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development.
City takes next step toward GSU City Campus expansion
Council approves agreement with the university
Councilmen finalized the City of Statesboro’s share of a deal to partner with Georgia Southern University for a possible expansion of the downtown City Campus and Entrepreneur Zone, E-Zone, during a meeting held Tuesday at City Hall. Council voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a planned fabrication and business incubation center that would be added to the university’s current location on East Main Street. The agreed-upon memorandum sets terms for a partnership between the city and university, if the pair are awarded a nearly $1 million grant to be issued by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Georgia Southern Stadium Renovations Underway
Courtney Lyle
STATESBORO, GA–Wednesday renovations will officially begin at Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern University. The school is adding 6,200 seats to the stadium and a 50,000-square-foot Football Operations Center. “[These] projects represent the initial steps in our journey into the Football Bowl Subdivision,” said Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein. “As Georgia Southern continues to grow, it is important that our athletics facilities reflect the same commitment the University has demonstrated.”

Schulz honored by ACCG
Staff Reports
ATLANTA The Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia recently recognized more than 50 county officials for completing one of several commissioners’ training programs. Newton County Commissioner Nancy Schulz was among those recognized, receiving the Silver Standard of Excellence certificate. The Standard of Excellence Program recognizes continuing education hours above and beyond the completion of two other training programs. The Silver Standard of Excellence represents completion of 100 hours of continuing education. …ACCG and the Vinson Institute have been providing leadership development and training certification programs for county commissioners and county staff members for more than two decades.

Investigators link poultry contamination on farm and at processing plant
by Staff Writers
Researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens, have identified a strong link between the prevalence and load of certain food-borne pathogens on poultry farms, and later downstream at the processing plant. They report their findings in a manuscript published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. “This study suggests that reducing foodborne pathogen loads on broiler chicken farms would help to reduce pathogen loads at processing, and may ultimately help to reduce the risk of foodborne illness,” says Roy Berghaus, an author on the study.
Georgia Tech Developed Gun Technology May Bring Irish Company to U.S.
By Chip Rogers
TriggerSmart, an Irish company selling smart-gun technology developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute, is considering a move to the United States. The smart gun technology was developed at the GTRI location in Athlone, Ireland. TriggerSmart has patented the technology to create a user-unique childproof radio frequency identification (RFID), which prevents any unauthorized person from firing the weapon.
KSU: Georgia manufacturing pace slows
Jacques Couret
Senior Online Editor-Atlanta Business Chronicle
The pace of Georgia’s manufacturing growth slowed a bit in May, according to the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business. Georgia’s May PMI of 53.8 is less than a point lower than its six-month average of 54.4, which is in line with its longer term trend, said Don Sabbarese, director of the Econometric Center and professor of economics at Kennesaw State.

SunTrust makes $1M contribution to Operation HOPE partnership program
Ruchika Tulshyan
Staff Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle
SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) announced Tuesday it will make a $1 million cash contribution to a new program in partnership with Operation HOPE. The new HOPE Inside program will add Operation HOPE financial counselors to select Atlanta and Memphis, Tenn., SunTrust branches to promote financial well-being.
Susan Percy
The only time I ever fired a gun was at a police shooting range, doing some re-search for a story I was working on. It was a .38, and it was heavy. That was the surprise. All my gun information had come from TV shows that made firing a gun look simple and effortless. I expected the gun to weigh about the same as a cup of coffee. I was wrong. …As fascinating as it was to follow the General Assembly’s gun debate, it was a great personal relief that the 2013 session ended without passage of the sweeping legislation that would have greatly expanded the list of places in Georgia where guns could be carried. …The sticking point was guns on public college campuses, and the heroes were the members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Chancellor Hank Huckaby and the presidents of all 31 public colleges and universities, who came out forcefully against concealed guns on college campuses. The head of the Technical College System of Georgia, Ron Jackson, also lent his support to defeating the bill.
Bill Crane
In November 1895, the presidents of nearly a dozen of the South’s leading colleges huddled in the Georgia Tech chapel to form what would become the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), now one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the federal government. Following a merger in 2006, the K-12 division of SACS became part of Alpharetta-based AdvancED, which accredits more than 32,000 institutions in 71 countries, representing in excess of 20 million students worldwide. Accreditation was intended as a mark of distinction and achievement, as well as recognition that a school, school system, college or university meets or exceeds performance criteria, benchmarks and standards, all advancing student achievement. In the United States, accreditation is completely voluntary, and all accrediting agencies are invited to review and accredit by the school system or institution seeking that accreditation. In Georgia, in addition to SACS, the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC), based at the University of Georgia, accredits several hundred elementary, middle and high schools. Although a GAC accreditation is only fully recognized by other institutions within Georgia, a SACS accreditation is recognized almost universally in all 50 states, as well as abroad.
Atlanta to be No. 33 most competitive city in world by 2025
Jacques Couret
Senior Online Editor-Atlanta Business Chronicle
Atlanta will be among the most globally competitive cities in the future, according to new Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Hot Spots 2025: Benchmarking the Future Competitiveness of Cities” report commissioned by Citi.
Atlanta is projected to be the No. 33 most competitive city in the world in 2025 and No. 9 most competitive in the United States in 2025. Its global ranking is up nine spots from 2012.
Patty Rasmussen
Alan Dabbiere, chairman of AirWatch, an Atlanta-based mobile device management (MDM) software company, is spreading the word that Georgia is a great place to build or relocate a technology company. He speaks with authority because he’s done both. “I think [Atlanta’s] an even better place today than when I grew Manhattan Associates from 100 to 1,200 employees in a little over two years,” he says. …TAG is developing a public awareness campaign letting people know Georgia has what tech companies are looking for. Dabbiere is using his bully pulpit to help get that message across, rattling off three reasons he chose to locate both his businesses in Atlanta. “I wanted to be in the Eastern time zone,” he says. “There was a great pool of talent, especially with Georgia Tech, and the airport and the ability to get people traveling to anywhere.” With the infusion of outside capital, AirWatch is poised to grow even more.
The MOOC Synthesizer
By Scott McLemee
Two recent interventions in the ongoing conversation about massive open online courses (MOOCs) strike me as provocative, in very different ways – and also as curiously neglected, given the interest of what the authors have to say. Perhaps it is a sign of fatigue with the subject? Maybe, but the two articles in question, published a little over a month ago, take up the MOOC question in ways that haven’t previously come to the fore.
MOOC Pre-History
By Joshua Kim
The following is a guest post written by Randy Riddle, Academic Technology Consultant at Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology.
On May 19, 1962, the New York Times, in a feature article, congratulated a housewife and mother of two for completing a Bachelor of Science of Arts degree from New York University. That might not seem significant, but Mrs. Cora Gay Carr earned 54 of the 128 credits required for her degree not in an NYU classroom, but by watching television. Carr was one of thousands of students between 1957 and 1982 that earned college credit by watching “Sunrise Semester”, an early morning television program that was a cooperative effort by NYU and CBS television. …NYU’s effort is nearly forgotten today except for some Baby Boomers that might have caught a glimpse of the lectures at 6:00 am on their local station just before “Captain Kangaroo”. But “Sunrise Semester” can be seen as a kind of primitive form of a massive online open course (MOOC) – a series of programmed lectures with supplementary materials taught by top educators that can be viewed for free or, with exams and a fee, taken for college credit.
Why Texting Patients Works: The Health Belief Model5 Responses
Rosa L. Arriaga, PhD is the director of pediatric research at the Health Systems Institute, a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary initiative based at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
With the rise of cell phone usage, smart and otherwise, many health care providers, researchers and entrepreneurs alike have assumed that this ubiquitous technology can be used to improve health and wellbeing. Entrepreneurs have led the charge and so the common catch phrase “there’s an app for that” underscores the fact that nearly 17, 000 health related apps are available either for free or a small charge for Android or Apple users. Young people in the US are perhaps the best targets of our mhealth efforts because they are eager users of mobile technology. …In a series of studies, we found that simply responding to text messages over a 3-month period led to improved quality of life and pulmonary function in pediatric asthma patients.

Education News
Students can now ‘test out’ of high school courses with credit
Georgia students can “test out” of up to three high school courses next year under a new state rule. But the new rules issued by the Georgia Department of Education don’t make it easy for students who want to get credit without taking a course. Under the new rule, students can get credit for a course by taking the state End of Course Test, but making a passing grade won’t be enough. In order to test out, a student’s score must fall into the “exceeds standards” range. …Students who test out of courses will be able to take other courses they are interested in, explore dual enrollment in college, or move on a little earlier to begin taking college courses, according to Price.
Remediation If You Want It
By Paul Fain
Community college students in Florida will soon be able to decide to skip remediation and enroll directly in credit-bearing courses, even if college advisers or placement tests say they have remedial needs. And recent high school graduates in the state won’t even need to take placement tests, because they will be deemed college-ready by holding a high school diploma. The shifts in Florida’s remedial education policies are part of a broad bill the state’s Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Scott signed into law last month. The legislation will have major ramifications for students at Florida’s 28 two-year colleges, and perhaps beyond.
Hutchison: Governments Should Invest in Higher Education
by Uriel J. Garcia, Associated Press
DALLAS — Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison called for more funding for research universities on Tuesday amid a debate over whether higher education budgets should be cut. The Republican said federal and state governments should make research universities a priority, calling government funding “the seed corn” for development. “The federal government is retreating, but they’ve got to set the priorities,” Hutchison said at an event for business and civic leaders at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She added that if state support for higher education declined further, “pretty soon we’re not going to be able to call them public universities.”
President Gee’s Last Gaffe
By Kevin Kiley
July 1, 2013 will be a momentous day in higher education. It will be the first day since 1981 that E. Gordon Gee will not be a university president. Gee, one of the country’s most prominent higher education leaders, a six-time university chief and current president of Ohio State University, announced Tuesday that he would retire as president at the end of the month, likely bringing to an end a long career in higher education management.
Minn. Program Will Offer a Tuition Break Based on Scores on a Standardized Test
By Dan Berrett
Students at a Minnesota college will be able to get their junior-year tuition at a partner university reduced for scoring well on a standardized test of critical thinking, as part of an effort to bolster academic quality and fight grade inflation. “Teaching and learning is what this whole project is about,” said Paul Carney, an instructor of English at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, in Fergus Falls, and director of the new effort, which is called Up2U. “Our expectation is that Up2U will increase rigor and completion.”
Webinar Takes Aim at Combating Campus Sexual Assaults
by Marsha Gilbert
With one out of five female college students and one in 33 male college students suffering rape during their academic career and only 10 percent of those sexual assaults getting reported, according to the National Institute of Justice, two firms are working to discourage the number of attacks and increase the likelihood of reporting these crimes. The Freeh Group, a global risk management firm, and Pepper Hamilton LLC, a multi-practice national law firm, produced a webinar titled “Investigating and Resolving Sexual Assaults on Campus.” The one-hour-long web presentation is available online.
How To Provide Open Access?
By Ry Rivard
Scholarly publishers want to keep hosting taxpayer-funded research that will soon be made public free of charge. The publishers unveiled a plan to do so Tuesday by arguing they could save the federal government money. The plan also allows publishers to keep at least a piece of a pie they now own. Research universities are also planning to unveil their own system in coming weeks that would have them, not publishers, as the main hosts of open-access research funded by about 15 federal agencies.

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