UGA jumps into digital summer school today
By LEE SHEARER
The University of Georgia’s launch of 36 new online summer school courses appears to be a success. About 1,100 students had signed up to take the summer courses as of Wednesday, said Kris Biesinger, acting director of UGA’s new Office of Online Learning. Classes begin today for both the digital courses and the University of Georgia’s regular summer school. UGA administrators asked professors last year to submit proposals for summer courses, hoping the courses might boost summer school enrollment, which has slumped recently, and help some students graduate faster. The courses will count just like any other UGA course, and the tuition students pay is the same as for classroom instruction in Athens.
Georgia Tech Facing Changes
By Ellen Reinhardt
Georgia Tech President Dr. Bud Peterson is launching his 5th annual summer tour of the state this month. He will travel through several cities from June 8th to the 11th. In addition to Sea Island, he will stop in Brunswick, Savannah, Statesboro, Lake Oconee, Athens and Lake Lanier. Peterson and his wife, Valerie H. Peterson, initiated the tour four years ago to provide an opportunity to meet face to face with alumni, students, state leaders and other friends to share updates on Georgia Tech and listen to questions and concerns. Georgia Tech is facing a lot of changes. Higher education is turning more students to online learning with Massively Open Online Courses called MOOCs. Georgia Tech is seeing worldwide growth in its MOOCs .
GGC class project inspires students to fight child sex exploitation
LAWRENCEVILLE — Inspired and concerned by what they learned through a class project, a group of Georgia Gwinnett College students donated their time to make a change in their community and the lives of others by joining the fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children. The students were in a global business class taught by Spero Peppas, professor of marketing and international business. This class reviews business practices around the world even unethical practices. “Students must understand that ethics is culture bound, and each nation has its own laws,” Peppas said. “This awareness is important if one is to work in the international arena.”
Paulson Stadium Breaks Ground on Expansion Project
By WSAV Staff
Georgia Southern University leaders broke ground Wednesday morning in the east end zone of Allen E. Paulson Stadium for the $10 million Football Operations Center (FOC) and the construction of an additional 6,200 seats. The projects come as the Eagles move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2014 and begin playing in the Sun Belt Conference.
Georgia Southern breaks ground on renovations
Georgia Tech researchers test drones at Benning battle lab
By BEN WRIGHT
Loaded with special sensors and other gadgets, a small Piper Cub aircraft flew on auto pilot shortly after it took off Wednesday from a dirt strip at the McKenna Urban Operations Complex. Georgia Tech Research Institute teamed up with Fort Benning’s Maneuver Battle Lab this week to test the ability of the unmanned aircraft to perform tasks that may help reconnaissance missions for brigade units. Three other miniature Piper Cubs and a drone-type aircraft called the Boomer UAS were used as part of the tests on post.
Drones over Georgia
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Georgia Tech trio hack Apple devices with USB charger
By Christopher Seward
Computer security researchers at Georgia Tech say they can bypass security features that protect Apple devices from viruses and other malware by using a “malicious charger.” Chengyu Song, Yeongjin Jang and Billy Lau and plan to show attendees at next month’s Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas how they managed to hack into the Apple devices in less than a minute. In a preview on the Black Hat website, the trio calls their findings “alarming.”
FYI: How Do Mosquitoes Survive Rainstorms?
Raindrops are to mosquitoes what falling VW Beetles would be to humans. Yet incredibly–maddeningly–mosquitoes survive rainstorms all the time. How?
By Meghan Cetera
Imagine you are walking through a park and suddenly thousands of Volkswagen Beetles start falling from the sky. They are falling at a speed that is five times as fast as you can run, so dodging them is not an option. Game over for you, right? Not if you’re a mosquito. Sure, a raindrop is to the pesky insect what a Volkswagen would be to us, but mosquitoes have some natural advantages in this scenario that humans don’t. The secret to a mosquito’s survival during a rainstorm isn’t due to any fancy maneuvers or midair acrobatics. It is a combination of their low mass, hydrophobic wings, and go-with-the-flow mentality, according to David Hu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Hu has researched mosquitoes’ flight behavior in rainy conditions to better understand the limits of micro-airborne vehicles (MAVs).
Nearby: Labor Commissioner Tells Leaders Construction and Jobs Show Signs of Stronger Economy
Mark Butler spoke at a Rotary Club luncheon, Monday. Covering many points, he said employers are hiring more part-time workers to get around the health care law, and can be reluctant to hire a person who has been unemployed for too long.
By Adrianne Murchison
Construction crews in midtown and the rest of metro Atlanta are in indicator of an improving economy, said Mark Butler, Georgia Labor Commissioner, on Monday. “Surprisingly the condo market in midtown Atlanta has gotten really tight,” he said. “That stuff is just almost flying off the shelves. Now that is happening a whole lot quicker than I think a lot folks anticipated, which his good. Can it be sustained? Let’s hope so.”
Georgia Southern University Expanding
By Chip Rogers
The Statesboro City Council has approved a plan to partner with Georgia Southern University in expanding the school’s campus in downtown. The agreement hinges on the awarding of a $1 million joint grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to the city and school for rehabilitating buildings in the downtown section of Statesboro. …Business incubation facilities are designed to promote economic growth, offering programs that support the development of entrepreneurial companies through access to various resources and services.
Do We Meet Our Students’ Expectations?
By Peter DeWitt
The best way for students to get real world experience is to be in the real-world. Student Engagement has been a popular issue to debate over the years. There are arguments on many sides. We have teachers, parents and researchers who believe in a strong teacher-driven approach and others who believe education needs to be student-centered. There are also those who believe it needs to be a combination of both. But…that’s what the adults in the school system believe. What about our students?
Is ROI The Best Measure of Your College Education?
By Janet Al-Saad | TheStreet.com
NEW YORK (MainStreet)—It’s that time of year again: with graduation season winding down, the debate over the value of a college education is again gaining momentum. In his recent book, Is College Worth It? (Thomas Nelson, 2013), former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett is the latest to argue that for many, an investment in a college education may not offer the sort of ROI they’d anticipated. In fact, the book goes on to list several schools with a net negative ROI — where the investment leaves you worse off than a high school graduate even after 30 plus years of career earnings. . . . Bennett’s book takes this methodology a step further, though, by assuming that for most students, ultra-elite institutions such as Harvard and CalTech are inaccessible. Instead, he focuses his revised ROI rankings on the schools that offer the best returns for most students. Specialty engineering schools, maritime institutions, and the like are also excluded, focusing instead on colleges costing under $125,000 for four years, but producing a lifetime premium of over $300,000. Unsurprisingly, this list reads like a ranking of top state schools, with colleges like Georgia Tech, UVA, and UCSD leading the pack. At top-ranked Georgia Tech, Bennett argues the four-year price tag of approximately $82,000 yields an impressive 30-year ROI of over $800,000.
How a College Education Can Close the Income Gap
By MARK THOMA, The Fiscal Times
Whenever the problem of stagnating working class incomes and growing inequality is raised, a call for improved education to level the playing field is sure to follow. If we equalize opportunity, we are told, giving everyone a decent chance of success, outcomes will improve and any remaining inequality will be justified by differences in merit. There will be no need to use income redistribution – higher taxes on the wealthy and more transfers to those at the lower end of the income distribution – to make up for inequities in opportunity. Of course, even if we set aside the fact that unequal outcomes are driven in part by factors such as differences in economic and political power, market failures that advantage some people over others, and the legacy of past inequities, that is, even if we assume that inequality is solely due to differences in individual merit, equalizing opportunity is impossible.
Episode 107: The Answers Colleges Should Be Prepared to Give
By Jeffrey R. Young
In his new book, College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Chronicle’s editor at large, argues that parents and prospective students should ask tougher questions about the quality of teaching and student services when picking a college, and he suggests that colleges are not being responsive enough to today’s changing students. In this episode, he talks with the Tech Therapy team about what his advice means for college administrators and professors.
Strategy Session in a Box
By Margaret Andrews
What is a college or university to do to survive and thrive in this new era of higher education?
There was a great article, “We’re All To Blame For MOOCs,” in the Chronicle Review yesterday – pointing out how so many institutions of higher education are susceptible to becoming obsolete as MOOCs take hold. From the article:
Does Your Campus Have A Social-Media Policy?
By George Williams
Even before evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller hit “send” on his idiotic Tweet, I’d been thinking about asking people what kind of social media policy might be in place on their campus. I (quite literally) just did a quick search on the site for the University of South Carolina Upstate, where I work, and found these : “Getting Started with Social Media“ “Social Media Policy and Procedure Guidelines” (PDF)
That first link is a page of advice; the second specifies what is and is not allowed by the university and includes this paragraph:
Competence, Technology, and Their Discontents
By Clifford Adelman
In every spring, it seems, higher education finds something attractive in the flower pollen. This year, it is the discovery of competence as superior to course credits, and in an embrace of that notion in ways suitable to the age and its digital environments This may be all well and good for the enterprise, as long as we acknowledge its history and key relationships over many springs.
How the South will rise again
BY JOEL KOTKIN
The common media view of the South is as a regressive region, full of overweight, prejudiced, exploited and undereducated people. Yet even as the old Confederacy’s political banner fades, its long-term economic prospects shine bright. For one thing, Americans continue to head south attracting the most domestic migrants of any U.S. region. Last year, six of the top eight states in terms of net domestic migration were from the old Confederacy — Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. The top four losers were deep blue New York, Illinois, New Jersey and California. …A portent of the future can be seen in new investment from U.S.-based and foreign companies. Last year, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina were four of the six leading sites for new corporate facilities. In the long run, some critics suggest that the region’s historically lower education levels limit its ascendancy. Every state in the Southeast falls below the national average of the percentage of residents aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree. Yet this education gap is shrinking, particularly in the South’s growing metropolitan areas.
Obama Unveils Proposal to Overhaul Federal E-rate Program
By Sean Cavanagh
President Obama is expected on Thursday to call for an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program, a step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see as schools’ badly out-of-date technological capabilities. The administration will ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling and increasing funding through the program, which is derived from telecommunications fees, with the goal of giving 99 percent of the nation’s schools access to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet access within five years.
Ask the Experts: Should Small Business Owners Seek Venture Capital Financing?
by Odysseas Papadimitriou
The Great Recession has reinvigorated America’s entrepreneurial spirit. As the job market soured during the housing market crisis and ensuing economic swoon, business creation rates soared to record heights. . . . We conducted a little survey of CEOs and professors of entrepreneurship about the pros and cons of dipping one’s small business feet into the venture capitalist pool. And here’s what they had to say on the matter. Why an Entrepreneur Should Take VC Money: “To scale more quickly and to access expertise that investors can provide in growing the company and getting it ready for an exit event such as a sale or IPO. If you want a small piece of a big pie, go VC.” – Terry Blum, Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship
The Way to Run College Sports
By JOE NOCERA
So, are you convinced yet? Do you need any more proof that college presidents are not qualified to run a major entertainment industry like college football and men’s basketball? That whatever their academic and fund-raising skills, they are in over their heads whenever they involve themselves in the $6 billion-and-counting business that big-time college sports has become? Besides, don’t they have other things to do? A few weeks ago, I broached this idea in a column about Holden Thorp, who is leaving the sports-obsessed University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Washington University in St. Louis, where athletics don’t matter much at all. He was visibly relieved. His tenure as North Carolina’s chancellor had been marked by a long-running football scandal that, as he himself acknowledged, his academic background left him ill-equipped to deal with.
Nation’s Graduation Rate Nears a Milestone
By Christopher B. Swanson and Sterling C. Lloyd
At the beginning of the last decade, before concerns about the nation’s graduation rate ascended to prominence on the policy agenda, only about two-thirds of U.S. public school students were finishing high school with a regular diploma. A new analysis from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center finds that the graduation rate for America’s public schools stands just shy of 75 percent for the class of 2010, the most recent year for which data are available. The graduation rate, which has risen nearly 2 full percentage points from the previous year and 8 points in the past decade, has reached its highest point since 1973. At the current pace of improvement, the portion of students earning a diploma could surpass the historical high of 77.1 percent within the next few years.
The Hot New M.B.A.: Supply-Chain Management
More Schools Are Ramping Up Their Programs, Adding Majors and Concentrations as Employer Demand Grows
By MELISSA KORN
Call it a problem of supply and demand. With global operations becoming more complex, companies in manufacturing, retail and technology—and the consulting firms that service them—are scrambling to hire people with supply-chain expertise. But these experts are hard to come by. Sensing growing demand, more than a half-dozen universities have recently introduced undergraduate majors, M.B.A. concentrations and even entire degree programs dedicated to procurement, inventory management and global supply-chain strategy.
Internships Are Increasingly the Route to Winning a Job
More Industries Pick From the Summer Talent, Raising the Stakes
By Melissa Korn
Internship season is under way, and unless business students are already spending the summer with their dream employer, a full-time offer may be out of reach. Banks and consulting firms have long funneled interns into full-time roles, but companies in other industries are increasingly turning to summer M.B.A. talent when they’re ready to make permanent hires, with some locking in candidates nearly a year ahead of their start date. At many schools, it isn’t uncommon for one-third to a half of M.B.A. students to work for their summer employer after graduation, and administrators say that figure—which had dipped during the recession—is still on the rise. The trend suggests optimism on employers’ parts, but it also raises the stakes for students, who begin the summer recruiting process almost as soon as they arrive on campus.
Risk of Student-Aid Fraud Is on the Rise, Education Dept.’s Inspector General Says
By Kelly Field
The number of student-aid recipients potentially defrauding the federal government increased by 82 percent from 2009 to 2012, to more than 34,000 students, according to a risk analysis released on Wednesday by the Education Department’s Office of Inspector General. In its semiannual report to Congress, the inspector general’s office estimates that some 85,000 students may have participated in fraud rings during that time period, at a potential cost to taxpayers of some $187-million. It recommends that the Education Department follow through on a recommendation the office made in 2011 for the department to update its system to flag potential participants in fraud rings and help colleges detect and prevent fraud.
More Public Colleges Opt for Closed Searches
By Sydni Dunn
In their searches for their institutions’ next leaders, governing boards at public colleges have the task of both attracting the best candidates and keeping the public in the know. And that can often be a game of tug-of-war. College leaders and trustees say confidentiality is key because open searches deter quality candidates. Many faculty, students, and others who are open-government advocates say that it’s their democratic right to be part of the process and that openness inspires confidence in the choice of leader. The debate over the presidential search process is re-emerging in many states.
Tipping the Cap
By Kevin Kiley
The new reward for high-achieving Colorado high school students is that they get to go to college twice. At least on paper, that is. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Wednesday a bill that creates a new class of merit scholarship for Colorado residents who achieve certain criteria, such as a high grade point average or high school class rank. The bill allows universities that enroll these “Colorado Scholars” to count them as two in-state students when calculating the ratio of in-state to out-of-state students, effectively giving institutions a way to enroll a larger proportion of out-of-state students without violating the statutorily mandated cap on non-resident students, which is already among the highest in the country.
Banned From Blogging
By Scott Jaschik
Students say plenty online that their professors might find unprofessional, offensive or irresponsible. And in most cases, if students are at a public institution and they are using social media platforms that aren’t connected to their colleges, the First Amendment protects those Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. But a new federal appeals court ruling is part of a trend in which courts are permitting limits on students’ social media use (and punishment for violations) in fields in which part of the instruction is training in professional ethics (especially in the health professions) that include confidentiality obligations.
College Presidents’ Role in Sports Being Reassessed
by Aaron Beard, Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Holden Thorp is packing up after nearly five years as chancellor at the University of North Carolina, preparing for his next job as provost at Washington University in St. Louis. It’s no accident he’s leaving a school that regularly plays for national titles at the NCAA’s highest level to one that competes at its lowest. Thorp’s done with big-time college sports, and if he had his way, other school presidents would be finished with them, too. Many leaders just don’t have the training to handle a major athletics program, he argues. It’s a message that may resonate with administrators at institutions that have lately felt the sting of scandals tied to athletics.
Breaking With Norms, New Chief Lawyer at Rutgers U. Enters Fray
By Jack Stripling
Rutgers University’s new top lawyer has entered a burgeoning campus controversy in a manner unusual for a person in his position. In a guest column published this week in The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., John J. Farmer Jr., the university’s senior vice president and general counsel, rushed to the defense of Julie Hermann, whose recent appointment as athletics director at Rutgers has been the subject of intense criticism. Ms. Hermann has been dogged by allegations from former women’s volleyball players at the University of Tennessee, who say she was cruel and tyrannical when she coached them 16 years ago.
U.S. Agency Backs Away From Penalties in Controversial Study Involving Infants
By Paul Basken
Federal research-ethics regulators have retreated from their consideration of punitive action over a medical trial at 23 universities in which premature babies faced potentially lethal oxygen levels, saying government rules may have been unclear. The federal Office for Human Research Protections, in a letter to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the lead institution in the “Support” study, cited a series of problems with the research project, including the failure to properly notify parents of the risks that infants enrolled in the study might face.
Watchdog Halts Action on Researchers
Countries Seek Entrepreneurs From Silicon Valley
By SOMINI SENGUPTA
SAN FRANCISCO — A bold new billboard looms over U.S. 101, the highway that runs through the heart of the global technology industry. “H-1b problems?” it reads. “Pivot to Canada.” That sassy invitation is directed at the thousands of foreigners having trouble getting temporary visas, known as H-1b’s, to work in the United States. Canada’s new so-called start-up visa offers them the prospect of permanent residency and with it, the country’s relatively low business taxes and public health insurance. Canada is not alone in reaching out to foreign entrepreneurs. In a bid to create their own versions of Silicon Valley, Britain and Australia have dangled start-up visas like this too.
New NRA-backed Kansas law seeks to limit lobbying
By JOHN HANNA
The Associated Press
TOPEKA, Kan. — Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the country, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues. While it’s not clear how the law would be enforced considering it includes no penalties for violators, critics argue the measure threatens to stifle debate and give the state government far more control over a local government’s message. For instance, would university presidents — now confronted with a new Kansas law to allow concealed-carry weapons on campuses — be able to travel on university time and salary to argue against the rule? Or, could a government agency even print a pamphlet about gun safety without running afoul of the law?