USG e-clips from April 15, 2015

University System News:
Regents hire Chris Markwood as Columbus State’s new president
Columbus State University has a new president. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents, during its meeting Wednesday, unanimously voted to hire Chris Markwood, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He will assume the new position June 1, the board announced in a news release. Markwood will be CSU’s fifth president in the institution’s 57-year history, replacing Tim Mescon, who retired Dec. 31.
Tuition hikes coming for Georgia’s public colleges, universities
By Janel Davis – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Students at all of Georgia’s 30 public colleges and universities will pay more in tuition next fall under a plan approved Tuesday by the state’s board of regents. Tuition will increase by 9 percent at two of the state’s largest schools, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, and 2.5 percent at 20 other schools in the University System. Rates at the remaining 8 intuitions will rise between 3 percent and 9 percent.

Georgia University System Approves Tuition Hikes
Tuition will go up again for Georgia’s public colleges and universities starting this fall. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the increases Tuesday. Students at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia will pay 9 percent more in tuition, or about $400 per semester. Tuition at Georgia Regents in Augusta and Georgia State will rise by 5.5 percent. Most other schools will see a 2.5 percent increase.
Tuition to rise significantly for Georgia Gwinnett College, UGA, Ga. Tech
By Keith Farner
Education leaders in Georgia call it an investment, and this year students and families paying for college across the state will notice a significant rise in tuition costs. At a meeting on Tuesday at Georgia Gwinnett College, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved tuition rates for the 2015-16 school year. For Georgia Gwinnett College, rates are going up 8.3 percent, while the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech will each increase tuition by nine percent. Georgia State University’s tuition is going up 5.5 percent, while Georgia College and State University rate is going up three percent. It’s the second straight year Georgia Tech’s tuition is rising by nine percent. Twenty colleges and universities in the state will have a 2.5 percent tuition increase.
Tuition going up 5% at UNG, 8.3% at Georgia Gwinnett
By Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Tuition is going up for Georgia students the state’s 30 public colleges and universities. …Students at six other schools will see increases ranging from 3 to 9 percent. The rate at the University of North Georgia will increase five percent,while at Georgia Gwinnet College, the increase will be 8.3 percent.
Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools
Georgia Southern to increase by $64 per semester
ATLANTA — Students at Georgia’s public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. The majority of state-operated schools, including Georgia Southern University, will see a 2.5 percent increase for the fourth year in a row. Statewide, the Board of Regents of University System of Georgia has approved tuition increases each year since at least 2002.
GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent
Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year. According to GPC officials, the college’s student costs will be at the lowest level in the USG, with an in-state student taking 15 credit hours seeing a per-semester increase of $33.
Georgia college tuition goes up again
LAWRENCEVILLE — Parents and students will be paying $80 million in higher tuition next year in the state’s public schools governed by the University System of Georgia after the Board of Regents voted Tuesday for the hike. Tuition at the average school would rise 2.5 percent. At the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech it would jump 9 percent because there is so much more demand, according to Vice Chancellor John Brown. Tech gets nine applicants for every student admitted. UGA gets four for each admission. Tuition at Georgia Regents University and Georgia State University will rise 5.5 percent. Fees system wide will also rise an average of 3 percent. College of Coastal Georgia is adding a mandatory dining fee for its commuter students.

Also by Walter Jones:
Georgia hikes college tuition

Tuition to rise 9 percent at UGA next year
Higher education: Kennesaw State University’s tuition to increase by 4.4 percent starting in August–Kennesaw-State-University-s-tuition-to-increase-by-4-4-percent-starting-in-August?instance=lead_story_left_column
by Philip Clements
KENNESAW — Tuition at Kennesaw State University is set to increase 4.4 percent in August after the Georgia Board of Regents approved statewide increases on Tuesday. This is the fourth year the majority of institutions in the University System of Georgia saw an increase of 2.5 percent. For 10 colleges and universities, however, there are varying levels of increase above 2.5 percent, according to the Board of Regents.
Tuition increases at Middle Georgia colleges
The University System of Georgia announced Tuesday that its colleges will see a tuition rate increase for the 2015-16 academic year. Most schools will see an increase of 2.5 percent, but 10 schools will see a varying increase to cater to the “specific needs” of that college or university, according to a press release. Among those 10 are Georgia College & State University, which will see a 3 percent increase, and Middle Georgia State University, which will see the highest increase at 9 percent. “To ensure we can continue to offer quality public higher education, we must continue to invest in our institutions,” Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a statement. “We have carefully assessed the tuition rates for our institutions to make sure we are balancing the increasing costs of providing public higher education while keeping tuition and fees as affordable as possible.”
Rants, Raves & Really?!?
A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: …RAVE: Our local university – the University of West Georgia, that is – contributed more than $455 million to the west Georgia regional economy in 2013, according to a recent report. UWG, which will soon open a major campus in downtown Newnan, not only helps the economy, but provides an excellent education for students.
The growth of digital entertainment and media
By Asante Bradford
Georgia has become a magnet for entertainment activity. Film and television productions created close to $5.1 billion in economic impact in fiscal year 14 Yet film and TV are not the only entertainment sectors thriving here. Digital entertainment encompasses the creation and distribution of software, games, digital apps, music and even advanced concepts such as augmented reality, virtual reality and motion capture. …There are key strengths digital entertainment companies continue to take advantage of in Georgia. These same factors will also support the digital entertainment boom in the future. The ability to directly access creative, fresh talent from our universities and technical colleges is essential for digital entertainment companies and the industry’s future in Georgia. Nearly 20 colleges and universities offer interactive design career paths and thousands of students are engaged in interactive design classes or video game programs. Last month, the Princeton Review ranked SCAD and the Georgia Institute of Technology in the top 25 for graduate and undergraduate programs in Game Design in 2015. The University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia produce more than 75,000 graduates each year.
Regents OK turbines at Skidaway
LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Power Co. won permission Tuesday from the Board of Regents’ Real Estate Committee to erect a weather tower and four turbines on 6 acres of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography as part of an experiment on coastal wind. Georgia Power is working with Georgia Southern University to study the availability of wind on the coast for generating electricity. It will also examine the impact of the turbines on birds and the feasibility of using what are considered small turbines, less than 10 kilowatt each.
Ga. DACA Students File Supreme Court Appeal Over In-State Tuition
A group of undocumented students has filed an appeal this week with the Georgia Supreme Court, challenging Georgia’s in-state tuition policy after losing their case in lower courts. In 2010, the Board of Regents adopted a policy that requires students to be “lawfully present” in Georgia to receive in-state tuition. A spokesman for the Board of Regents said in an email the policy was adopted to mirror a new state law. But under President Barack Obama’s deferred action program for childhood arrivals, or DACA, the students argue they are now lawfully present.

USG Institutions:
Part-time college instructors rally for work improvements
By Janel Davis – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Part-time instructors at one Georgia college are advocating for better pay, support and even permanent jobs for a class of professionals that has become a low-cost employment option for many colleges and universities. Today members of Kennesaw State University’s part-time faculty council plan an awareness day on campus, modeled after an event in February at campuses across the nation. The awareness day comes as the number of part-time instructors on campuses has risen nationally. For years, colleges and universities, like those in Georgia, have relied on these contract workers to keep costs low and balance declining budgets. Now, those workers are organizing to push for higher wages and long-term contracts.
Top College Majors that Produce Billionaires
Engineering and economics are among the fields that produce many of the world’s richest people
By Andy Gotlieb
The number of billionaires worldwide reached a new high in 2014 – 2,325, according to the Wealth X and USB Billionaire Census 2014. And those 2,325 people enjoyed a combined net wealth of $7.3 trillion, so it’s clearly good to be a billionaire. But what (and where) did those billionaires study in college? … Many billionaires were engineering majors, including Google co-founder Larry Page and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, according to Vista College … The top schools for engineering in the U.S. News and World Report rankings include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California – Berkeley, California Institute of Technology and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Azziz To Deliver Final State of the Enterprise Address
By WJBF Staff
Augusta, GA – Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President of Georgia Regents University and CEO of Georgia Regents Health System, will deliver his final State of the Enterprise Address at noon Wednesday, April 22, in the Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditorium in the GRU Auditoria Center on the Health Sciences campus. Azziz announced earlier this year that he would step down June 30th.
All Campus’ two new university partners are its biggest yet
Submitted by Stefanie Botelho
Online degrees have surged in popularity recently, and it isn’t just through for-profit colleges or Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). Traditional universities from Yale to Georgia Tech have flipped classroom based learning into computer based learning at higher rates than ever before.
Rolling Stones will help Georgia Tech’s budget
Andrea Adelson
Do you know who will get the most satisfaction out of the Rolling Stones performing at Bobby Dodd Stadium in June? Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski. Concerts at the historic stadium are pretty rare, but in this case, the athletic department saw inviting the Rolling Stones as an outside-the-box way to generate revenue to help cover the full cost of attendance. In total, Bobinski said covering cost of attendance will add an extra $500,000 to the school’s athletic department budget. He said Georgia Tech is expected to receive at least half that amount from the concert.
Albany State changes tuition rates for out of state students
by FOX 31 News Team
Some out-of-state students won’t have to dig as deep into their pockets to pay for tuition at Albany State University. A new University System of Georgia policy allows the school to waive out-of state tuition for qualified students from those three states. The school has initiated its “Come On Over” campaign; a campaign that will allow students from Florida, Alabama and South Carolina to take advantage of paying in-state tuition starting this Fall semester.
Too Rude for Tenure?
By Colleen Flaherty
Under threat of termination, Victoria McCard — the University of North Georgia Spanish professor who was pegged for termination following a verbal altercation with a visiting lecturer that triggered a larger investigation into her behavior — has settled with the institution. She gets $40,000 and all claims against her dropped, and the university gets her retirement, effective the end of the academic year. Instead of a formal dismissal hearing, the matter was handled quietly with the help of an external mediator.

Higher Education News:
Colleges Turning to Internet for Intel on Applicants
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
As if getting into college wasn’t hard enough, now students have to worry about college admissions officers doing web searches and scanning their social media accounts for information that could possibly influence the decision of whether to accept a particular student into college. At least that’s one of the findings of a survey released this week by Cornerstone Reputation, a Somerville, Massachusetts-based firm that found a growing number of college admissions officers turning to the Internet to verify or information or to learn more about college applicants.
Immigrant Students Fight to Retain the Tuition Benefits That Have Eased Their Paths to College
By Maddy Berner
Each year, roughly 65,000 students who came to the United States illegally graduate from high school, according to the Immigration Policy Center. For such students, finding an affordable path to college can be more difficult than for their American peers, and that path may differ drastically by state. Nineteen states now allow students who meet certain requirements — such as having attended a high school in the state for a number of years — to pay in-state tuition rates instead of higher out-of-state rates, according to the National Immigration Law Center. In seven of those states, such students are eligible for state grant aid. Across the country, the state of college affordability for students who entered the country illegally is in flux.
How one college was cleared in a federal sexual assault case
By Nick Anderson
A growing number of U.S. colleges and universities are under federal investigation for their response to sexual assault reports. In the past year, the total has nearly doubled, from 55 to more than 100. Sometimes, schools are found in violation of federal law against gender discrimination. Often the investigations take more than a year, to the frustration of school officials, who want a rapid verdict. There are cases that take three or four years. The University of Virginia has been under a federal investigation related to sexual violence issues since June 2011. Last week, a different scenario emerged: An investigation was resolved in less than a year. As The Washington Post reported, the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Education Department found insufficient evidence to sustain allegations that Virginia Military Institute mishandled a sexual assault report.
Yale Medical School’s Request to Expand Campus Program Online Is Denied
The Yale University School of Medicine and 2U, an education technology company, have been denied accreditors’ permission to offer a physician assistant master’s degree online as an expansion of an existing campus degree program. Yale’s announcement of the program in March was heralded as evidence that even the nation’s most prestigious universities were moving toward online degrees. It was to be the first to offer the same Ivy League degree from an online program as from the campus version. But as the Yale experience shows, getting a campus degree program online and accredited is not simple.