USG e-clips from April 16, 2015

University System News:
Tuition increases to affect Northeast Georgia students
By Kristen Oliver
Despite the average Georgia college graduate’s $24,517 in student-loan debt, tuition at state colleges and universities is going up in the fall. While the majority of tuition increases at state schools will only be 2.5 percent, students enrolled at Northeast Georgia universities, including the University of Georgia and the University of North Georgia, will see higher increases.
Another year, and raise: State-wide tuition increases for 30 colleges scheduled for 2015-2016 academic year
by Cole Edwards
VSU students might be soon feeling a little pinch in the pocketbook, but they should be happy they don’t go to UGA. VSU is facing a 2.5 percent increase in tuition for the fall semester after the University System of Georgia’s board approved on April 14 a tuition rise for 30 of the state’s colleges and universities. Fortunately, VSU falls on the lower end of the spectrum, as schools like Georgia Tech and UGA see the biggest increase at 9 percent.

USG Institutions:
Texas A&M’s Markwood is new Columbus State Univ. president
Carla Caldwell
Morning Edition Editor-Atlanta Business Chronicle
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents has selected Chris Markwood as the new president at Columbus State University. The appointment was made Wednesday during the 19-member board’s meetings, reports the Ledger-Enquirer.
CSU names new president Wednesday
By Tanita Gaither, Digital Content Director
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus State University and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents have named Dr. Chris Markwood as the fifth president of the university on Wednesday. “Columbus State University is well positioned to continue its trajectory of excellence and growth. My family and I are thrilled to join such a vibrant campus and community at such an exciting time,” Markwood said in a statement online. The USG announced that they confirmed Markwood, who will assume the role on June 1.
Dr. Chris Markwood named next CSU President
By Savannah Kidd
Columbus State University has named Dr. Chris Markwood as its next President, according to the university’s Twitter account. …The university is looking to replace Tim Mescon, who served as president since 2008. Mescon retired at the end of December 2014.
Officials: GRU president vacancy drawing interest from across the country
Morris News Service
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The search for a new president for Georgia Regents University has drawn interest from numerous applicants, University System of Georgia officials said Wednesday. President Ricardo Azziz had announced in January his resignation from the post effective July 1 after about five years on the job. The Board of Regents, meeting at Georgia Gwinnett College, got a brief status report behind closed doors Wednesday. System spokesman Charles Sutlive said there was progress but no decisions yet. Board members say the strong response from across the country demonstrates the attraction of heading a major research university that has the board’s commitment to give it the resources to become one of the top 50 institutions of its kind.
Georgia Aquarium CEO donates $5 million to KSU$5-million-to-KSU?sp-tk=6E8B4A4C92FAE5A0E381FB64CF57BD64E7A7E73BAB117F22D7F8B1890D33371D4B43F2924FA3EAE385E7CA2C1C0F48B0D68B794FBCF667E0180ACE9F78B04DA4DAE1405CE75801DAE6EB86A6158F4E5CD6AD6FB866525F210EE95AC4D1907EADA6E61A5EF5511F64A6D4FC8F4631DEE9086CC0024928FC1EF31039183C1261BB0A7B292042DB8A56085247CFF12E5986D1C6F3A5
by Ellie Harding
Michael Leven, former hospitality industry executive and current president and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium, donated $5 million to name Kennesaw State University’s School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. The donation is the largest contribution from an individual in the university’s 52 years. Leven’s donation will also go toward supporting a faculty chair and offering scholarships for students in the culinary sustainability and hospitality program.
KSU renames culinary/hospitality school for industry veteran Michael Leven
Amy Wenk
Staff Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle
Kennesaw State University will rename its School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality in honor of industry veteran Michael Leven, current chairman and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium. The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the renaming on Wednesday. Leven gifted the university $5 million, the largest single contribution from an individual in KSU’s 52-year history. The money will support the school’s operations, an endowed faculty chair and scholarships for students.
Athens Regional collects another $900k for medical residencies
LAWRENCEVILLE | Athens Regional Health System picked up another $900,000 Wednesday in state aid in creating 102 residencies for newly graduated physicians to practice alongside veteran doctors.
This installment brings the total in state help across Georgia to $2.1 million, for what will be the second-largest number of new residencies being created under the University System of Georgia’s initiative to establish 400 additional residency slots around the state.
Middle Georgia State adds nursing master’s degree
When Middle Georgia State College becomes a university this summer, it will have two master’s degrees. The second, a master of science in nursing with a major in adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, was approved by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents on Wednesday.
UGA professor’s lawsuit dismissed, but another could still go forward
A Fulton County Superior Court judge has dismissed a University of Georgia professor’s lawsuit against state Attorney General Sam Olens and three University of Georgia employees, but Dezso Benedek’s days in court are not yet finished. Benedek and his Athens lawyer, Stephen Humphreys, are still awaiting a decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals that could keep alive a separate lawsuit, filed before the one that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter dismissed last week.

Higher Education News:
How much money did the Georgia Lottery generate for education in the third quarter?
Atlanta Business Chronicle
The Georgia Lottery Corp.’s third-quarter transfers to the Georgia Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account jumped 7 percent to $261.9 million. The transfer was the largest third-quarter transfer in the history of the Georgia Lottery. …All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE.
ACT’s New Model of College and Career Readiness
ACT on Wednesday released a paper that seeks to define workplace readiness. The nonprofit testing firm also called for a new model of college and career readiness that argues that the skills needed in those two areas, while overlapping, are distinct. And measurements of readiness must include both academic and nonacademic skills, the paper said.
Adjunct Professors Demand $15,000 per Course in National Protests
by Andy Thomason
Adjunct instructors joined low-wage workers on Wednesday in a national protest to demand higher pay. The Fight for 15 campaign — in which fast-food, retail, and health-care employees demand a $15 minimum wage and adjuncts demand $15,000 per course — was organized by the Service Employees International Union, which represents many part-time instructors.
Callisto to Offer New Reporting System for Survivors of Sexual Assault
By Casey Fabris
A nonprofit organization that uses technology to improve sexual health is developing an online system for students to report sexual assaults, provide colleges with better data, identify repeat offenders, and support survivors. The system, called Callisto and developed by Sexual Health Innovations, is intended to simplify the reporting process for students. People using Callisto will be presented with information about the processes for filing a report with their college and with local law-enforcement agencies.