USG e-clips from April 17, 2015

USG Institutions:
Estimates reveal another record-breaking year for donations
Katelyn Umholtz
With the cost of tuition increasing 9 percent next year as of Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting and cuts to higher education funds, money from donors has become vital to the development of the University of Georgia. So when the UGA Division of Development and Alumni Relations reached a record-breaking year in terms of the number of donors and donations, increased expansion became a stronger reality. Only estimates have been given out for fiscal year 2014, but Emily Williams, senior director of communications, said within one year, donor contributions increased from $117.3 million to $126.4 million. The amount of donors also increased from 54,797 to an estimate of 57,000.
KSU claims two regional awards
by MDJ staff
Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has been recognized with two regional awards from the Association for Continuing Higher Education. This organization represents more than 300 institutions. Barbara Calhoun, dean of the college, won the Continuing Education Leadership Award. Cindy Moss, instructor for Administrative Professional and Basic Office Technology certificate programs, claimed the Outstanding Faculty Award.
Costa Rican President to Visit Atlanta on Investment, Education Tour
by Trevor Williams
Now a year into the job, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis is leading a 13-day mission to the U.S. in May that will include a stop in Atlanta, Global Atlanta has learned. Mr. Solis will be accompanied by his ministers of trade and external affairs, along with the president of CINDE, the country’s investment promotion agency, according to Andrea Centeno, a CINDE spokeswoman. Along with targeted meetings with companies and promoting Costa Rica as an investment destination, a key component of the visit will be shoring up ties with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology, both of which have invested in major educational centers in the Central American country over the last decade.

Higher Education News:
Kaiser Permanente to put IT campus in Midtown Atlanta; create 900 jobs
Urvaksh Karkaria and Maria Saporta
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente will plant a $20 million information technology campus in Midtown Atlanta — a project that will create about 900 jobs. The Invest Atlanta board approved unanimously at its meeting Thursday $300,000 in incentives for “Project Big Chill,” as the expansion project was codenamed… Atlanta’s abundant — and inexpensive — technology talent has made it a magnet for IT and software development hubs. Several companies, including CBS Corp., General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM), Deloitte LLP and Elavon have established IT centers in the “Silicon Peach.” Kaiser’s Midtown Atlanta location also puts the IT center in proximity to research and talent powerhouses Georgia Tech and Emory University.
What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion
By Beckie Supiano
Given that the value of college is frequently challenged on multiple fronts these days, interest in how the public regards higher education runs pretty high among its champions. The latest public-opinion poll from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, released here on Thursday, provides some new data points. In general, “the vast majority of Americans value education beyond high school,” said Brandon Busteed, executive director of education at Gallup. And they see higher education as connected to getting a good job and having a good life. But even so, Mr. Busteed said, “when you start to ask really tough questions, things break down a little.” Just 13 percent of survey respondents strongly agreed, using a five-point scale, that the country’s college graduates were well prepared for success in the work force.
Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn’t as easy as it used to be. “I’m seeing a lot more competition” from rival employers, says Dan Black, EY’s Americas recruiting leader. That’s good news for college seniors and graduate students preparing to accept diplomas this spring, and a sign that new graduates will fare better than they did in 2014.
Free Community College, Structured Pathways: Survey of 2-Year-College Leaders
By Ashley A. Smith
For all the talk about the prospect of free community college, most two-year-college leaders are skeptical about the feasibility that the concept will come to pass in their states. Even with the federal support that President Obama has proposed as part of the initiative, community college presidents surveyed by Inside Higher Ed remain pessimistic that their state legislatures would support the idea.