USG e-clips from April 21, 2015

USG Institutions:
University of North Georgia expanding to Blue Ridge
Times staff reports
The University of North Georgia plans to open an instructional site in Blue Ridge this fall. A vote by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents at its April 14 meeting approved a $943,000 operating budget in fiscal year 2016 for the new UNG site. The location of the instructional site is not finalized, but the university plans to begin offering courses in the fall. The program will build on UNG’s existing dual-enrollment courses offered to high school students through collaboration with the Union and Fannin county school systems.
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Bestows 28 Awards during Preservation Awards Ceremony in Athens, Georgia
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation presented 28 awards recognizing the best of preservation in Georgia during its 38th annual Preservation Awards ceremony April 17 in Athens, Ga.
The Commons at the Imperial Hotel in Atlanta received the Marguerite Williams Award, presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state. …Excellence in Rehabilitation winners were: …McKey-Seago House, Valdosta State University, Valdosta; …Excellence in Sustainable Rehabilitation winners were: …Ennis Hall, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville; and Jackson Street Building, University of Georgia, Athens.
GSU responds to 2015 Spring Bling and arrest of Migos
By Jamison Dowd, Assignment Editor
SAVANNAH, GA – Georgia Southern Officials responded to the arrest of rap group Migos during their 2015 Spring Bling celebration. “Georgia Southern University hosted the group, Migos this past Saturday evening as part of Spring Bling 2015. These concerts, funded through student fees, have been a tradition for several years. The entertainment for the Spring concert is chosen by the student body. …After the performance, members associated with the group were arrested and taken to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office. Information as to the status of these arrests may be referred to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office. No Georgia Southern students or concert-goers were involved. Georgia Southern is a student-centered university. We will continue to do all we can to provide a safe campus for students and visitors. As with this year’s concert, we will continue working together with students, to bring concerts and other entertainment to campus for their enjoyment and that of the community.”

Higher Education News:
The Increasingly Digital Community College
By Ashley A. Smith
SAN ANTONIO — Distance education at community colleges continues to increase even as overall enrollment at two-year institutions falls. A study released Monday found distance education enrollments account for nearly all recent student growth at two-year institutions. The report was based on a survey of technology leaders at community colleges. They reported about a 4.7 percent increase in student enrollment in online programs from fall 2013 to fall 2014.
For Those Without One, College Degrees Are Seen as Important but Too Expensive
By Casey Fabris
In the eyes of Americans without college degrees, higher education seems necessary but too expensive. That is one of the main takeaways in a report released on Monday by the American Enterprise Institute, “High Costs, Uncertain Benefits: What Do Americans Without a College Degree Think About Postsecondary Education?” …People without a college degree recognize its importance, according to the new survey, with 84 percent of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing with the idea that some form of postsecondary education was needed to get a good job. But survey participants didn’t necessarily think they needed a college credential themselves, with 43 percent indicating they were satisfied with their level of education.
Colleges Respond to Racist Incidents as if Their Chief Worry Is Bad PR, Studies Find
By Peter Schmidt
College administrations react to hate crimes, hate speech, and other high-profile incidents of bias by focusing mainly on repairing their institution’s reputation, two new studies conclude. The administrations’ responses generally paper over underlying prejudices in the campus culture, leaving the victims at risk of further harm in the future, argue the researchers, who presented the studies’ findings on Monday in Chicago, at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. “College presidents are willing to address the racist but rarely the racism,” says a paper summarizing one of the studies, based on a rhetorical analysis of presidents’ statements in response to bias incidents.