USG e-clips from April 23, 2015

USG Institutions:
5 nursing students killed in Georgia interstate wreck
Five nursing students died Wednesday in a chain-reaction crash that began when a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic, Georgia authorities said. The tractor-trailer plowed into an SUV and then rolled over a small passenger car that burst into flames, Sgt. 1st Class Chris Nease of the Georgia State Patrol said. The big truck came to a halt after ramming the back of a tanker. Those killed were travelling on Interstate 16 near Savannah in two passenger vehicles. The cars were mangled by the crash. All five of the victims were nursing students at Georgia Southern University. …The university said the students were all Georgia residents in their junior year.
VSU President Speaks Out on Recent American Flag Campus Protests
by Amanda Blomquist
VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) – The president of Valdosta State University has released a statement regarding the recent on-campus protests involving an Air Force Veteran who was handcuffed for trying to take the American flag away from protesters who were trying to step on it. VSU President William J. McKinney says Friday, April 24th will be a “day of reaffirmation” for the university, in hopes of highlighting the values of the school.
Azziz talks family, legacy in last address
By Tom Corwin
Staff Writer
The thing that got to Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz as he gave his last State of the Enterprise address Wednesday was talking about his kids and what they had been through over the last nearly five years. “Most off all, my gratitude goes to my family. My wife, Cindy, my children, Ashlee, Jonathon and Mallory for their love and support,” Azziz said, choking up. “For their belief in the vision and the righteousness of our mission, for their belief that we were doing the best for our community. To them, thank you.” Azziz, who resigned earlier this year and will step down as president July 1 to begin a year-long “education leave with pay,” also had some advice for his successor in an interview afterward.
CCGA to open veterans lounge on Camden campus
By ANNA HALL The Brunswick News
College of Coastal Georgia is working to do all it can to make earning a degree as easy as possible for veterans. Officials at the college announced Wednesday they are opening the doors to a new veterans’ lounge, which will serve men and women of the armed forces on the Camden County campus in Kingsland. When college president Greg Aloia came to lead the college in the summer of 2013, he joined forces with the Veterans Academic Learning Opportunities and Resources, or VALOR, the campus support group for military veterans attending the college. From there, the college has worked to create a veterans-friendly campus in Brunswick and Kingsland.
Smoky air: Zero complaints, multiple hideouts following ban
Nate Harris Allie Dean
It’s quiet on the second-floor alcove of the journalism building. There is shelter, benches and a grassy area to sit and relax in the middle of one of the busiest places on campus. It’s also hidden from faculty and administration and a prime place for smoking cigarettes, which were forbidden on campus after the University System of Georgia Board of Regent’s tobacco ban went into effect on Oct. 1. But this isn’t the only hideaway where smokers congregate. A trip behind Park Hall revealed dozens of cigarette butts disposed on the ground, now that the ashtrays have been removed. The same goes for Baldwin Hall.
Tuition hike outpaces increase in HOPE scholarhip at UGA
The expense of a college education remains on a steep upward trend. It’s true of college institutions nationwide and right here in Athens. The combined annual cost of tuition and fees at the University of Georgia has more than tripled in the past 15 years. With a 9 percent tuition hike going into effect next fall, UGA undergraduates will shell out a total of $11,610 for two semesters, about twice what it cost in 2007. The declining value of the HOPE Scholarship is also helping drive up the cost of attending UGA.
UGA faculty, staff to get pay raises
University of Georgia faculty and staff should soon see more money in their paychecks, but not enough to make them even with their counterparts at other universities. UGA President Jere Morehead said on Wednesday that he plans to boost pay by 5 percent next fiscal year, but admitted the salary hike won’t increase faculty pay to a competitive level with comparable institutions of higher learning. It will take several years of raises before UGA faculty pay recovers from a long slide in the 2000s, he said.
UGA researcher works to build ‘missing’ bone for children suffering from HPP‘missing’-bone-for-children-suffering-from-hpp.html
Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Luke Mortensen holds up an X-ray image showing an infant’s hand, but without bones. The next image is a child’s chest, revealing no ribs. The images represent what parents might see if they have a child suffering from hypophosphatasia. Mortensen, an assistant professor in the Regenerative Bioscience Center, will research therapies to grow these missing bones.

Higher Education News:
Crowded Out by Medicaid
By Paul Fain
CHICAGO — State tax revenues are up. But the next decade is looking rough, thanks largely to rising Medicaid costs. And public higher education will bear the brunt of tighter state budgets. That’s the central finding of a new study from the National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education. The University of Virginia’s Miller Center created the nonpartisan commission last year with funding from Lumina Foundation. “Huge growth” in Medicaid spending is leading to a “tipping point” for public colleges, said Ray Scheppach, an economic fellow at the center. Scheppach presented the study’s findings here this week at a meeting of the Education Writers Association.
U.S. Companies More Likely to Focus on Training
by Catherine Morris
WASHINGTON ― Although there have been countless articles on the impact of our educational system on the economy, they tend to be written from the academic viewpoint or are couched in terms of numbers and data points. Looking at education through the specific lens of corporations and business leaders is a bit rarer. A report from the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED), featured at its spring policy conference Wednesday, provides some insight into how businesses, big and small, view the impact of post-secondary education and workforce-related training.