USG eclips August 11, 2015

USG Institutions:
Middle Georgia State Shares Cyber Security Expertise with Robert Morris University
Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO
Middle Georgia State University is partnering with Robert Morris University (RMU) to train faculty and students at the Pittsburgh, Pa., institution in mobile Internet security. Under a $224,000 National Science Foundation grant, and also in partnership with the Southeastern Advanced Cybersecurity Education Consortium, Middle Georgia State will help Robert Morris University launch a Mobile Forensics and Security certificate program. Students will be able to complete the program online to learn how to secure and analyze mobile devices and networks against cybercrime.
Valdosta State Blues
By Colleen Flaherty
​Valdosta State University’s had a rough run in the last few years: declining enrollment, something of a revolving door of administrators and a divisive political protest controversy. But is the way to solve Valdosta State’s problems really getting rid of some its best and brightest young faculty members? That’s what some on campus are wondering after the university announced last week that it was laying off 33 staff and faculty members, including some on the tenure track.
Felony charge filed for Virginia man who illegally obtained in-state UGA tuition for daughter
The District Attorney’s office is pursuing a criminal prosecution against a Virginia man who officials said illegally obtained in-state tuition rates for his daughter while she attended the University of Georgia. It was more than a year ago that UGA police obtained warrants charging Pierre P. Mortemousque with multiple felonies, including four counts of theft by deception and one count of false statements and writings. Each count of theft was for each semester the man’s daughter attended UGA under reduced tuition rates, according to police. There was speculation charges might be dropped because the Lynchburg resident made full restitution of the $37,020 in savings he accrued by paying in-state tuition for his daughter. On June 23, however, the DA’s office filed an accusation in Clarke County Superior Court charging Mortemousque with a single count of theft by deception. In the charging document, Mortemousque was said to have unlawfully obtained an out-of-state tuition differential waiver for his daughter, depriving UGA of more than $25,000.

Higher Education News:
Fraternities push limits on rape investigations
Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A pair of bills introduced to Congress last month state that universities would have to notify local authorities of sexual assault reports before initiating internal investigations. So, if police aren’t notified, universities can’t act. The Safe Campus Act and the Fair Campus Act were presented July 29 as the Senate held its first hearing on a bipartisan bill highlighting new regulations on how universities handle cases of sexual assault. The legislation was pushed by national fraternity organizations — including the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference — which are promoting legislation that call for new protections for students accused of rape.
A Key Question for Clinton’s College-Affordability Plan: Will States Buy In?
By Colleen Murphy
The pillar of Hillary Clinton’s higher-education proposal that has attracted the most attention could also be a tough sell to state lawmakers. Mrs. Clinton’s proposal, which she announced on Monday at a campaign stop in Exeter, N.H., aims to turn the tide on states’ dwindling support of higher education by creating an incentive for states to buy in. Under the plan, which would cost $350 billion over 10 years, the federal government would make about $175 billion in grants available to states that guarantee students can cover tuition at four-year public universities without loans. But there’s a condition: States would need to arrest higher-education budget cuts and slow tuition growth in order to be eligible. In other words, taking the money would limit state lawmakers’ freedom to make cuts in one of the first categories of state spending they turn to when it comes time to tighten budgets, experts said.
As the Face of the Student Body Changes, State and Campus Policies Lag Behind
By Eric Kelderman
Newport Beach, Calif.
Higher-education officials often mention the nation’s changing demographic makeup as one challenge colleges face. But that concern usually comes in the middle of a long list of problems, far below issues like declining state and federal dollars. And mentions usually amount to vague references to the growing number of minority, low-income, and first-generation students enrolling in college, or to the amount of assistance they need to complete their degrees. The changing makeup of the student population, though, was in sharp focus during last week’s meeting of the State Higher Education Executive Officers. Also discussed at length were some efforts underway to deal with those changes.
Half of college-educated Floridians live paycheck to paycheck
By Donna Gehrke-White
Going to college doesn’t save many Floridians from living paycheck to paycheck. Forty-nine percent of Floridians ages 25 to 34 with college degrees or some college education say they live paycheck to paycheck, according to a new poll from, an online lending exchange. That’s higher than the 38 percent national average in the same age group.
Diverse Conversations: 5 Ways to Maintain College Diversity Without Affirmative Action
by Matthew Lynch
Over the past 50 years, affirmative action has helped transform college student populations from monotone to vibrant and diverse. The positive impact of affirmative action on the diversity of college campuses is hard to deny. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that affirmative action programs have doubled, and in some cases tripled, the number of minority applicants to colleges and universities. When California banned affirmative action in 1998, minority admittance at UC Berkeley dropped 61 percent, and, at UCLA, it fell 36 percent. Recently, Michigan banned affirmative action for admittance to public universities, and the U.S. Supreme Court may rule on it on a federal level soon. The process that was created during the height of the Civil Rights movement in America may soon be officially considered outdated, and even unfair, by the higher judicial powers. So if affirmative action appears to be on its way out, what can colleges do to ensure their campuses still have enough variety in race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds?
Black Male Enrollment Declines in Med Schools
By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent | 0 comments
The number of Black males applying to medical school is lower than it was three decades ago, raising concerns about the United States’ future ability to have health care providers be as diverse as the patients they serve, according to a new report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). “No other minority group has experienced such declines,” wrote Marc Nivet, the chief diversity officer for AAMC, in a foreword for the report. “The inability to find, engage, and develop candidates for careers in medicine from all members of our society limits our ability to improve health care for all.” …Even though programs like the University System of Georgia (USG) African American Male Initiative and the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) don’t specifically focus on steering young Black men into STEM careers, the report noted that both groups have shown promise with increasing college graduation rates for young, Black males, by cultivating culturally-sensitive, positive learning environments.