USG eclips August 12, 2015

University System News:
The top 10 colleges in Georgia
By Megan Cahill, College Factual
Whether you’re a local, or want to experience some southern hospitality, Georgia can be a great state to pursue higher education. The schools on this list range from small and large, private and public.

USG Institutions:
National ranking for GSU graduate program
STATESBORO — The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University was recently ranked one of the top public health graduate programs in the nation by, the graduate school guide created by and for students.The guide ranks graduate programs on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students on Program rankings encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in more than 1,600 graduate programs nationwide. “We’re especially honored to be recognized by a student organization as one of the top public health graduate programs in the country,” said Greg Evans, dean and professor of environmental health sciences in the College of Public Health.
Georgia Southern sales education draws kudos
STATESBORO — The Georgia Southern College of Business has been recognized as one of the top universities for professional sales education in the country by the Sales Education Foundation. In the ninth edition of the foundation’s annual magazine, SEF listed Georgia Southern as one of the programs that provides a university sales education while preparing and placing future talent in professional selling roles. In SEF’s annual survey, the College of Business sales program distinguished itself through offering a specialty area, participating in a sales competition, offering a sales lab for students and having a 100 percent job placement rate.
To Address Doctor Shortages, Some States Focus on Residencies
By Rebecca Beitsch
Last year, 369 students graduated from Iowa medical schools, but at least 131 of them had to finish their training elsewhere because Iowa had only 238 residency positions available. The story was the same for at least 186 students who graduated from Missouri medical schools and 200 who studied at Tennessee schools. States such as New York, California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania were happy to take them—all four states took in more residents than students they trained. This is the world of medical resident matching. When states don’t have enough residency positions for the medical students they’ve trained, they become resident exporters. When states have more residency positions than they have students to fill them, they become importers. …Shelley Nuss, associate dean for graduate medical education (GME) at the Medical College of Georgia, said her institution has answered AAMC’s call to graduate larger classes. But that has created a bottleneck for in-state residencies. For a state looking to increase its doctor ranks, that’s a problem: About half of the aspiring doctors who graduate from public Georgia medical schools end up practicing there, while 70 percent of Georgia medical school graduates who do their residencies in the state remain.
CSU completes $4M renovations at Howard Hall
By WTVM Web Team
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Students at Columbus State University will be arriving to a renovated Howard Hall this semester. The renovation of the most used building on campus took a year and cost nearly $4 million. The building will feature new technology in each classroom, flexible furniture, higher ceilings and better lights.
Middle Georgia State University unveils strategic plan
The newest university in Georgia has revealed its plans for success. Middle Georgia State University’s President Christopher Blake laid out the college’s priorities over the next few years during a recent convocation speech to faculty and staff.
Georgia Southern Interim President Baptized in Eagle Creek
By Haisten Willis
Jean Bartels became the interim president of Georgia Southern University over the summer following the departure of Brooks Keel. Today, Bartels made her allegiance to the Eagles eternal with a Baptism in Beautiful Eagle Creek: By wading through the south Georgia creek, Bartels has left no doubt as to her loyalty to the Boys in Blue.
New Video Shares Scientists Search for Black Gill Answers
By Martin Staunton
Scientist on Skidaway Island are reaching out to the public to share their work on the front line in the fight against Black Gill. It’s a mysterious condition that’s affecting shrimp from Florida to North Carolina. The shrimping industry in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry and beyond are bracing for the rise of Black Gill as they head into the height of the 2015 season. The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is releasing a new video that updates their progress and efforts in researching the condition. Black Gill started showing up in coastal waters here in the last decade according to shrimp boat captains in Savannah. The Skidaway Institute began research more than a year ago, coinciding with the worst shrimp harvest ever recorded in Georgia. One former president of the Georgia Shrimp Association estimated it as a $20 million dollar loss.

Higher Education News:
Georgia’s unique higher education funding
By Steve Gooch
Sen. Steve Gooch serves as Majority Whip of the Senate Majority Caucus.
Since 1993, the Georgia Lottery has provided a solution to keep higher education tuition affordable in our state, as well as fund Georgia’s pre-K program. The HOPE scholarship and grant program, funded by the Georgia Lottery, is unlike any other in the nation and awards deserving students with the financial assistance necessary to attain a degree, diploma or certificate at a very low cost-and in certain cases, at no cost. More than 1.5 million Georgia students have reached their higher education goals at Georgia colleges, universities and technical schools thanks to $6.4 billion in HOPE scholarships and grants. In FY 2014, Georgia had the fifth largest gross total sales of all of the lottery programs throughout the United States. …Georgia’s population grew 1.03 percent, according to U.S. Census estimates, between FY 2013 and FY 2014. This means Georgia Lottery revenues (and in turn, the HOPE program) should also be growing, right Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
Have student loan debt? Georgia may not be the place for you
Lauren Colley
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Student loan borrowers stand a better chance for post-college success in states that have lower levels of college-related debt, stronger economies and higher salaries, according to a recent study. With tuition steadily on the rise, Georgia isn’t one such state. Just weeks before students head to college, WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across seven metrics to determined the best and worst states for people with student loan debt. Georgia has an overall ranking of 47, and a ranking of 49 regarding unemployment rate for people aged 25 to 34.
Book Tackles Best Practices Within Higher Education
by Jamal Eric Watson
When it comes to examining best practices within higher education, majority institutions should take a look at work being done at many of the nation’s minority-serving institutions. That’s the recommendation of the authors of a new book, Educating a Diverse Nation (Harvard University Press), published by Drs. Marybeth Gasman and Clifton Conrad. The authors studied 12 MSIs around the country and found new approaches to culturally relevant learning and real-world problem solving as they documented how faculty, staff and students often operate like a close-knit family. The book also documents the personal stories of MSI students about their preparation for college, the relevance of higher education in their lives and the challenge of financing a college education—often as a first-generation student.
The Non-Ratings Future
By Michael Stratford
After more than two years of anxiety over how the Obama administration planned to judge their institutions, many college and university leaders exhaled deeply earlier this summer when federal officials dropped their plan to create a college ratings system. Many colleges and universities were fiercely opposed to the ratings plan. And it had become among the most contentious fights between colleges and the Obama administration.
Now, as the Education Department gets ready to unveil, in the coming weeks, its ratings replacement — an online college comparison tool — the project is hardly registering as a blip on the radar screen of many college leaders.
More Colleges Add ‘Confidential Advisers’ for Students Reporting Sexual Assault
By Sarah Brown
The requirement that college employees report campus sexual assaults is designed with an important goal in mind: to ensure that no incident gets swept under the rug. If a student is assaulted on a Friday night and immediately informs a resident adviser or faculty member, that employee must notify the college’s Title IX coordinator as soon as possible. The coordinator then must investigate the student’s claims, as required by Title IX, the federal gender-equity law. One consequence of such a process, however, is that if students want to keep a sexual assault confidential, at least initially, it’s not always clear whom they can go to on the campus for help. That’s where a confidential adviser can step in, says Jill Dunlap, director of the Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Why a Global Education Doesn’t Have to Mean Going Abroad
By Karin Fischer
Do students need a passport to get a global experience? Breaking with orthodoxy in study abroad, some educators have come to believe that the answer is no. Given the diversity of the United States, they argue, it’s no longer necessary to cross national borders to give students the intercultural skills that colleges and employers both prize. Step off many campuses, and you can quickly find people from other countries and cultures, with different beliefs, practices, and languages. Today some 40 percent of Americans are racial or ethnic minorities, and one in every 10 is foreign-born; just a few decades from now, the United States will become a majority-minority country.