University System News:
Tenth Anniversary of CSU’s Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum Begins Monday
Staff Report From Columbus CEO
For the 10th year, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will bring a lineup of the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. This year’s event, themed “Leadership Legacy,” will bring back favorite speakers from past forums and welcome new speakers.
Universities tackling cybersecurity worker gap
Dave Williams and Urvaksh Karkaria
Atlanta Business Chronicle
The University System of Georgia has launched an initiative aimed at plugging a glaring shortfall in cybersecurity workers in the Peach State. A 10-member committee created by the system’s Board of Regents is working to improve the courses being offered at the six universities with existing cybersecurity programs and extend the cyber curriculum throughout the system using online instruction. Those six cyber programs graduated just 46 students last year, far short of the 8,162 cybersecurity jobs posted in Georgia. “We are not as a system preparing enough graduates in this field,” Gretchen Caughman, provost at Georgia Regents University (GRU) and the committee’s chairman, told the system’s Board of Regents Aug. 12. “[This] is about growing the pipeline and increasing the workforce.”
$4.4 million invested to reduce class sizes
The University of Georgia plans to invest more than $4.4 million to reduce class sizes by hiring 56 new faculty members. The bulk of the money comes from the tuition increase approved this year. During this school year, 15 to 20 new faculty members will be hired, said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. “The big goal is to make sure students have the classes that they need,” Shrivastav said. “By having smaller classes, they have a better experience in class and an overall improved chance of success in different classes.” UGA will also add about 319 new course sections in 81 majors.
GHC opens a pilot College and Career Center
Georgia Highlands College has opened a pilot College and Career Center on the Cartersville campus that will provide students with the tools they need to take the next step toward the career they want. `It has been well-documented that obtaining a better job and improving career options are some of the main reasons students attend college,` Student Support Services Counselor Dorothy Morgan said. `The College and Career Center aims to provide a centralized location for all things career related.`
New ride share program in Savannah for college students
By Jamie Ertle
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – A new form of ride sharing hit the streets of Savannah about two weeks ago, so you may see more young drivers next to you on the road. Savannah State University is the first school in the city to take on ZIPcar. ZIPcar services are nothing new to the state of Georgia, in fact, Georgia Southern students have been “zipsters” since the fall of 2013. The cars are located at two different locations on campus, one being the student union.
83 Students Selected as White House Initiative 2015 HBCU All-Stars
by Diverse Staff
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has selected 83 students as its 2015 HBCU All-Stars in recognition of their academic achievement, leadership and civic engagement. The HBCU All-Stars will provide outreach and communication with other students about the value of education as well as promote the role of the WHIHBCU as a resource. More than 450 students submitted applications that included transcripts, resumes, essays and recommendations in hope of being named an HBCU All-Star. 2015 HBCU All Stars Rebecca Dorsey, Albany State University, Albany, GA; Shelton Bowens, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
Location of new Cooperative Extension office seen as economic development decision
By JIM THOMPSON
Two Athens-Clarke County commissioners, each involved in efforts to improve separate road corridors in Athens, are suggesting that locating a planned new Athens-Clarke County Cooperative Extension Service center on either Atlanta Highway or Lexington Road could boost economic development opportunities in those areas. Commissioner Mike Hamby, chair of the county commission’s Atlanta Highway Redevelopment Committee, and Andy Herod, chair of the commission’s Lexington Road Corridor Study Committee, both used Tuesday’s non-voting commission agenda-setting session to suggest the respective corridors could benefit from a new Cooperative Extension Service office in those areas. The Cooperative Extension Service, an arm of the University of Georgia, has centers in counties across the state designed to provide a host of agricultural, environmental, community and family-oriented services to residents of the state.
Island incorporation group hires Vinson Institute for study
by Larry Hobbs
A group that hopes to turn St. Simons Island and Sea Island into a municipality has hired the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to conduct a study on the viability of such an undertaking, according to a member of the group.
The institute, which is affiliated with the University of Georgia, will determine whether the island has sufficient sources of tax revenue and the means to provide adequate services and basic infrastructure to its residents.
Higher Education News:
More Borrowers Enroll in Income-Based Repayment
The number of federal student loan borrowers enrolling in income-based repayment options grew by more than half over the past year, the Education Department said on Thursday. As of June, nearly 3.9 million federal direct loan borrowers were enrolled in the plans, which the Obama administration has expanded and heavily promoted. That’s a 56 percent jump from last June.
Californians increasingly can’t get into state’s public colleges
Once envied, the state system of higher education is seen as a warning to others
by MATT KRUPNICK
VERSIDE, Calif. — They were once the envy of the world for the access they offered to high-quality education for all students at a low price. But California’s public colleges and universities delivered something different to Andrew Hotchkiss when he applied for admission two years ago: a punch to the gut. Hotchkiss, now 21 and from Fontana, Calif., was snubbed by the selective Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego campuses of the public University of California system, but never expected California State University at Long Beach to turn him down too. After all, any California resident who is eligible for a UC campus, which Hotchkiss was, is all but guaranteed entry to the Cal State system. For years, it was a safety net of sorts. That’s no longer true. Hotchkiss was eventually admitted to UC Riverside but his rejection from the popular and crowded Long Beach campus reflects the turmoil and declining fortunes of what was previously regarded as America’s best state higher education system — and one of the most respected in the world. It also serves as a dramatic symbol of how years of budget cuts at public universities and colleges are taking their toll in disturbing and sometimes surprising ways.
U. of Texas Regents Approve Policy Allowing Campus Chiefs to Sway Admissions
by Andy Thomason
University of Texas system presidents will be able to order the admission of students who would not otherwise be admitted on “very rare” occasions, according to a new policy passed Thursday, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The new policy comes after a system-commissioned report revealed that the then-flagship president, William C. Powers Jr., had intervened in the admissions process on behalf of politically connected applicants. In response to those findings, the system chancellor, William H. McRaven, formed a task force to make policy recommendations.
Calif. Community Colleges Could Require Sexual Assault Disclosures
by Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ― The California Senate has approved legislation requiring community college applicants to disclose if they’ve been previously expelled for sexual assault. Transfer students would also need to share if they were expelled for rape or sexual battery at other schools or are currently undergoing an expulsion review. Local community college governing boards would have hearings to decide whether to admit those students.