USG eclips August 25, 2015

USG Institutions:
Georgia Research Alliance Recruits Eight New Eminent Scholars to Georgia in FY15
It marks the best recruitment year for the organization in over a decade. The FY 15 class of GRA Eminent Scholars includes the following renowned research faculty: Deepak Divan, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Energy Management Technologies; Stanislav Emelianov, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Medical Imaging; Arthur Edison, PhD, University of Georgia, NMR Spectroscopy; Robert Haltiwanger, PhD, University of Georgia, Glycobiology; Ravi Kane, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Cancer Nanotechnology; Ted Ross, PhD, University of Georgia, Infectious Diseases; Eric Sorscher, MD, Emory University, Pediatric Research; Ming Zou, PhD, Georgia State University, Molecular Medicine. “We are proud to welcome these world-class scientists to our Academy and their host universities,” said C. Michael Cassidy, President and CEO, Georgia Research Alliance. “They represent the future for research advancement in key areas of opportunities for science and technology in the state of Georgia.” …”We’re excited to have such a strong class of Eminent Scholars this year, and I commend the Georgia Research Alliance on having its most successful recruitment in over 10 years,” said Hank Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. “By hosting these brilliant scientists we help grow Georgia’s economy and further enhance its reputation as a cutting-edge place to do business and create high-wage jobs.”
Best Bang for the Buck – Southeast Rankings
Welcome to the Best Bang for the Buck rankings from the book The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You. The chart below shows you which schools in the Southeast are the best value for your money based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.
University of Georgia (GA)* Overall Score 12; Georgia Institute of Technology–Main (GA)* Overall Score 10; Albany State University (GA)* Overall Score 10; Savannah State University (GA)* Overall Score 9; North GA College & State Univ. (GA)* Overall Score 8; Columbus State University (GA)* Overall Score 8; Fort Valley State University (GA)* Overall Score 8; Georgia State University (GA)* Overall Score 8
UGA engineering enrollment still growing
The University of Georgia’s College of Engineering surprisingly steep growth curve isn’t slowing down. As of Monday, enrollment in the three-year-old college stood at 1,668 — up about 27 percent from last year. Final enrollment figures won’t be calculated for weeks, but the final number is likely to be close to Monday’s total. Overall, UGA enrollment is up nearly 1,000 from last year, and engineering accounts for close to a third of that increase.
UNG creates Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies
New institute to support Corps of Cadets
Times staff reports
A new institute at the University of North Georgia will support the nation’s future military leaders. The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies will be a cross-disciplinary structure to support the academics, character development and future careers of the university’s Corps of Cadets, according to a release from the university. President Bonita Jacobs said the university has considered an institute to unify several military leadership and student programs for two years. Several university entities, including the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, the College of Arts & Letters, and the Office of Executive Affairs, collaborated to make it possible. …UNG, the Military College of Georgia, is one of only six senior military colleges in the nation and is designated as a state leadership institution.
Group fights to save historic Bell Building downtown
A group is fighting to save a historic downtown Atlanta building from becoming a parking lot. The Bell Building has been on Auburn Avenue for 108 years. It was once the hub for city telephone communication. Georgia State University now owns it. The university plans to demolish it for a parking lot. Some residents would rather see it renovated. …The university says renovating the building could cost $22 million.
VSU Honors College Kicks Off Record-Breaking Year
The Honors College continues a tradition of attracting the best students to Valdosta State University as it welcomes nearly 140 new, academically motivated students to campus this fall.
Through Care and Camaraderie, a University Tries to Keep Homeless Students on Track
By Kelly Field
Martha Hadley is one of 56 students enrolled in Florida State U.’s Unconquered Scholars program, which serves students who have been homeless, like her, or suffered other disadvantages. After seven months in a structured residential program, she says, “I feel that now I’m completely my own person. I feel like an adult now.” …Other colleges have been spurred to action by a single student. In 2011, Marci Stidum, a case manager in the counseling center at Kennesaw State University, in Georgia, got a call from the grounds crew. Groundskeepers had been finding one student’s belongings stashed away in the dorms, and they didn’t know what to do with the student. Ms. Stidum’s first reaction was one of confusion. “I was like, Homelessness, huh? It didn’t register,” she recalls. “She was my ground zero.” The student didn’t want to go to a shelter, so Ms. Stidum made temporary arrangements for her to sleep on a campus bench, telling campus police not to arrest her. Recognizing “this was not a one-time scenario,” she called colleagues at other universities to see how they were helping homeless students. When she asked about particular services, “they kept saying, ‘we need that’ on their own campuses, she recalls.

Higher Education News:
Students Not Prepared for Careers in Computer Science
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Despite the growing number of jobs that rely on computer science, significant portions of U.S. students never get to take a computer science class at the K-12 level because their schools don’t offer them. That is one of the key findings of a new Gallup report that found that lack of access to computer science classes was particularly pronounced among low-income students and students of color. …Specialists say the lack of computer science classes in America’s schools has repercussions in areas that range from job market participation to national security. It also lessens the likelihood that students will study computer science in college.
Haslam to Help Kick Off 2-year College Free-tuition Program
by Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting several community colleges this week to help kick off his Tennessee Promise program. The scholarship provides high school graduates with two years of tuition-free attendance at a state community or technical college, which begin classes on Monday.
Men Who Admire Their Own Work
By Scott Jaschik
Study finds male scholars are more likely than female scholars, across disciplines, to engage in self-citation. Does this give men a leg up in academic promotions? Numerous studies have found that men are more likely to think highly of themselves and their talents than are women when they evaluate themselves. A new study finds that these patterns extend to self-citation, in which scholars cite their own past work in new studies.
Good Neighbors or Conspirators?
By Colleen Flaherty
Colleges and universities lure top faculty members away from competitor institutions all the time, and the practice is (generally speaking) entirely legal. But while some relish it, others consider faculty poaching, or actively recruiting faculty members from competitors, bad form and try to avoid doing it regularly — especially to institutions in the same geographic area.
The Ins and Outs of Outsourcing
By Colleen Murphy
Before Texas A&M University outsourced the management of buildings on its flagship campus in 2012, campus officials struggled with seven different work-order systems and a backlog of about 1,000 requests for maintenance or new equipment. Now, after turning maintenance and landscaping tasks systemwide over to a private company, officials say they are on track to save $363 million over the course of a 10-year deal. Numbers like that could make building management the next campus service to be widely privatized. Institutions have long hired private companies to manage a variety of campus operations — bookstores, food services, endowments, and parking lots — especially since the recession, as pressure to keep institutions affordable has intensified.
As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In
By Jeffrey R. Young
Three years ago everyone was talking about Coursera, which had begun partnering with some of the world’s most elite colleges to offer free courses. There was overheated hype, as pundits speculated that it could be a magic bullet to bring down college costs. And there were tough questions, as people wondered what the goal was for partner colleges, and how the Silicon Valley company could make enough revenue on free courses to survive. Today the MOOC hype has dissipated, but the company’s leaders say Coursera has found a way to make money, and that partner colleges have found a clear reason to participate. Those answers, the company announced on Tuesday, were enough to convince investors to give a fresh infusion of $60 million in venture-capital funds.