University System News:
Changes underway in the University System of GA
By WTVM Web Team
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – As your kids go back to college this semester they are probably noticing some changes. Chancellor Hank Huckaby with the University System of Georgia gives more information about these changes. “Well most of the changes we have implemented for this fall will be quite frankly transparent for the students they won’t see that much. But one thing they will see and hear about is campus safety and security,” Huckaby said. Chancellor Huckaby says security changes are being made at universities across the state to prevent sexual assault and to make students feel safer overall.
Chancellor Huckabee talks about the success of free e-textbook program
Columbus, GA – The chancellor of the University System of Georgia stopped by our studios on Tuesday to update us on his efforts to make the system more successful. One area of concern is the soaring cost of textbooks. Hank Huckabee talks about the success of their free e-textbook program that’s helping more than 300,000 students. Huckabee said, “We’re working together to find ways to lower the cost of textbooks and materials.” Huckabee also talked about a program for student veterans that’s in use here at Columbus State and 25 other Georgia universities.
Georgia State’s Becker named among most innovative college presidents
By Janel Davis – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, was named one of the most innovative college presidents in the country by Washington Monthly magazine this week. Becker was among 10 noted collegiate leaders recognized for implementing specific, innovative programs in areas like affordability, diversity, research, and service. The magazine lauded Becker’s embrace of big data at Georgia State to greatly improve retention and graduation rates for minority, low-income and first-generation college students at the Atlanta university.
UNG dual-enrollment program sharpens area students
One of the fastest-growing segments of the freshman class this fall at the University of North Georgia (UNG) is high school students who are taking advantage of the state’s Move on When Ready program, which allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously and covers most expenses, including tuition, fees and textbooks. Dual-enrolled students must meet the same GPA and entrance exam requirements as all UNG freshmen; however, dual-enrollment courses don’t count toward hours for HOPE Scholarship eligibility.
College and Career Academy grant application process gets under way
The $3.5 million application must be submitted to the state by Sept. 11
By Terry Lewis
ALBANY — The fledgling Albany Region College and Career Academy took another step toward reality Tuesday at a charter grant application workshop led by educational consultant Russ Moore. The application is seeking a $3.5 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and will be used as seed money to help get the new charter school off the ground. Moore, who will write the grant application, asked for suggested input and letters of support from the 16 community leaders who attended the meeting. …The goals of the new charter school are to reduce the Dougherty County School System’s dropout rate increasing the system’s graduation rate and to provide more opportunities to boost student dual enrollment numbers with Albany Technical College, Albany State University, and Darton State College.
Generous donor supports scholarships at GSW
By Ben Roberts
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – A dozen Georgia Southwestern State University students were honored Tuesday night as Pope Fellows. The students in the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving earned $3,000 scholarships. John and Betty Pope established the scholarship endowment in 1996. Since then, it has awarded more than $900,000 to nearly 250 GSW students. Mrs. Pope says she’s proud of the work the Rosalynn Carter Institute does around the world to support vital caregiving work.
25 Colleges That Can Land You a 6-Figure Career Without Grad School
These are MONEY’s most affordable colleges whose alumni report earning at least $100,000 a year, with just an undergraduate degree. As more people earn bachelor’s degrees, workers who want an edge in the job market are increasingly investing in expensive graduate degrees. But data released today by PayScale.com reveal dozens of colleges where average mid-career alumni are earning more than $100,000 a year without the additional cost of grad school. Building on the PayScale data, MONEY identified the 25 most affordable colleges that launch graduates into six-figure careers. …Georgia Institute of Technology
The Next Steve Jobs Is Going to Come From One of These 13 Surprising Schools
By Sophie Kleeman
Harvard and Stanford may jump to mind when it comes to tech titans. Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg chose the former, and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin flocked to the latter. But for the next generation of entrepreneur, we may need to look outside the Ivy League. (Steve Jobs, of course, attended Reed College, a liberal arts school in Portland, but didn’t graduate.) Innovation and creativity aren’t exclusive to the most prestigious centers of education. …To build our list, we considered a variety of criteria, including ranking, research facilities, important technological discoveries, notable faculty and alumni, cost and relationships with the private sector. With one of the best engineering programs in the country, including top 10 spots in every engineering category according to U.S. News & World Report, Georgia Tech is renowned as a top destination for tech whizzes. But it’s also home to the Georgia Institute of Technology Cooperative Division and the Graduate Cooperative Education Program, two large influential programs that place students in real-world working environments.
75 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2015
#4 Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.; #16 University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; #41 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
New Science Building Opens on Clayton State Campus
MORROW, Ga. — The new 58,610-square-foot, $18 million Science Building at Clayton State University has reached final completion and is ready to welcome students. The new facility is intended to provide Clayton State with additional space for required laboratory classes. Construction began on the project in November 2013.
GSU: Renovating Bell Building could cost at least $18 million, require cleaning up pigeon poop
Posted By Thomas Wheatley
Downtown residents and preservationists are pushing Georgia State University to bring Auburn Avenue’s historic Bell Building back to life, not demolish it to make way for a temporary parking lot. But school officials claim such a project is cost prohibitive. Meanwhile, City Hall officials are also expressing concerns about Georgia State’s proposal. Georgia State Spokeswoman Andrea Jones told CL on Friday evening that the school’s facilities management team estimated renovations to the Bell could cost from $18 million to $22 million, or $275 to $325 per square foot.
Two sexual assaults reported at Kennesaw State during first week
Janel Davis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two sexual assaults have been reported at Kennesaw State University’s main campus during the first week of fall classes. In the first incident, a female Kennesaw State student reported being raped late August 22 or early on Aug. 23 while in a unit at an on-campus apartment complex at the University Village, where the suspect lives. The suspect, who was known and identified by the victim, was also a Kennesaw State student, according to an alert from university police. In a second incident, a female Kennesaw State student reported being groped Thursday, Aug. 20, by a male in the Austin Residence Complex area. The student reported the alleged sexual battery occurred around 9:00 p.m. between two buildings of the on-campus apartment complex near the university amphitheater.
Glynn County commissioner: ‘Last thing we want to do is arrest 200 or 300 students’ during Georgia-Florida weekend
By JIM THOMPSON
“The last thing we want to do is arrest 200 or 300 students,” said Glynn County Commissioner Bill Brunson, “but we’re prepared to do it.” Brunson is a driving force behind the new “zero tolerance” policy for misbehavior during a rowdy annual beach party on St. Simons Island associated with the University of Georgia’s rivalry football game with the University of Florida in nearby Jacksonville, Fla., set this year for Oct. 31. …In addition to UGA, the letter is going out to Georgia Southern University, the College of Coastal Georgia, and even to public school systems in Glynn and surrounding counties, to put those institutions on notice that, as the letter notes, the Glynn County government “will have a ZERO [the capital letters are Provenzano’s] tolerance enforcement policy as it relates to underage drinking, disorderly conduct, littering and other illegal behavior. Violators will be cited on the scene or arrested as an offense warrants.”
Higher Education News:
Buzzwords May Be Stifling Teaching Innovation at Colleges
By Jeffrey R. Young
One of the obstacles to bringing “adaptive learning” to college classrooms is that professors, administrators, and even those who make adaptive-learning systems don’t always agree on what that buzzword means. That was a major theme of a daylong Adaptive Learning Summit held here on Tuesday. Several people interviewed at the summit, held by the education-innovation group National Education Initiative, noted that part of the problem is a proliferation of companies that make big promises based on making their technologies adaptive, yet all use the term slightly differently.
Clinton campaign outlines impact of college plan on Georgia families
By Janel Davis – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About 168,500 in-state, full-time students attending Georgia’s public four-year colleges could benefit from a plan by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to make higher education more affordable, her campaign said Monday. Under the plan, students would be able to attend a a four-year public college without taking out loans for tuition, and community college students — including about 119,200 in Georgia — could attend tuition-free. Also, people with student loans would be able to refinance their debts at the currently lower interest rates.
This Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs
by Andy Thomason
Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” published online on Monday. According to the researchers, some students are creating at least two accounts in a MOOC — one or more with which to purposely fail assignments in order to discover the correct answers, which they use to ace the assignments in their primary account.
Conversation About Sexual Violence Is Often a New One for College Freshmen
By Mary Ellen McIntire
Students arriving on college campuses this month will be brought into several conversations about sex, consent, and sexual assault. For many, it will be the first time they discuss such topics in a formal way. While sexual assault and how to combat it has become a focus of discussion on college campuses, that’s not the case in secondary schools. Yet high-profile rape cases, like the St. Paul’s School trial, illustrate that sexual violence is a reality that many students deal with before they reach a college campus.
How One University Uses New-Student Orientation to Talk About Sexual Assault
By Sarah Brown
A young woman sways under flashing strobe lights and thumping music, her eyes bloodshot, clearly intoxicated. A man, about the same age, begins dancing with her and kissing her. She weakly tries to push him away. Eventually, he leads her to her apartment, pulls her into her bedroom, and shuts the door. He begins taking her clothes off, and the scene ends. The scenario leading up to a rape occurs during a short film that was shown to University of Richmond freshmen and transfer students on Friday night during orientation for new students. The session focused on bystander intervention, training students on how to step in when they see signs of a potential assault. In the video, friends and witnesses look concerned when they see the young man and woman interacting, but they take no action. …At many colleges, orientation, which often takes place over the summer or just before fall classes begin, serves as students’ introduction to the issues of sexual assault and consent. Those topics have become major priorities for colleges as public attention on their handling of sexual-assault cases has intensified. Richmond is one of dozens of colleges where sexual-violence complaints are under investigation for possible violations of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.
Florida Board of Education to allow college four-year degrees again
Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer
High school graduates seeking less expensive higher education options will soon have more degree options within the Florida college system. This week, the Florida Board of Education will consider approval of five new bachelor’s degree programs:
o Tallahassee Community College – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
o Polk State College – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a STEM focus; Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
o Seminole State College – Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
o Santa Fe College – Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology
These proposals mark the first time in more than a year that the board will act on four-year programs within the colleges. Lawmakers had placed a moratorium on new offerings in 2014, citing mission creep of the colleges into university territory.
Responding to Free
By Ashley A. Smith
Community colleges across Tennessee are starting their academic year with many students who may have never thought they would attend an institution of higher learning, but who are taking advantage of the Tennessee Promise program, which offers them a free two-year college education. Although official numbers won’t be available until after the 14th day of enrollment, Tennessee Promise has 22,534 college freshmen as of the last August deadline to remain in the program, said Mike Krause, executive director of Tennessee Promise, the signature program of Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican.