USG eclips July 30, 2015

USG Institutions:
Savannah State Receives More Than $1 Million In New Research Grants
Savannah State University (SSU) has been approved for three new grants that total $1,041,153 in funding. All three will include student researchers and focus on STEM-related fields. A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow SSU to develop and implement an undergraduate certificate program in the technical, logistical, policy, research, and commerce-related issues of the transportation industry
Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans
Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia, received a $292,340 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for student support services such as tutoring, counseling, and academic advising.
Waterloo’s Hogan on fast track to higher level education
by Diane Graff
Hogan took the pre-SAT at the end of her eighth grade year. “It was just sort of for fun,” she said. However, after taking the test, she began receiving mail from various colleges. One brochure explained an early enrollment program that enables students to enroll in colleges two years early. Hogan said she had never heard of such programs, but she and her parents began researching and decided she should apply. She said school had always been easy. “I wanted a challenge,” she said. After being accepted to early entrance programs at five different schools, Hogan decided to attend the University of West Georgia Advanced Academy – an early enrollment program run under the Honors College.
Forsyth County school system welcomes its new teachers
By Kayla Robins
CUMMING — Some have been teaching for years. Others will step into their first classroom as the boss next Thursday. They total 319, and they’re all different people with different teaching styles, hailing from all over the country. But they have one thing in common: they’re new educators to the Forsyth County school system for the 2015-16 school year. …“We have 28 paraprofessionals appointed to teachers, 42 of you were former Forsyth County substitutes and 27 are returning Forsyth County teachers,” Bearden said. “We have a number of new educators who are coming from 16 states outside of Georgia, with the most coming from North Carolina. And we also have five married couples in our group.” The district hired 48 teachers directly from college, most of whom are graduates of the University of North Georgia (14) and the University of Georgia (13).
College student housing still a growth market
by Blake Giles
More than 12,000 college students sleep every night in a bed that Oconee County High grad James Whitley helped situate. Obviously, he can’t tuck in 12,000 students a night, but his work with Landmark Properties helps assure that those students live in a clean, desirable apartment while pursuing an education. Whitley is vice president and chief operating officer for Athens-based Landmark Properties, one of the nation’s largest college housing development and management companies. Whitley is one of the 40 University of Georgia alumni named to the 2015 class of “40 under 40,” recognizing “exceptional young alumni who are achieving great success in their professional and personal endeavors.” Landmark is known in Athens for The Retreat, The Retreat South, The Station, The Standard and 909 Broad, which accounts for 576 units and 1,613 beds in the University of Georgia market. It is building The Mark on the old Armstrong & Dobbs site, another 300 units and 928 beds.
10 Reasons Why I Am Proud to Be ‘From Atlanta’
I have never been more proud to say that I started –and stayed — in Atlanta, Georgia to build my businesses and career.
BY ERIC HOLTZCLAW Company strategist
I am an Atlanta native and have spent my entire career in Atlanta. I started at IBM before diving fully into the world of entrepreneurship and startups. In recent years, the city has exploded with startup activity and an energy I have never experienced before. I did a little digging just to see how hot “Hotlanta” is and found the following reasons the rest of the country should be paying attention to my hometown: Reason 1: Incubators and Accelerators: to include the Advanced Technology Development Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, considered by Forbes magazine as one of the 12 business incubators changing the world, and Atlanta Tech Village, a 103,000 square foot mecca for the startup community that boasts events like the Atlanta Startup Village each month attracting more than 500 individuals involved in the startup scene. Reason 2: Higher Education: The acclaimed higher education system in Metro Atlanta and the city’s international prominence seeds the regional innovation community. From 2007 to 2011, Atlanta area universities, including Georgia Tech, Emory and Georgia State filed more than 3400 invention disclosures and received over 500 U.S. patents.

Higher Education News:
How to Simplify the Fafsa? Student-Aid Officials’ Group Weighs In
by Andy Thomason
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is out with recommendations for how to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa. Making the application less cumbersome is a popular cause, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the College Board, and the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s education committee, Lamar Alexander, among others. In a report released on Thursday, the student-aid administrators’ group recommended that the Fafsa be made into a three-tiered process that would, in effect, require low-income students to answer fewer questions than wealthier ones.
Obama’s Ed Chief: $1.4 Trillion In Student Debt Isn’t That Big Of A Deal
Duncan said low graduation rates were a bigger problem than student debt.
Shahien Nasiripour
Chief Financial and Regulatory Correspondent, The Huffington Post
The Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and other federal financial regulators are all worried that the rise in student debt risks slowing economic growth. Bankers worry it’ll lead to a decline in other types of lending. Some policymakers are concerned it will hurt home sales, cause a decline in new small businesses and result in lower retirement savings. Voters are concerned, too, which has led 2016 presidential aspirants to talk about student debt on the stump. Even Donald Trump claims he’s worried. But Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary, thinks that’s all overblown. Instead, Americans should be more worried about how few people are earning college degrees, Duncan argued in a Monday speech in Baltimore.
3 Themes From a Senate Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault
By Sarah Brown
A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday played host to a wide-ranging discussion of campus sexual assault, and one question factored prominently into the two-hour-plus session: What can the federal government do better when it comes to colleges and sexual assault?
Senators Push for Confidential Advisers to Campus Assault Survivors
by Catherine Morris
A Senate committee discussed possible responses to campus sexual assault at a hearing Wednesday. Campus sexual assault has become a key issue across the country. The current system by which universities and colleges respond to sexual assault has its detractors. In a number of prominent cases, victims and alleged perpetrators alike say that the process by which institutions investigate allegations of sexual assault are opaque and unfair. Colleges and universities, however, are bound to those processes due to federal legislation such as Title IX and the Cleary Act.