University System News:
By Eric Stirgus
SAVANNAH – Tuition will rise by 2.5% this fall for full-time undergraduate students in University System of Georgia’s 26 schools this fall and mandatory fees will increase by a similar percentage for some campuses. Online tuition costs, though, will drop by 33%, officials said. The state’s Board of Regents approved the funding plan for the next school year during a meeting in Savannah. The tuition increase for full-time students will range from $35 to $125 per semester while fee increases will range between $4 to $50 per semester at 11 schools.
Eleven of 26 schools will also be allowed a limited fee increase for the coming school year.
Author: Christopher Buchanan
The University System of Georgia has approved an increase in tuition costs across the board at state colleges and universities. The Board of Regents approved a system-wide increase of 2.5 percent, which it said translates to between $35 to $125 per semester for full-time, in-state undergraduate tuition. The amount depends on the institution. “Limiting tuition increases to 2.5 percent will help enable institutions to balance the critical needs of affordability and quality for students and families,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. Wrigley added that the university system will continue working on systemwide initiatives to ensure on-time college completion, an increase in free textbooks and a reduction in student borrowing.
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In-state rate at GS rises $67, could help with enrollment-drop shortfall
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Savannah Morning News
By Ann Meyer
Despite a 2.5 percent tuition increase for undergraduates approved Tuesday, the possibility of job cuts for limited-term faculty at Georgia Southern University has spurred workers to advocate for more equity. While full-time professors could see their paychecks grow by $1,000 or more if the governor signs the fiscal 2020 budget, the lack of raises for others at Georgia Southern University has prompted United Campus Workers of Georgia to criticize the university’s “unfair pay system.” Enrollment declines have precipitated what the university is calling a 10 percent “budget redirection.” The 2.5 percent undergraduate tuition increase the Board of Regents approved Tuesday at its board meeting, which was held at Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus, should provide some relief for the university’s financial picture, but it likely won’t be enough to prevent some cuts. Tuition for graduate students will remain flat next year and a portion of the funds from the tuition increase is earmarked to cover the university portion of the 2 percent merit increase in House Bill 31, the state’s 2020 budget.
By Anthony Belinfante, The George-Anne staff
Georgia Southern University President Kyle Marrero provided an update on the Center for Engineering and Research currently undergoing construction as well as planned construction with East Georgia State College at last week’s senate meeting. In his report, Marrero discussed the $5.2 million that has helped with the funding of furniture, fixtures and equipment of the building, which is set to open fall 2020. “I know that makes science and engineering very happy to see that building coming forward,” Marrero said. Two years ago, GS received the design money to move forward with the project, and received money for construction last year, Marrero said. With the building still under development there are also plans to make EGSC more present on the GS campus.
By Bobby Poitevint
Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) students will soon work side by side with local and national businesses to improve their campus. On Wednesday, the Sumter County Development Authority donated $300,000 dollars to GSW to help with a $3.2 million dollar renovation project. The renovations will take place on the Griffin Bell Conference Center. Once renovations are complete, businesses can rent space at the conference center and work alongside aspiring GSW business students.
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Chris Downing, who has led the Georgia Institute of Technology’s economic development efforts as vice president and director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), is retiring after 31 years of service. Downing, who has led EI2 since 2016, leaves behind a decades-long legacy of leadership experience at Georgia Tech in technology-based economic development, university outreach and technical assistance, entrepreneurship and start-up support, and program management. His retirement is effective June 1, 2019. “I feel very fortunate for such a diverse and challenging career and to have shared so many good years with the Georgia Tech family, and I am very appreciative of the many faculty, staff, and students who have made my time at Georgia Tech so interesting and inspiring,” Downing said. “Although I am leaving my full-time duties, I look forward to staying connected to Georgia Tech and supporting its mission of progress and service
New conference center at Georgia Southwestern State University expected to attract entrepreneurial environment
From Staff Reports
The Sumter County Development Authority donated $300,000 Wednesday toward Georgia Southwestern State University’s new Griffin Bell Golf and Conference Center. Officials said the new conference center aligns with the SCDA’s goals of creating an attractive and supportive entrepreneurial environment for emerging and existing businesses. The center is also expected to provide a place for business owners and entrepreneurs to meet and collaborate on economic endeavors that will bring creativity and future growth to Sumter County. “As a community partner, we are proud to be a supporter of this community and work force development initiative,” Barbara Grogan, executive director of SCDA, said. “Entrepreneurs are a vital part of any community’s work force. To grow the ideas into reality, we must have a space for creativity and strategic planning.”
Members of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) traveled to Kansas City, Mo., recently to compete in a national marketing competition. Over 30 student NAMA chapters from across the nation participated in the preliminary round of the competition which was a part of the National Agri-Marketing Association’s annual conference and trade show. ABAC was one of only 12 teams to advance to the semifinal round.
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Three teams of Glynn Academy students traveled to Statesboro and competed at the 31st Annual Georgia Southern University Mathematics Tournament. There were 22 Varsity and 18 Junior Varsity Division I teams in attendance. The students completed a 90-minute written exam in the morning, followed by ciphering matches in the afternoon.
The group president said it’s to help promote reading outside of the classroom
By: Khalil Maycock
One group at Georgia Southern University is encouraging more students to read outside of the classroom. They hope the tiny library project, will do just that. The small structure sits outside of the Newton building and holds dozens of free books. It was built as a service project by Sigma Tau Delta, a chapter of the National English Honors Society. The president of the group Brady Gwynn, said the library is a way for students to pass along their favorite read to peers. It’s also a way to strike up a conversation with someone you might have never met.
Nursing student volunteers time and money to provide Easter egg hunt
From Staff Reports
Radium Springs Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students enjoyed an Easter egg hunt last week courtesy of Albany State University student Destiny Johnson. Johnson, a sophomore studying nursing, wanted to give back to her community in a unique way. She decided to host an Easter egg hunt for students at Radium Springs Elementary and coordinated the event with kindergarten teacher Sacajawea Cambron. Johnson provided hundreds of treat-filled, plastic eggs for the hunt and recruited other civic-minded ASU students to assist.
By ELLEN ELDRIDGE , VIRGINIA PRESCOTT & AMY KILEY
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects the number of people over age 65 to double by 2030, and the Alzheimer’s Association projects the disease will increase by nearly 27% in Georgia by 2025. Meanwhile, the number of people trained to care for those with cognitive and physical degeneration is not keeping up. The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is working to fill that gap. …Interview Highlights On why former first lady Rosalynn Carter focused on caregiving as an issue
Gayle: It was very personal. Her father had Leukemia and actually passed away when Mrs. Carter was only 13 years old. Then, a year later, her grandmother passed away and her grandfather moved in with them, so she not only witnessed caregiving but she’s also very much involved in the caring for family members who had chronic illnesses or frailty. Then, when the Georgia Southwestern [State University] came to her, they said, ‘We’d like to have an institute to honor you.’ She said we need to be doing something for family caregivers because she remembered how it affected her family, and that was back in 1987.
Higher Education News:
Inside Higher Ed
By Andrew Kreighbaum
The Education Department this week issued recommendations for colleges to improve the transparency of financial aid offered to students. The department’s guidance suggests college financial aid offers should:
Avoid referring to financial aid offers, which can include loans and Federal Work-Study, as “awards.”
Include the full cost of attendance.
List grant aid, loans and work-study separately.
Avoid listing Parent PLUS loans with other student loans.
Include next steps for students and families after they receive their aid offers.
Those items largely reflect the recommendations of a report last year from New America and uAspire, which found that financial aid offers from colleges used inconsistent terminology and often failed to reflect the full cost of attendance.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Goldie Blumenstyk
Is a glut of unfilled jobs — as many as seven million, depending on how you calculate — the result of a “skills gap”? The term is everywhere, but all the talk doesn’t help students who enroll in college and aspire to rewarding careers, employees who want more education to get ahead, or institutions trying to keep up with the future of work. As hiring becomes more skills-based and alternative credentials gain traction, how can the degree remain a reliable signal on the labor market? The Chronicle recently released a special report, “Career-Ready Education: Beyond the Skills Gap, Tools and Tactics for an Evolving Economy,” drawing on more than 100 interviews with educators, employers, policy makers, and students. We asked them how to add relevance to the curriculum and strengthen connections between higher education and industry without dismantling educational models or compromising principles. In the report, we explore several approaches to prepare students to start or advance their careers. Lots of colleges claim that their academic programs prepare students for employment. A new organization known as the QA Commons says: Prove it.
A college education is likely one of the biggest expenses you’ll face in your lifetime. For many, it also requires going deep into debt. Seven in 10 seniors graduate in the red, owing about $30,000 per borrower, according to the most recent data from the Institute for College Access & Success. And although total student loan debt stands at an all-time high of $1.5 trillion, the majority of graduates have no regrets — for the most part. As for whether college was worth the debt accrued, 58% of adults said yes, according to a new poll of 500 adults by GoBankingRates. Conversely, 42% said no — in part because of the impact such a significant financial commitment can have on other major milestones, such as buying a house or starting a family.