University System News:
By Maggie Lee
The figures in Georgia’s budget this year are big — about $48.6 billion in state and federal money in a 259-page document. But a couple of charts will make it easy to understand. First, the revenue in Georgia’s budget, counting state and federal money, is bigger than football, but smaller than Home Depot: …Georgia’s government is divided into dozens of departments and agencies. Each one ends up with an “appropriation,” its headline budget figure. But think of spending like $1. If Georgia’s budget were $1, the only single department that would get more than a quarter is the Department of Community Health. Its books include the state’s employee insurance plan plus Medicaid — publicly subsidized insurance for low-income folks. …If Georgia’s FY 2020 budget were a dollar…University System of Ga 15.5₵ …These budgets, however, are actually in the billions. Some of it ultimately comes directly from Georgians, mostly the form of income taxes, corporate taxes and sales taxes. Some comes indirectly, in the form of money from the federal government. Of course, that’s ultimately from the taxpayer too. Some agencies have their own revenue — tuition checks are why the university system shows a lot of “agency” funds, for example.
By Matt Weeks
The Full-Time MBA Program at the Terry College of Business moved up three spots to No. 37 overall and No. 16 among public universities in the latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Since 2016, the Georgia MBA has posted the biggest gain of any program that was ranked in the U.S. News top 50, climbing 18 spots over the past three years.
U.S. News & World Report
A degree in political science can lead to a career in the public or private sector.
By Ilana Kowarski, Reporter
POLITICAL SCIENCE programs offer insight into how leaders acquire and maintain power, how social movements start and gain momentum and how governments and other institutions can be run with efficiency and transparency. Political science programs can also elucidate why voters might favor one political candidate over another and enable students to make informed predictions about the outcomes of democratic elections. Earning a degree in this discipline often involves learning highly marketable quantitative skills related to data analysis and statistics. Josh Meddaugh, an associate professor of political science and associate chair of the department of social sciences at Clayton State University in Georgia, says that prospective political science students and their parents often ask him about the careers that can be pursued with a degree in political science. Meddaugh says he usually responds to these inquiries by explaining that a political science degree is a versatile credential that can be used in many types of jobs besides those in politics or law. He notes that an education in political science cultivates analytical and rhetorical skills, which are valuable in nearly any industry.
By: Mike Wootne
The University of Georgia College of Engineering’s annual Senior Design Showcase will feature the creative designs of hundreds of students who’ve worked the past academic year to find solutions to real-world challenges. This year’s student teams have designed devices to help veterinarians diagnose and treat seizures in dogs, developed software to identify cyber threats, and created plans for infrastructure improvements in communities across Georgia. The yearlong projects are part of a capstone course that tests seniors on all the engineering concepts and skills they’ve learned and practiced during their undergraduate studies. They will present their projects on April 23 in the Tate Student Center’s Grand Hall.
From Staff Reports
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, a Public Service Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, will host a “Hire Smart: The Art and Science of Hiring” class here on Thursday. Hiring a good employee is not just about knowing the rules and preparing a comprehensive job description; there’s an art to it as well. Hire the right person, you can rule the world. Hire the wrong person, you can’t even sleep. This interactive program will weave together the hows and whys of hiring with techniques for interpreting non-verbal clues and behavioral styles. Attendees will leave with a better idea of how to find the right person for a job.
The recently-approved state budget for Georgia includes a two-percent pay raise for state employees. It’s the first in a while for them. However, some former state employees won’t get the same raise. In fact, some of the state’s retirees say they haven’t received cost of living adjustments in more than 10 years. WTOC’s Wright Gazaway sat down with the man who signs the budget to hear his message to the state’s retirees.
By AccessWDUN Staff
As of Tuesday morning, authorities still had not located the suspect who shot and critically wounded a University of Georgia student at a campus bus stop on Monday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has released a sketch of the suspect in the case, hoping someone can offer information on the suspect’s whereabouts. Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) officials have described the suspect as a black male in his 20s with dreads or twists. They ask the community to take note of a silver or gold clasp in one of his dreadlocks. He was last seen in a white early 2000 model Ford Mustang with a tan convertible roof. The victim in the case, identified by Atlanta media as Tate Prezzano, was last listed in critical but stable condition. They believed robbery was a motive in the shooting.
By Chelsea Prince
An arrest has been made in the shooting and attempted robbery of a University of Georgia lacrosse player and the armed robbery of another student, Athens-Clarke County police said. Zarren Garner, 20, of Grayson, was arrested in Gwinnett County early Tuesday morning, authorities said during a press conference. Athens-Clarke County police Chief Cleveland Spruill said they were able to identify Garner through an number of citizen tips and because of the man’s prior “low-level criminal background.”
Higher Education News:
Inside Higher Ed
The Federal Communications Commission controls licenses that could be used to bring wireless broadband internet to rural areas. But policy makers and educators are at odds over how to proceed.
By Lindsay McKenzie
Thousands of students nationwide still don’t have access to a fast and stable internet connection in their homes despite huge advances in technology in the past decade. Whether it’s a lack of technology infrastructure, particularly in rural and remote areas, or prohibitive monthly costs for high-speed internet service, students without access at home have a harder time doing homework and often fall behind their peers that do have access. Educators and policy makers have grappled with this so-called homework gap for decades as online learning became more integrated into secondary school and college curriculums. But there is now a possible solution: the Educational Broadband Service, or EBS. The EBS is a 2.5 GHz-frequency spectrum that could be used to create high-speed wireless broadband networks in rural communities, but educators and policy makers are divided over how best to achieve this.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Katherine Mangan
When U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told a young town-hall participant on CNN that she couldn’t get behind four years of free college for all, the news quickly spread. The Democratic presidential contender was breaking ranks with her party and voting “no” on free college tuition, the headlines read. Well, not exactly. The Minnesota Democrat, who has carved out a position as a centrist, was rejecting the four-year version championed by the progressive wing of her party — most notably, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont. But she supports the more limited kind of free-college proposal President Barack Obama promoted, which would have covered two years of community-college tuition. The free-college movement, which was largely pushed outside the beltway after President Trump was elected, is once again making headlines as the nation grapples with student-loan debt that has ballooned to more than $1.5 trillion.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Katherine Mangan
Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat running for president, issued a $1.25-trillion plan on Monday that would cancel most student-loan debt and make every public college free. The plan, unveiled in a blog post, would cancel up to $50,000 each in student-loan debt for 42 million Americans, wiping it out entirely for three-quarters of those borrowers. It would also allow any American to attend a two- or four-year public college “without paying a dime in tuition or fees,” Warren’s post said. The senator dismissed as “nonsense” complaints that her plan, which would cost an estimated $1.25 trillion over 10 years, was unaffordable. The cost would be more than covered, she wrote, by what she called an “ultra-millionaire tax,” a 2-percent annual tax on the 75,000 families in the United States worth at least $50 million.