USG e-clips for June 28, 2022

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University system economic impact grows to $19.3 billion

by Dave Williams

The University System of Georgia (USG) generated an economic impact of $19.3 billion across the state during the last fiscal year, up $700 million – or 3.8% – over fiscal 2020. That economic impact translated into 152,629 full- and part-time jobs, about a third of which were on campus and two-thirds off campus. “USG institutions and the system as a whole are key contributors to our state and an economic engine for communities in every region of Georgia,” system Chancellor Sonny Perdue said Monday. “That economic impact continues to climb.”

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Gwinnett Daily Post

University system economic impact grows to $19.3 billion


University System of Georgia: Economic Impact Grows to $19.3 Billion

Albany Herald

University System of Georgia’s economic impact grows to $19.3 billion


University System of Georgia’s economic impact grows to $19.3 billion

Henry Herald

University system economic impact grows to $19.3 billion

The Brunswick News

University system economic impact grows to $19.3 billion

WGAU Radio

UNG economic impact tops $750 million

“This report shows that UNG continues to be a positive catalyst for economic growth”

By Tim Bryant

A new study from the state Board of Regents assesses the annual economic impact of the University of North Georgia, saying UNG had a fiscal footprint of more than $755 million in 2021, up more than four percent from 2020.

From Clark Leonard, UNG…

The impact includes $722.8 million in spending and jobs and an additional $32.4 million impact attributed to capital construction projects. The annual study of the University System of Georgia’s economic impact measures direct and indirect spending that contributes to the university’s service region.

The Georgia Virtue

Report: Economic Impact Of Georgia Southern Tops 9,600 Jobs

By Jessica Szilagyi

A report released this week by the University System of Georgia suggests that Georgia Southern’s economic impact on the community tops 9,600 jobs and more than $1 billion in total output production for the region. …In terms of rank on impact of the community, Georgia Southern ranked second among Comprehensive Universities, just behind Kennesaw State University, and sixth overall after the top four research universities in the state.

Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Gwinnett College had nearly $513 million local economic impact in FY 2021

By Curt Yeomans

Even as the area was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020 and early 2021, Georgia Gwinnett College continued to have a big impact on the local economy. In fact, that impact was just over half a billion dollars. The college announced on Monday that it had a nearly $513 million impact on Gwinnett County economy as well as the economy of surrounding parts of metro Atlanta during fiscal year 2021, according to data commissioned by the University System of Georgia. GGC’s impact in  FY 2021 was up by $4.5 million from the impact it had in FY 2020, according to school officials.


USG Chancellor Sonny Perdue visits Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

by FOX 31 Staff

University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue visited Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Monday for a chat with future ABAC students and a long conversation with ABAC President David Bridges on his perspective after serving 16 years as the ABAC President. “ABAC has always been a great place,” Perdue told students in the Donaldson Dining Hall who were on campus for a fall semester orientation session. “I don’t think I have ever met an ABAC graduate who didn’t like it here.” Perdue eased around the dining hall, chatting with students and their parents. He even had a chance encounter with friends from Houston County where Perdue lives. “It’s always a special day when we get to host the Chancellor at ABAC,” Bridges said. “I believe he realizes the key role that ABAC plays in the University System of Georgia.”


His family service goes back to the Revolutionary War. Meet Columbus State’s interim president

By Mark Rice

Although the retirement date for Chris Markwood to end his seven years as president of Columbus State University is June 30, University System of Georgia vice chancellor for organizational effectiveness John Fuchko started working full-time on campus June 1 as CSU’s leadership transitions to Fuchko officially becoming interim president July 1. Fuchko, 44, grew up in Kennesaw, where he was homeschooled K-12. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kennesaw State University, a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Georgia. For USG, he’s been in charge of the system’s enterprise risk management, compliance and ethics, athletics oversight, strategic implementation and accreditation. He previously worked as USG chief audit officer and vice chancellor for internal audit. He also oversaw three consolidations of USG institutions. His other jobs have included audit and compliance positions with the USG Board of Regents and the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. But he’s more than a bunch of academic degrees and professional experience. So here’s the Ledger-Enquirer’s Top 5 Fun Facts about John M. Fuchko III.

WGAU Radio

UGA Foundation elects new trustees, creates scholarships

“The UGA Foundation has soared to new heights across all of its committees”

By James Hataway, UGA Media Relations

The University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees elected new board members and created a scholarship fund recognizing a UGA staff member at the board’s annual meeting at UGA’s Delta Hall in Washington, D.C. Last fall, the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees created a Distinguished Service Award recognizing a long-serving UGA employee or volunteer who the board deems to have a record of impactful and selfless service to others. The board allocates $100,000 from the foundation’s unrestricted operating surplus to establish a student scholarship in the honoree’s name. Karin Lichey Usry, UGA director of board relations, was named the Distinguished Service Award winner at the annual meeting. … Usry’s need-based scholarship will give preference to students studying entomology, a focus of Usry’s family business, Southland Organics.

WGAU Radio

Ossoff in Athens to meet with ag leaders at UGA

Other stops this week include Norcross, Albany

By Tim Bryant

Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff speaks today at UGA, talking agriculture in a session set to start at 10:45 this morning. Democrat Ossoff follows his stop in Athens with an afternoon visit to the Georgia Poultry Lab in Gainesville.

From the office of Ga Senator Jon Ossoff…

This week, U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff will brief leaders across the state on his work to strengthen mental health care services for servicemembers and veterans, support Georgia’s farmers, and strengthen pediatric-focused emergency services.

Columbus CEO

Championships, PBC Commissioner’s Cup Part of the Well-rounded CSU Student-athlete Experience

Staff Report

When you’re a college-level student-athlete, three goals are understood: make good grades, win games and claim championships. Sometimes, the order of those change, but the message is clear—at Columbus State University, whether on the fields and courts where they play, or in the classrooms where they learn, student-athletes always strive for excellence. This academic year, CSU student-athletes proved to the Peach Belt Conference that they are the best, as evidenced by receiving the 2021-22 PBC Commissioner’s Cup. This is the seventh time the Cougars have captured the award—setting a new conference record.

Tifton CEO

Trent Hester Selected as Leadership and Engagement Coordinator at ABAC

Staff Report

Trent Hester has been selected as the first ever Leadership and Engagement Coordinator at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. In his role, Hester oversees ABAC’s orientations, Welcome Week, and Student Engagement Programs (STEPS). Internships, Study Abroad, and Mentored Research are included in STEPS. “I also assist with the ABAC Ambassadors, and I am always happy to help in any area in need,” Hester said. A Sale City native, Hester holds a baccalaureate degree in Writing and Communication from ABAC and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of North Georgia, where he is researching the impact of the student conduct process on student retention.

Savannah CEO

Dr. Stuart Tedders of Georgia Southern University Talks About Public Health

Dr. Stuart Tedders is Dean of College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. He talks about COVID and how that has brought more awareness to public health and how it impacts your daily decisions.

Savannah CEO

Dr. Amir Jamal Toure on Celebrating an Empowering Culture & History of Savannah

Dr. Amir Jamal Toure is with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center at Georgia Southern University. He talks about preserving the history of the region and the repository available in the area.

Higher Ed Dive

New student housing slows from pace seen in 2010s

Mary Salmonsen, Reporter

Dive Brief:

Private developers are slated to deliver just 26,000 new student housing beds near universities across the country in fall 2022, a pullback from the 40,000 to 50,000 pace seen in the 2010s, according to data and analytics firm RealPage. Across the 175 colleges and universities tracked by RealPage, 43 will receive new student housing inventory in fall 2022. The University of Washington tops the list with 2,116 new beds expected, followed by Virginia Tech with 1,920, Indiana University with 1,570, and Clemson University with 1,396. Broward College’s central campus in Davie, Florida, ranks lowest with 96 beds among schools with new deliveries. “The pandemic’s impact on permitting and funding coupled with other challenges … have resulted in construction tapering off at many schools,” Carl Whitaker, director of research and analysis, market analytics at RealPage, said. More than 100 schools will see no new beds this year, in line with normal conditions for the student housing industry, Whitaker said.

News Medical Life Sciences

Prebiotic fiber inulin offers a protective effect against the damage of high-salt diet

New research in rats finds a diet high in the prebiotic fiber inulin offered a protective effect against the damage of a high-salt diet. The research will be presented this week at the American Physiological Society (APS) and American Society for Nephrology Control of Renal Function in Health and Disease conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. Inulin is a prebiotic dietary fiber common in fiber supplements and found in foods like onions, artichokes and chicory root. Prebiotic fibers like inulin are not absorbed by the body but instead move to the large intestine where it is fermented by the healthy bacteria of the microbiome. Studies are increasingly showing links between byproducts of this fermentation and physiological processes in the body. In the current study, researchers from Augusta University in Georgia used a rat model of salt-sensitive high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease to study the effects of this fiber.

The Red & Black

UGA research shows thriving monarch populations in North America

Micahya Costen

Research co-authored by two professors at the University of Georgia has recently shown that monarch butterflies, a species previously believed to be in jeopardy due to shrinking winter colonies, have had relatively stable populations over the past 25 years. The recent study compiled over 135,000 data points collected from individual monarch observations between the years of 1993 and 2018. While true that butterfly populations decline in the winter, research proved that population growth during the summer months compensated for any decline due to winter weather or other changing environmental factors. Despite widespread belief of a diminishing butterfly population, the opposite was true.

Supply Chain Management Review

LM Podcast Series: SMC3’s Tillman provides overview of logistics education and career development

In a podcast recording, LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman interviewed Joe Tillman, manager of education programs for SMC3.

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor · June 27, 2022

In this podcast, Joe Tillman, manager of education programs for SMC3, provided an overview of various aspects of logistics education and career development, including: the role that SMC³ is taking for career/professional development; trends in career/professional development; logistics as a career path for new and seasoned professionals; trends in supply chain/logistics employment; and hard (technical) vs soft (branding) skills development. Joe Tillman is the manager of education programs for SMC3. Joe has a keen interest in all things supply chain and uses his high-energy approach to life to author articles and write blogs for industry publications, and to speak to supply chain industry conferences and groups.

… Joe is certified in transportation and logistics by AST&L, SCOR-Professional certified by the Supply Chain Council, both now part of APICS/ASCM, and certified in less than truckload transportation by SMC³. He has an MBA from Georgia Southern University with an emphasis in Logistics and Organizational Performance. He also holds a BS in Geography from the University of Georgia.

Statesboro Herald

‘Rally for Roe 2.0’ set for Saturday at Courthouse

From staff reports

The Young Democrats at Georgia Southern University, Students with Disabilities Advocacy Group and Madeline Ryan Smith for Georgia will hold a reproductive rights rally 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Bulloch County Courthouse. “Rally for Roe 2.0 is the public’s opportunity to protest against the Supreme Court’s official overturning of Roe vs. Wade,” said Jill King, president of the Students with Disabilities Advocacy Group at Georgia Southern. “Roe vs. Wade was a historic ruling that would’ve been 50 years old in 2023, causing great upset at its official overturning on June 24.”


22-year-old shot, killed at Georgia State off-campus apartments

A man is dead after being shot in an off-campus apartment near Georgia State. Police told Channel 2′s Larry Spruill a 22-year-old was shot and killed inside of his apartment. Yugo Atlanta Summerhill apartments, formerly known as Aspen Heights apartments, are across the street from the Georgia State stadium.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sent Away

When students in crisis ask for help, will they be kicked off campus? Depends on the college.

…Placing a student struggling with mental health on medical leave, a policy found on many college campuses, does not necessarily facilitate recovery, experts contend. In fact, some worry that the policies — which vary widely from campus to campus — may have the opposite of their intended effect: permitting a college’s most vulnerable students to fall through the cracks. …A Chronicle review of policies at the 100 colleges ranked highest by U.S. News & World Report revealed that they are almost evenly split on whether they include a provision for involuntary medical withdrawal. That lack of consensus among these colleges, which tend to have more resources to devote to mental-health care and are more frequently the subject of landmark disability-rights litigation, highlights the deep-seated nature of disagreements about how best to help students in crisis.

Inside Higher Ed

Dual Enrollment and State Lines

What should the rules be?

By Matt Reed

A new report from the Education Commission of the States offers food for thought in comparing ground rules for dual enrollment programs in different states.  It’s worth checking out. The question that immediately drew my attention was about whether a given state allows out-of-state providers to participate in dual enrollment programs in its public high schools.  According to the report, more states don’t allow that than do, but many states don’t have rules on it one way or the other.  (If you prefer, they allow it by not disallowing it.) …They aren’t just with community colleges, either.  Public and private four-year schools routinely compete in the dual enrollment space, including some from out of state.  Frustratingly, a few of the wealthier ones offer dual enrollment credits as loss leaders, making it difficult for the locally-supported community college to compete.

Inside Higher Ed


The Loan Repayment Pause Is Welfare for the Rich

The 30-month pause on student loan payments is astoundingly regressive, Andrew Gillen writes.

Andrew Gillen

Student loan repayments have been paused since March 2020 and aren’t scheduled to resume until September, meaning that students have been spared from making payments for 30 months as a pandemic relief measure. And President Biden is widely expected to extend the pause to avoid restarting payments just months before an election, just as former president Trump did prior to the 2020 elections. We won’t know just how much former students benefited from the pause until many years down the road, because only in retrospect can we determine if they repaid their loans in full. If they eventually repay in full, the pause will amount to an interest-free loan for 30 months (the pause also waived interest). But many students will not repay in full.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Oh, the Places They’ll Go With a Ph.D.

By Audrey Williams June

It’s that season when scholars are busy preparing to enter the academic job market — a path that has long been unpredictable for new Ph.D. recipients, especially those who want to be tenure track professors. But federal data shows that over a three-decade period, a growing number of people with doctoral degrees are finding work in other sectors. Of the roughly 19,500 Ph.D. recipients in 2020 who said they had accepted jobs in the United States, almost 40 percent of them were set to work in academe, according to the most recent Survey of Earned Doctorates. That’s down from 51.5 percent in 1990. During that same 30-year period, the share of Ph.D.s planning to work in industry rose from 21.9 percent to 40 percent — a jump of 18.1 percentage points.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Academic Freedom’s Proxy Wars

Professors with unpopular views are being punished for unrelated infractions. That’s terrifying.

By Suzanne Nossel

This month the legal scholar Ilya Shapiro, hired to run the Center on the Constitution at Georgetown’s law school, announced in an op-ed that he was declining that post for fear of being set up for a “slow-motion firing.” Just before his original start date, in February, Shapiro had tweeted a criticism of the Biden administration for planning to appoint a “lesser black woman” to the U.S. Supreme Court rather than a candidate Shapiro considered more qualified. The tweet was racist and sexist, and it prompted campus protests and a university investigation that delayed Shapiro’s installation. In time, Georgetown’s investigation absolved Shapiro, on the grounds that he was not yet an employee at the time of the tweet. Yet Shapiro concluded that he was a marked man, and that some other transgression would eventually be found to justify his ouster.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

NCAA Issues Report to Mark 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Lois Elfman

On the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issued “The State of Women in College Sports” to illustrate the participation gains for female student-athletes as well as the ongoing inequalities. The report also provides data on the disparities that women of color face when trying to access college sports both as student-athletes and as coaches and administration. Data for this report came from multiple NCAA resources. The NCAA does not enforce Title IX but does provide information and resources for member institutions. Amy Wilson Title IX is just 37 words. “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” It was not specifically designed to apply to college sports, but that is where its greatest impact has been.

Inside Higher Ed

Growing Participation, Widening Funding Gap

A report from the National Collegiate Athletic Association finds women’s participation in college sports is growing—but so is the funding gap between men’s and women’s programs.

By Sara Weissman

Women are participating in college sports at higher rates than in the past, but men’s participation still outpaces women’s—and the funding gap between women’s and men’s programs continues to widen, according to a recent report by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The report, released Thursday by the NCAA inclusion office, marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs that receive federal funds and is well-known for opening up opportunities in college women’s sports.