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Savannah Morning News

Former chairman, Savannah native Don Waters resigns from Georgia Board of Regents post

Will Peebles

Savannahian Don Waters, who has served on the Georgia Board of Regents since 2013, has resigned, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Thursday. Kemp nominated Patrick Jones to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to fill the vacated seat representing the First Congressional District. Waters was first appointed to the Board on March 1, 2013, by then-Gov. Nathan Deal. He was appointed as the board’s chairman for a one-year term in 2018.

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Valdosta Today

USG Board of Regent resigns, replacement announced

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

University of Georgia to elevate computer science with new school

By Vanessa McCray

The University of Georgia’s fast-growing computer science department will soon become its own school. The move to create a new School of Computing will boost the university’s computer science offerings and enable stronger partnerships with other academic areas such as engineering, a UGA spokesman said. UGA’s new school will administer its bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science. It also will administer a master’s program in cybersecurity and privacy. The computing school launches Friday.

Venture Beat

Top 10 cybersecurity colleges in the U.S. in 2022

Anyone with a degree in cybersecurity is likely to be in high demand. There are millions of job vacancies for cybersecurity specialists as organizations face a general shortage of talent in this area. Thus, it is a very good time to enter the field. As a result, salaries are high and getting higher. Entry-level positions for cybersecurity begin above $50,000. …The good news is that there are plenty of colleges offering excellent cybersecurity training programs. The best ones provide a firm foundation in cybersecurity combined with hands-on training, lab work and knowledge of high-level security concepts such as risk, governance and privacy.   Those considering different college cybersecurity training options are advised to pay attention to the amount of practical work that is given to students. …Top cybersecurity degree colleges

Here are our picks for the top cybersecurity training available from colleges across the U.S.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech has a 400-acre campus in the heart of Atlanta. Being a state institution, fees are lower. As well as in Atlanta, it has additional campuses in Savannah, and overseas in France, Ireland, Costa Rica, Singapore and China. While not so well known as Silicon Valley and the Northern Virginia Tech Corridor, Atlanta has a thriving tech scene. It is also home to the headquarters of a great many Fortune 50 companies. The Georgia Tech Research Institute is funded by both government and industry. In addition, the area’s film industry now competes with Hollywood. Job opportunities are becoming more frequent in movie and TV companies as well as entertainment startups.  The Georgia Tech School of Cybersecurity and Privacy offers specialties such as cloud security, cryptography, cyber-physical systems, forensics, and malware.


‘Living building’ I Atlanta produces double the energy it needs

The Kendeda Building on Georgia Tech’s campus is a prime example of a fully-certified living building, which is designed to give more to nature than it takes.

Albany Herald

Chris Beckham named new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College marketing director

From staff reports

Chris Beckham has been selected as the new Director of Marketing and Communications at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Beckham is the former managing editor of The Tifton Gazette, the former general manager of WTIF Radio, and the former vice president of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce. He is presently the executive director of Legacy Village Assisted Living. “Chris is well-known in Tifton and in all of south Georgia because of his experience with the media and his involvement in community events,” ABAC President David Bridges said. “I believe he will be an excellent addition to the public relations office at ABAC.” Beckham currently serves as president of the Tifton Rotary Club and is a member of ABAC’s Stafford School of Business Advisory Committee. For six years, he was a member of the Tift County Tourism Outreach and Marketing Group.


UWG unveils permanent home for art collection inspired by Carrollton GreenBelt

By Colton Campbell Special To The Times-Georgian

With the Carrollton GreenBelt in view, the University of West Georgia recently unveiled the permanent home for an art collection that celebrates the beauty of the GreenBelt and the opportunity for community-building it represents. UWG’s Ingram Library is now home to “More than a Trail: Exploring the GreenBelt,” a 52-piece collection of paintings and drawings by artist Greg Crimmins that captures the flora and fauna of the 18-mile biking, running and walking trail.

Rome News-Tribune

UWG, Georgia Highlands College sign psychology path partnership

Leaders from the University of West Georgia and Georgia Highlands College recently signed a partnership agreement that will provide a streamlined path for psychology students between the two institutions. “At the University of West Georgia, we make distinct contributions to the industries that hire the professionals who graduate from our psychology programs,” said Dr. Brendan B. Kelly, UWG’s president. “To curate a first-choice institution, we will continue to be an intellectual and economic engine in our state through agreements like this. Our mutually beneficial partnership with GHC, a sister institution in the University System of Georgia, optimizes resources to offer the students we serve the educational opportunities they need to thrive.” Students who earn an Associate of Arts degree in psychology from GHC will benefit from a seamless transition into the Bachelor of Science degree in psychology offered in UWG’s College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry, decreasing the amount of time it could take to earn their baccalaureate degree.

WGAU Radio

UGA rolls out study abroad program in Israel

“I was struck by how adamant everyone was about leaning into the support systems and communities surrounding them”

By Tim Bryant

The University of Georgia announces a new study abroad program that will send UGA students to Israel. The first group of students is studying in Tel Aviv.

From J. Merritt Melancon, UGA Today…

Perched on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is a beautiful place to visit or live. It turns out it’s an even better place to start a business. The city has become one of the world’s tech startup capitals, boasting 154 startups per capita. Those numbers mean no matter where you go, you’re bound to meet someone with the experience of getting a new idea off the ground. That ecosystem of entrepreneurship is what drew the University of Georgia’s first cohort of Entrepreneurship Program students more than 6,000 miles from Athens to Tel Aviv this May. They spent weeks studying the social and institutional infrastructure that supports one of the world’s busiest startup hubs.


Georgia Southern University: Georgia Southern Chorale Participating In International Competition In Germany

The Georgia Southern Chorale, a choir of 30 students from Georgia Southern University, is preparing for a 14-day trip to Germany that begins on July 4. While there, the students will participate in the “Sing Berlin!” international choir competition, featuring professional, university and community choirs from around the world. The choir qualified thanks to success in previous international competitions. …This competition continues a Georgia Southern legacy of connecting its students to international markets. For some in the group, this trip creates unlikely bookends for their collegiate careers.

Athens CEO

UGA Student-designed Park Comes to Life for Hart County Archway Partnership

Baker Owens

When Hartwell residents turned out in May to install plants at the site of a new downtown park, UGA alumna Elizabeth Crimmins was right there alongside them in the dirt. Crimmins, a student from Chattanooga who earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the UGA College of Environment and Design in May, designed the Hartwell Park as part of her work as a graduate assistant with the Archway Partnership. “The inspiration for Railroad Street Park’s design came from the site’s significant role in Hartwell’s history,” Crimmins said. “Many generations of community members have interacted with this site over time, and I wanted to create a space that allows future generations to feel connected to its history through interpretation and materiality.” Crimmins is among a steady stream of UGA students who have traveled to Hart County in recent years to help the community with projects designed to boost tourism, increase workforce development and education opportunities, improve residents’ quality of life and prepare for growth.

Americus Times-Recorder

Georgia Southwestern contributes over $103 million economic impact to region, up 15 percent from previous year

By Ken Gustafson

Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) economic impact on the region was $103.2 million in fiscal year 2021, up 15 percent from last year at $89 million. The University System of Georgia (USG) and its 26 institutions served as a significant source of stability and played a critical role in the state’s recovery with a $19.3 billion statewide economic impact. While the USG’s overall economic impact was up 3.8 percent from fiscal year 2020, GSW had the largest percentage increase from a single institution in the system at 15 percent. The new detailed report released by the USG revealed that GSW generated 1,102 full- and part-time jobs.

Augusta CEO

Augusta University Adds $2.24 Billion, Over 21,000 Jobs to Georgia Economy

Milledge Austin

Augusta University and AU Health provided a $2.24 billion boost to the state economy in fiscal year 2021, according to a new report from the University System of Georgia. The AU/UGA Medical Partnership’s Athens Campus contributes $26.5 million to the economy, as well as 276 jobs, while the Albany (Southwest Campus), Savannah and Brunswick (Southeast Campus), and Rome and Dalton (Northwest Campus) clinical campuses add roughly $4.8 million in economic boost, along with 52 jobs. “Augusta University and AU Health are proud to provide employment and economic growth, not only in the Augusta region, but also throughout Georgia,” said Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD. “We are grateful for all our students, faculty and staff who help us fulfill our mission as the state’s sole public academic medical center, and we are looking forward to continuing this trend well into the future.”

Marietta Daily Journal

KSU economic impact increases to more than $1.8 billion in fiscal 2021

Staff reports

Kennesaw State University had an economic impact of $1.84 billion on Georgia in fiscal year 2021, according to a University System of Georgia report released this week. Kennesaw State’s economic impact in fiscal year 2021 marked an 11.6% increase from $1.65 billion the previous year, while the University System of Georgia’s economic impact grew by 3.8% over fiscal year 2020. The total impact of all 26 USG institutions on their local communities was $19.3 billion in fiscal 2021, up from $18.6 billion in fiscal year 2020. KSU’s personnel and operating expenses, combined with education-related spending by students, accounted for nearly $1.15 billion of its total fiscal 2021 economic impact. The remaining $650 million+ resulted from the institution, its employees and students purchasing goods and services in the community, such as at restaurants and retail stores.

Georgia Recorder

Georgia teacher raises, anti-CRT law, needs-based college aid take effect in July

By: Ross Williams

The calendar for 2022 is officially halfway complete, but for state officials, a new year is just beginning. July 1 starts a new fiscal year for the state of Georgia, bringing in a new budget and the effective date of laws passed earlier in the year, including many that will affect how Georgia public school students learn.

…Gov. Brian Kemp signed a $30.2 billion state budget in May, representing a $2.9 billion increase from the prior year. Those extra dollars mean extra cash for many in Georgia’ government, including a $5,000 raise for all state employees. … July 1 is also the launch date for several high-profile new laws passed during this year’s legislative session, including the controversial ban on so-called divisive topics expected to make teaching America’s racial history trickier to navigate. …July also marks the official end to Georgia colleges’ free speech zones, areas reserved for protests and proselytizing. Under House Bill 1, colleges will need to allow students, faculty and invited guests to exercise their First Amendment rights anywhere on campus, with content-neutral restrictions on time and place. …The Georgia Board of Regents voted in May to update its policies to be in line with the new law.

Medical Xpress

Refugees at higher risk for persistent infections

by Jennifer L Reynolds, University of Georgia

The destruction caused by war is evident both in its toll to human life and its impact on infrastructure. Those who are lucky enough to escape violence face many challenges, from finding a safe place to live to securing employment, but another threat could further jeopardize their ability to survive—an increased risk of illness. University of Georgia Assistant Professor Issmat Kassem recently led an authoritative study that examined how refugee populations are affected by infectious diseases.


Puerto Rico’s conundrum: Shortage of affordable housing and slow reconstruction

Nicole Acevedo

A growing affordable housing crisis and a slow post-hurricane reconstruction process have created a precarious situation for residents in Puerto Rico nearly five years after Hurricane Maria damaged 60 percent of occupied housing units on the island. …After years of analyzing the impact that high “pending housing need” patterns had in San Juan metropolitan area neighborhoods with a high concentration of poor families, the researchers saw higher levels of deterioration in these communities, furthering socioeconomic segregation. “We found that worrisome,” Lamba-Nieves said. “These kinds of programs are supposed to serve those who lack home insurance, the most disadvantaged, to help them with immediate housing needs post-disaster.” With the help of Elora Lee Raymond from Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, the Center for a New Economy is currently working on a research project measuring the displacement caused by unmet housing needs in Puerto Rico. Access to jobs, education and safety often decrease for residents living in communities that are rapidly deteriorating, according to the analysis.

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Inside Higher Ed

Repairing the Road for Returning Students

Colleges need to remove barriers to re-enroll more of the millions of adults who have some college but no degree, Jorge Salas writes.

By Jorge Salas

More than two years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, colleges and universities of nearly every size and type have seen the erosion of student enrollment, with the impacts especially severe among students from underserved communities. Nationally, nearly one million fewer students have enrolled in higher education since the pandemic began. The recent wave of declining enrollment has collided with another long-running trend: the demographic cliff. The number of first-year student prospects starting college at 18 years old is expected to decrease by 15 percent or more due to a declining birth rate that began in 2008 during the Great Recession. To stabilize enrollment and ensure their long-term viability going forward, institutions of higher education must look beyond the declining pool of first-time, full-time learners and place their focus on the estimated 36 million students in the U.S. with some college credit but no degree.

Inside Higher Ed

Overhauling Mental Health

Cal State Long Beach is launching an ambitious series of mental health initiatives that pair students and administrators with practitioners and community members to make resources more accessible.

By Maria Carrasco

The COVID-19 pandemic only intensified Fidel Vasquez’s interest in mental health. A third-year student at California State University, Long Beach, Vasquez graduated high school in the spring of 2020 and started college—remotely—that fall. “I wanted to be involved in mental health, in terms of just being a student during the pandemic,” Vasquez said. “I just didn’t feel like a university student, and I didn’t feel connected to my campus.” Now Vasquez is playing a role in the university’s “mental health overhaul,” a new strategic plan titled “Healthy Living at the Beach” that includes more than 60 mental health initiatives to be implemented over the next three years. Beth Lesen, vice president of student affairs and author of the plan, said each of the initiatives falls under one of five objectives: diversity and inclusion, building a community on and off campus, increasing awareness of mental health services, making mental health services more accessible, and using technology to reach students.

Inside Higher Ed

Higher Ed Asset Management Lacks Diversity

Colleges have increasingly emphasized the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in recent years—but not necessarily in the firms managing their assets, a new study finds.

By Josh Moody

How diverse are the asset management firms managing the endowments of the 50 wealthiest U.S. colleges and universities? That’s a question the Knight Foundation set out to answer—but one that remains unclear, since 34 of the 50 wealthiest institutions aren’t willing to talk about it. The research, which looks at the top 25 public and top 25 private universities, provides an incomplete picture, given the underwhelming participation of institutions. Four colleges self-reported data, leaving only 12 universities that provided asset manager rosters to the researchers. But if an answer can be pulled from the limited data: their asset management firms are not very diverse at all.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Columbia U. Won’t Submit Data to ‘U.S. News’ Rankings After Professor Alleged False Information

By Sarah Brown

Columbia University will not submit data to U.S. News & World Report for the next edition of its college rankings, the provost announced on Thursday, citing an active institutional review prompted by allegations that the university had provided false data to the magazine. Columbia was tied for second — with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — in the 2022 edition of the national-university rankings. Michael Thaddeus, a professor of mathematics at Columbia, this year accused the university of submitting inaccurate information to U.S. News. Colleges self-report many data points to the magazine. Thaddeus published a lengthy analysis on his faculty page, comparing Columbia’s data on the U.S. News site, upon which the rankings are based, with figures he pulled from the university’s online directories of classes and faculty members. He told The Chronicle that he identified discrepancies in the U.S. News data on class sizes, the percentage of full-time faculty members with doctorates or other terminal degrees, and the amount that the university spends on instruction.

Higher Ed Dive

How a new online platform aims to expand HBCU digital learning

A UNCF executive talks about efforts to launch HBCUv, an “online learning ecosystem” for historically Black colleges and universities.

Rick Seltzer, Senior Editor

Earlier this year, UNCF announced it is developing an online platform, HBCUv, with the vision that it will have classes taught by the country’s best Black minds. The way UNCF, which advocates for private historically Black colleges and universities, is pursuing the project is also notable.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Transgender Students, Title IX Changes Could Reopen Doors Closed Under Trump

By Kate Hidalgo Bellows

…Transgender-rights experts and Title IX coordinators say the new rules would be a positive step in making their campuses more inclusive. The rules would allow trans students to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity, prohibit bullying based on gender identity, and ensure students are referred to with the correct pronouns. Colleges found in violation of Title IX could be investigated and risk losing federal funding. Notably, the proposed rules do not address the participation of transgender students in sports. The Biden administration has said that a separate notice of proposed rulemaking will address that issue, which has become a political football for state lawmakers.