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University of North Georgia begins first full year as consolidated university

Special to SEGAZINE

With the four campuses combined, the college has about 15,000 students, making it the state’s seventh-largest public university.
Source: Gainesville Times

Georgia College takes new approach to ‘common reading’
For the first time, first-year students were asked to watch a film instead of reading a specific book — “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Gordon County BOE tallies cost of state reductions over ten years
Over ten years, state reductions have cost the Gordon County BOE $40 million.
Source: Calhoun Times

Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Bragg addresses freshman class at GRU
The inaugural freshman class heard from Bragg at their convocation; Bragg is now a professor of writing at the University of Alabama.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday

UGA ranked #5 in AP preseason college football poll
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

State Board of Regents upholds tenure revocation for UGA professor
James Barsness, an internationally known painter and former UGA professor, had his tenure revoked for having sex in a public place with a student under his supervision at UGA’s Costa Rica study abroad program.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Calhoun City BOE gets grant to boost counseling
Federal officials say the funds will be used by the Calhoun City Board of Education to expand and improve counseling services for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

The five medical colleges in Georgia plan on expanding enrollment 
One example: The GRU/UGA Medical Partnership campus in Athens was planned after the state ranked so low in physicians per capita and as a result of several other health factors. 
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

Classes begin Monday on all four UNG campuses

Degree offered by Georgia Tech could disrupt higher education as it’s known
Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education.
Source: New York Times

New president of College of Coastal Georgia welcomes students
Gregory Aloia took office as president of College of Coastal Georgia on July 1.
Source: Georgia Times-Union

Bad road conditions lead to school closures in South Georgia
Appling County schools, Bacon County schools and Jeff Davis County schools are closed for students today.
Source: WTOC-TV

First Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal trial begins today
Source: WXIA-TV

University of West Georgia now a comprehensive university
Comprehensive universities — West Georgia, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State and Valdosta State — will offer undergraduate and graduate programs. While they may have doctoral programs, the emphasis will be on master’s degrees.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

New Whitfield County Superintendent of Schools gives upbeat state of school system address
Superintendent Judy Gilreath spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Dalton about an anonymous cashiers check for $1 million aimed at improving deteriorating athletic facilities at Southeast Whitfield High School.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen


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