News from GA Colleges

Ga Tech is offering an online Master’s Degree program for a cool $6k. The program immediately garnered national attention. 

Morehouse decided to allow Kevin Johnson to speak during commencement exercises. His privilege was rescinded when criticism from him of Obama surfaced. And speaking of El Presidente, he will deliver the keynote on Saturday. (Side note to any college administrators: I want an honorary degree and I received all As in my public speaking classes in college. Just saying….)

Also, the Georgia Board of Regents adopted a draft policy that outlines the mission statement for each school, the first time that’s been done in decades, apparently. I can’t find a link at the moment.

UGA head honcho Jere Morehead announced a plan to re-structure the administration starting on July 1. The move will see more info flowing out of, and in to, his office.

Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health got a nice $2 million donation to endow a chair for cardiovascular research. The school <3s the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation.

I saw this Facebook note from Calvin Smyre:  “I’m on a coffee break from an all-day Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Presidential Search & Screen Committee (PSSC) meeting to review candidates for President of “The” FVSU. Because of my love for FVSU I’m committed to selecting the best candidates to forward to the Chancellor & University System Board of Regents for them to appoint the next President. As you can see I’m spending my BD indoors. The PSSC wanted to sing Happy BD & I said oh noooo!” He added his FVSU family made him feel “special.” (Allow me to add: happy birthday to Mr. Smyre).


  1. Rick Day says:

    GA State has a masters in marketing program that only takes one summer. $38k flat rate and you get a magic upgrade!

    This IS the future. Think of how much money taxpayers will save with no bricks, mortar, footba…


  2. George Chidi says:

    I have a Georgia Open Records Act request out for some of the background details on the Georgia Tech MS degree, and I expect to be talking with staff next week for a piece. There are interesting elements to how this will work that need a bit more policy detail to be fully understood.

  3. saltycracker says:

    College costs are related to personnel costs. It is a race to the top in salaey and benefits with the earliest retirement. Education at all levels needs to embrace technology . E.g. Why couldn’t high school honors math be taught by the best math educator in APS teleconferencing oversize classes in multiple schools ?

    Benjamin Ginsburg, a political science professor at John Hopkins University:
    In his book, “The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters,” Ginsburg argues that a significant increase in administrative employees is in part responsible for college’s runaway pricing.

    He writes that between 1975 and 2005, the faculty to student ratio has remained fairly constant at universities, while the student-to-professional staffer (such as an admissions officer) ratio increased from one to 50 to 1 to 24.

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