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D1.dossiers: Georgia
University News:
COVID-19 updates:
+ Georgia reported 175 new COVID-19 cases and a 4.18% positivity rate for the week of November 30-December 4, more than double the 77 cases reported for the prior week. 66 cases are among employees and 109 were among students. (link)
+ The University Health Center's DawgCheck portal is providing current positive test numbers and positivity rates from tests conducted through UGA's voluntary surveillance testing program, UHC, Athens-area medical providers and other sources. Data is updated every Wednesday. (link)
+ UGA surpassed its goal of administering 24,000 COVID-19 tests through its voluntary surveillance testing program, conducting 29,927 tests throughout the fall semester. (link)
November 30, 2020:
Chick-fil-A Inc.
committed a record $10M to expand and enhance the Institute for Leadership Advancement in the Terry College of Business. The pledge, which is the largest commitment to academics in the history of the college, will support the development of a new undergraduate cohort each fall and spring semester, expand leadership class offerings and launch an annual professional development symposium for the broader business community. President Morehead: “This tremendous commitment from Chick-fil-A will strengthen ILA’s efforts and broaden its reach like never before." (link)
November 21, 2020:
UGA Honors student Phaidra Buchanan was named a 2021 Rhodes Scholar, becoming the 25th Rhodes Scholar in university history. Buchanan plans to develop policy to promote equitable funding, school desegregation and culturally-responsive curricula and pedagogy. President Morehead: “The University of Georgia is very proud of our newest Rhodes Scholar. Phaidra has amassed an impressive record of academic achievement, engagement and leadership already as a UGA student, and we look forward to the positive impact she will continue to make on the world as she pursues her education and career path.” (link)
December 1, 2020:
The UGA Alumni Association unveiled the 2021 Bulldog 100, a list of the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni based on its compounded annual growth rate over a three-year period. The 2021 list includes organizations from over two dozen industries with 81 located in Georgia. (link)
February 6, 2020:
Research and development expenditures hit a record-high $477.5M in FY 19, a 5.4% jump over the previous year that also marks a 34% increase over the past five years. President Morehead: “As UGA grows its research enterprise, we are expanding our positive impact on the world while strengthening the economy of our home state. Gains in agricultural productivity; improvements to health care; the creation of new, marketable products—these are just a few of the many benefits stemming from UGA’s research and development that are driving our increased economic impact on Georgia, which is now estimated at $6.5 billion per year.” (link)
Fall 2020 enrollment updates:
+ UGA reported a record enrollment of 39,147 but fell to the fourth-largest university in Georgia behind Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State. According to data from the University System of Georgia, UGA had a 0.6% increase in enrollment compared to a 9% increase for Tech and 8.9% increase for KSU. (link)
+ Full breakdown of enrollment figures for the University System of Georgia's 26 institutions. (link)
+ The Class of 2024 includes over 5,600 first-year students from 478 high schools across 142 Georgia counties and 43 states. The class boasts an averaged weighted high school GPA is above a 4.0, an average SAT score of 1351 and an average ACT score of 31. 31% of incoming students self-identify as a minority, compared to 28% who identified as such four years ago. (link)
+ UGA extended offers of admission to over 8,000 students from 132 Georgia counties, 45 states and Washington, D.C. for the Class of 2025. The university saw an increase in early action applications -- from 20, 500 this fall compared to 17,000 last fall -- after opening up the process to include the Common Application as an admissions option. (link)
Facts & Rankings 2020:
+ At-a-glance figures including annual budget ($1.69B FY 19), additional research and development figures, economic impact ($6.5B on the state of Georgia), scholastic achievement and enrollment data (39,147 total enrollment for Fall 2020). (link)
+ UGA rose to No. 15 in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings, marking the fifth consecutive year the university has placed in the top 20. UGA's six-year graduation rate increased to 87% and retention rate increased to 96%. President Morehead: “The consistency of our national ranking is a testament to the commitment of our talented faculty, staff and students; to the generosity and support of our loyal alumni and friends; and to the effectiveness of our vision and strategy to reach new heights of academic excellence.” (link)
Senior Administration Org Chart:
Check out the organizational chart for UGA's senior administration. (link)
December 3, 2020:
The Institute of International Education ranked UGA No. 6 in the country for number of students who participate in study abroad programs. According to the most recent Open Doors ranking, UGA is the top-ranked SEC institution and the only college or university from Georgia among the top 10. (link)
November 19, 2020:
Georgia named Qiana Wilson, general counsel at Georgia College & State University, as director of the Equal Opportunity Office, effective January 11. In the position, Wilson will serve as Title IX coordinator and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator as well as provide oversight of education, prevention, investigation and remediation efforts related to gender, race and other forms of discrimination, athletics equity, sexual harassment and misconduct, and related civil rights investigation. (link)
November 18, 2020:
UGA's four-year completion rate reached a record 71% in 2020, up from 69% last year and 63% five years ago. The university's 87% six-year graduation rate is the highest among SEC institutions. (link)
September 18, 2020:
Dr. Ron Walcott, professor in the department of plant pathology, was named UGA's inaugural vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School. As vice provost, Walcott will work to enhance recruitment, retention and student success within UGA's schools and colleges. Walcott has served as interim Graduate School dean since September 2019. (link)
September 8, 2020:
UGA named Nick Place, dean and director of the Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, effective January 1. Place will also serve as director of the UGA Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations.  (link)
August 31, 2020:
INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine awarded Georgia the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, marking the seventh consecutive year UGA has received the national diversity and inclusion honor. President Morehead: “I am proud the University of Georgia is being recognized once again for our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Embracing these values remains critical to reaching the heights of excellence we all desire for our great University. I look forward to the additional progress that will be made in the coming year through our new initiatives.” (link)
August 6, 2020:
President Morehead was appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Board of Governors and Board of Directors. Morehead: “I am honored to represent the Southeastern Conference on the NCAA Board of Governors and the Division 1 Council, particularly during these challenging times. Our conference benefits from the tremendous leadership provided by Commissioner Sankey, and I look forward to working closely with him and my fellow SEC Presidents on the important issues that we must solve together.” (link)
July 27, 2020:
The UGA Foundation's investment committee voted to approve a $10M financial commitment to support a partnership between the Foundation and the Office of Research's Innovation Gateway to bring new technology developed at the university to market, a top goal for university leadership. The commitment will boost UGA's momentum in entrepreneurship by facilitating financial partnerships and connecting investors with startup companies based on innovations and ideas developed at the university. (link)
State of Georgia Economic Outlook 2020:
UGA's Terry College of Business presents the 2021 Georgia Economic Outlook Forecast based on data and analysis from the Selig Center for Economic Growth. The Outlook series includes analysis of the national economic trajectory, trends within the state and local area forecasts. (link)
August 5, 2020:
President Morehead and University System of Georgia Chancellor Wrigley defended the university's reopening plans in letters to two UGA faculty groups, who adopted resolutions questioning the plans and criticizing the university's proposed testing strategy. According to Morehead, UGA plans to conduct an average of 300 tests for the campus community per day and has invested significant resources into installing over 2,000 Plexiglas barriers on campus and purchasing 60,000 digital thermometers and 150,000 face coverings. Wrigley: “These plans prioritize the health and safety for students, faculty and staff, while recognizing the value and importance to students of the on-campus educational experience as one that is simply richer and more well-rounded." (link)
June 1, 2020:
President Morehead's statement in response to nationwide protests over police violence and the killing of unarmed black people: "I want to reinforce my firm belief that racism has no place in our society. During my presidency I have committed to working to create a UGA that is better tomorrow than it was yesterday. ... together, we must continue to move this work forward in a constructive manner despite all the challenges. In the days ahead, let us move forward in seeking racial justice by engaging in thoughtful listening and constructive dialogue, showing care and understanding, and by demonstrating our ongoing commitment to do better while working together for a more united and just world. (link)
July 21, 2020:
A slate of diversity initiatives announced by President Morehead includes the establishment of a task force on race, ethnicity and community and a $1M commitment of private resources from the UGA Athletic Association to implement ideas and recommendations developed by the group; a planning committee on diversity and inclusive excellence to develop a long-range plan of action for the university; the creation of community conversations and facilitated discussions over the school year; and a celebration of the 60th anniversary of desegregation at the university. (link)
FY21 Budget:
+ A look at UGA's budget summary by fund source. Of the $1,799,896,961 total operating budget, $472,081,515 comes from state appropriations while $417,948,152 is from student tuition and fees. Resident instruction claims the most resources at a total of $1,289,359,379, followed by auxiliary services at $220,140,071 and the Agricultural Experiment Stations at $87,592,318. (link)
+ UGA's budget summary by program. Research claims the largest expenditures with $442,431,504, followed by instruction at $357,856,477, public service at $201,918,673 and operations & maintenance at $166,250,766. (link)
+ A breakdown of budgets for all University System of Georgia institutions. UGA with the largest total budget and when broken down by revenue and expenditures. (link)
Tuition Rates 2020-21:
A look at tuition rates across all University System of Georgia institutions. For flat tuition rates at UGA, in-state students will pay $4,895 for more than six credit hours hours and $2,909 for six hours or less while out-of-state students will pay $14,415 for more than six credit hours and $8,555 for six hours or less. (link)
October 23, 2020:
The Atlanta Business Chronicle shares a list of the top 25 highest-paid UGA employees based on 2019 data. President Morehead tops the list with a salary of $966,833 followed by AD McGarity at $575,075 and FB HC Smart at $500,000 (which does not include an affiliate amount totaling $6,425,000). Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry Schaefer is No. 4 at $448,986 and William Harry Willson Distinguished Chair in the Department of Management Colquitt is No. 5 $439,249. (link)
October 19, 2020:
An Atlanta Journal Constitution editorial calls on UGA to "step up [its] response to racism," highlighting the concerns of student advocates regarding their experience of racism and bias on campus and sharing testimonials from former UGA-based sorority and fraternity members regarding racism witnessed in the university's Greek Life organizations. Editorial: "While UGA has formed diversity and inclusion committees to combat racism, it hasn’t succeeded in changing the culture at UGA, as evidenced by a stream of racial episodes, often involving Greek organizations. The typical response from leadership is a declaration that such behaviors will not be tolerated." (link) or (link)
October 13, 2020:
Upon a recommendation from the Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community, UGA will create a new, privately-funded position to expand and emphasize diversity and inclusion on campus. Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives Cook: “Across campus there is a strong interest in building awareness about diversity, equity, inclusion, and the experiences of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. I am excited about how this position will aid us in significantly expanding access to diversity education in a meaningful and effective manner.” (link)
October 7, 2020:
Former UGA baseball student-athlete Sasser, who was dismissed from the team and suspended from classes in Fall 2018 for using a racial slur in reference to former Bulldogs FB student-athlete Fields, filed a federal lawsuit against the university claiming it violated its freedom of speech and equal protection under the law. Sasser is seeking a jury trial, punitive damages and compensatory damages due to lost employment opportunities, including the chance to play professional baseball. (link)
October 2, 2020:
In an open letter to the Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community, the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission urged UGA to examine public art and historical markers on campus to “update a narrow, exclusionary history plagued by white supremacy and nurture the potential of a greater communal story." The Commission recommends allocating $250,000 to create three major works of public art to provide "a more truthful retelling" of the university's historical connections and $40,000 to revise or change historical markers. (link)
August 11, 2020:
The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate will consider taking a vote of no confidence in University System of Georgia Chancellor Wrigley and the Board of Regents regarding the system's reopening plans, claiming the proposals put faculty, students and staff at unnecessary risk. (link)
July 15, 2020:
UGA completed its most successful fundraising effort in history on June 30, raising $1.45B through the Commit to Georgia campaign. The campaign, which publicly launched in November 2016, surpassed its original goal of raising $1.2B 16 months ahead of schedule, with 175,488 donors committing gifts to increase scholarship support, enhance the learning environment and solve "grand challenge" through research and service. President Morehead: "This campaign demonstrated that, with the support of alumni and friends, no goal or aspiration is out of reach for the University of Georgia. Working together, we can—and will continue—to improve lives and communities through our important missions of teaching, research, and service.” (link)
July 1, 2020:
UGA will not implement mandatory furloughs under the state's $2.3B 2020-21 public higher education budget. President Morehead: "I know this pandemic created a particularly difficult set of financial issues for crafting a state budget, and I am thankful that our lawmakers protected our hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff from furloughs." (link)
June 17, 2020:
University System of Georgia
Chancellor Wrigley and Board of Regents Chairman Shailendra named a five-member advisory group to review and study the names of buildings and colleges on all USG campuses and provide recommended changes. President Morehead: “I want to express my strong support and appreciation to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, particularly Chairman Sachin Shailendra and Chancellor Steve Wrigley, on announcing a distinguished group of civic leaders to engage in this very important and timely work. UGA stands ready to assist and support in this review of names at USG institutions, including those at the University of Georgia.” (link)
Capital Projects - Update from August 2020:
+ The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved $39M in FY 22 capital projects at UGA, including a $21.7M facility in the Poultry Science Complex that will be matched with $27.6M in private donations. (link)
+ An updated database of active capital projects on UGA's campus. Projects currently under construction include the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall expansion and renovation for athletics and the Spring Street Building renovation for academics & research. (link)
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