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Monday, November 26, 2012 - 3:56am

UGA Plan Promotes Research Investment

A new strategic plan for the University of Georgia calls for more spending on research, but funding is uncertain.

The plan aims to hire star researchers. It also calls for new and renovated buildings, increased graduate enrollment and more compensation for graduate workers.

But funding is a question.

Georgia will get about $389 million this year in state funding, or $53 million less than a decade ago. Increases in tuition and fees are making up the lost revenue to help pay for a budget that's increasing.

The associate provost for academic planning, Jerome Legge, says the strategic plan is a blueprint for where the school wants to go.

Legge says a committee that developed the plan is trying to set goals and be optimistic.