A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Board of Regents challenging Georgia’s policy on limiting undocumented students’ access to state universities on undocumented students. Judge John Goger ruled that under sovereign immunity, the students can’t sue the state. Under the current state policy, undocumented students are barred from the top five most selective schools in Georgia and pay out-of-state tuition at other state schools. Martin Lopez-Galicia is an undocumented student who lives in Atlanta with his family. He says Georgia’s undocumented students will continue to fight against the policy.
Georgia’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday afternoon to raise tuition at the state’s public colleges. Starting in the fall, students at most schools will pay 2.5 percent more each semester. That’s between $32 and $85, depending on the school. Students say it will be tough to pay more. Armstrong Atlantic State University freshman Adrian Wyatt says to afford higher tuition, he might have to cut back the 16 credits he’s taking this semester.
Georgia’s state colleges and universities are now sub-divided into four different classes – “sectors,” as the University System of Georgia calls them. The Board of Regents approved the new policy last week. The categories – research university, comprehensive university, state university and state college – both determine and are determined by a college’s program of study, the degrees it offers and other measures.
Two committees have been formed as part of a national search for the next president of Middle Georgia State College. Currently, John Black is serving as interim president of the college with campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.
The Georgia Board of Regents has approved Kennesaw State University's financial plan to support a NCAA Division I football program. The Board of Regents approved the school's plan to increase student fees by $100 per semester beginning this fall to support the football program.
The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to approve the consolidation of several college campuses Tuesday. The plans have long been in the works. Higher education leaders and other state officials say the mergers will save money by streamlining administrative and academic functions. The Regents are also expected to name presidents of the four new schools.
College boosters looking for clues as to what state universities could be merged got little help in a recently adopted set of principles. The Board of Regents approved guidelines for merging public colleges and universities to save money and improve education. Savannah and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities are perennial merger targets because they are close together.
The Board of Regents appointed Republican Hank Huckaby the university system's new chancellor on Friday. After the unanimous vote to name him, Chancellor-elect Huckaby gave an explanation for the recurrent increases in tuition over the past several years.
The Georgia university system wants to hold college presidents more accountable for student graduation. The Board of Regents this year is expected to approve a new salary structure for college and university presidents to place more emphasis on graduation rates.