The University System of Georgia is paying more attention to athletic funding at state schools. Under a new policy approved this week all changes to athletic programs and student fee hikes must be approved by the Board of Regents. Board of Regents spokesman John Millsaps says the new directive fills a gap in oversight.
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.
The merger of some Georgia colleges won't be final until Tuesday, but work is already being done to promote the new names. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted last year to consolidate eight schools, and it is expected to give final approval Tuesday.
The state Board of Regents has approved policies aimed at providing more oversight over how colleges pay for some new buildings. The rules focus on non-academic buildings such as dorms and parking decks built through public-private partnerships and funded in part by student fees.
Georgia is making plans that would change the way it funds public colleges in the state, tying the money to performance measures such as graduation rates. The plan, if given final approval, would mark a drastic change in the way Georgia funds its college system.
State officials say they plan to keep the Georgia State Archives open with regular hours after an uproar over plans to limit access to appointments only for six days a month. Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Thursday that $125,000 in funding will be restored and allow the archives to stay open two days a week.
An audit has found that a $25 million shortfall at Georgia Perimeter College was caused by chronic overspending and an inattention to finances by administrators of the suburban Atlanta school. The review by the University System of Georgia was released Thursday.