The Board of Regents is considering a 100% smoke-free policy for all public colleges and universities in Georgia. Right now, schools decide their own tobacco policies. If the Regents approve the ban next month, it would go into effect in July. A total ban means no smoking, even at sporting events and in dorms and cars.
A case pitting undocumented college students against the University System of Georgia began Thursday in DeKalb County Superior Court. The case pivots on whether it’s a violation of federal policy to bar the students from top public colleges. The first court appearance concerned one simple question: whether the case should proceed in Fulton or DeKalb County. Speaking to a packed courtroom, Judge Mark Anthony Scott noted a “strong interest” in the case. But he said he needs more time to decide where it should proceed.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby says colleges have complained for years that high school graduates are not prepared for higher education. Now the system is stepping back and owning up to its share of responsibility for high school graduates’ lack of preparation, starting with evaluating teacher education.
Opponents of a state college system policy are still waiting for a response to their lawsuit challenging Georgia’s treatment of undocumented students. But they say the state has already granted some rights to the students who are suing.
Money keeps many people from getting an education. But it’s especially so for a group of Georgia students whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally. The state bars them from the top five public colleges and requires them to pay out-of-state tuition at the others. Many put their education dreams on hold or take years to complete a degree. Here are the stories of two undocumented students who should be finishing college this year. Instead, one is just starting while the other is a sophomore at a community college.
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.
Chancellor Hank Huckaby, head of the University System of Georgia, had planned to discuss a controversial policy on undocumented students attending state colleges, but decided against it because of a newly-filed lawsuit on the issue.
Undocumented students suing the University System of Georgia say their lives are on hold. An Obama administration order allows some to work legally. But state rules still bar them from Georgia’s top colleges.