For the past 16 years, Dr. Adams, along with administrators, faculty and staff, committed themselves to improving the ultimate experience for each student; to sharing their knowledge with constituencies beyond the classroom, throughout the state and around the world in a significant way; and to conducting and supporting the trail-blazing research that has secured the university's prominence in the 21st century.
The continued elevation in the quality of the UGA student body is evident. Students from all around the state, the country and the world are drawn here by the quality of the faculty, the strength of the academic programs and the beauty of campus.
With the creation of the School of Public and International Affairs (2001), the College of Environment and Design (2001), the College of Public Health (2005), the Odum School of Ecology (2007) and the College of Engineering (2012), UGA offers students a broader range of opportunities; expanded research opportunities and synergies; and positioned the university better to serve the needs of the state.
The University of Georgia continued to expand its academic programs statewide. UGA began offering upper-level undergraduate courses at the Gwinnett University Center in 2002 and graduate and undergraduate courses on UGA's Griffin Campus in fall 2005. In 2007, Terry College of Business began offering its evening MBA degree at two locations in Atlanta-Buckhead.
Through the UGA Graduate School Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), undergraduates from around the country get a taste of graduate-level research and see a glimpse of their futures as scholars, researchers and innovators. The Graduate School's efforts were reflected in the 2007 ranking by Diverse Issues in Higher Education of UGA at 21st in the nation (seventh in the Southeast) in conferring doctoral degrees upon African Americans.
Incoming freshmen participated in UGA's First-Year Odyssey, a program launched in 2011, designed to introduce students to the academic life of the university by putting them in small group seminars taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty on topics tied to their area of scholarship. Topics ranged from sustainability, fashion, the CIA and chocolate science to The Zombie Plague. All schools, colleges and many departments were represented in the "First-Year Odyssey" faculty, which included UGA President Michael F. Adams, who taught "The History and Development of the University of Georgia through the Eyes of the President," and Provost Jere Morehead, whose seminar topic was "Exploring Current Issues in Law."
The inaugural class of 40 students began classes in 2010 at the medical campus in Athens, created as a partnership between the Georgia Regents University and the University of Georgia. In 2012, the Medical Partnership moved to UGA's 56-acre Health Sciences Campus along with the College of Public Health and other health-related programs.
One of the largest and most technologically advanced facilities of its kind on an American university campus opened in the fall of 2004. The more than 200,000-square-foot, $43 million Zell B. Miller Learning Center includes technologically advanced classrooms, 96 group study rooms, a pervasive wireless network and a 21st-century electronic library.
In 1997, about 220 undergraduates participated in study abroad. Expanding and strengthening international education became a priority, so in 1999, the first University of Georgia residential year-round program was created at Oxford, England, followed by study-abroad facilities in Italy (2000), France, and Costa Rica (2004). Now each year, an average of 2,000 students choose from more than 100 study-abroad programs in more than 60 countries ranking UGA ninth among the top 20 research universities in the country in the number of students studying abroad.
Georgia has grown to include world-class research into climate change, soil and wildlife ecology, sustainable silviculture and even the sociological issues attached to the kinds of lifestyle and workstyle changes we are all making in an effort to conserve resources.
In 2012, the university launched a major campus-wide initiative to help the state address its growing epidemic of adult and childhood obesity. Clifton A. Baile, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Animal and Dairy Science and professor of foods and nutrition, along with the Office of the Vice President for Research, leads the new UGA Obesity Initiative.
The 2011 national survey of how well universities and colleges move basic research into the marketplace ranks the University of Georgia among the best in the country. UGA is one of the only two universities in the country to hold the distinction of ranking first and second respectively for the past four years. UGA also ranked highly for licensing revenues. With $6.7 million in fiscal year 2010 revenue, UGA ranked 15th among public universities. In addition, with total licensing revenues of $61.3 million, UGA ranked ninth among public universities and 18th overall for the three-year period (2008-2010) cited in the recent Association of University Technology Managers report.
UGA scientists develop a biorefinery that will be an environmentally sound alternative to crude oil refineries. The Biofuels, Biopower and Biomaterials Initiative (B3I) unites the university's legacies in agriculture, forestry, environmental science and engineering with its strengths in carbohydrate science, genetics and microbiology to provide a scientific and practical foundation to support an economic and sustainable bioenergy future.
The Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NanoSEC), created in 2002, advances the nanoscale science and engineering effort at the University of Georgia. The NanoSEC spans five schools and colleges at UGA, and houses a newly-established bio-friendly micro-/nano-fabrication cleanroom facility. Members of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center are developing new materials and devices at nanometer scales to address emerging research and developing needs in national security, sensing and diagnostics, biomedical imaging, drug and vaccine development, cancer treatment, environmental and renewable energy applications.
Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, UGA researchers remain at the forefront of the investigation into the incident. UGA marine scientist Samantha Joye, who is the Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences, and UGA colleagues Patricia Medeiros and Christof Meile will work with scientists from 13 other institutions over the next few years to develop a way for researchers and emergency responders to better predict and respond to future spills.
In 2000, Mitchell County held a groundbreaking for a farm that they have leased to UGA for development of an irrigation research and education center. The C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) is a state-of-the-art irrigation research and education center providing an easily accessible facility to assist farmers in managing irrigation and the general public in understanding the role of water in the economy of the region. Scientists, engineers, extension specialists, and staff collaborate to define crop water needs, improve food, feed and fiber production under irrigation, and find more efficient ways to apply irrigation water.
UGA's mission includes public service along with teaching and research. PSO units extend the university's resources and expertise throughout Georgia and beyond in order to foster innovation, generate economic development and improve quality of life.
In 2004, the Office of the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach established seed grants to encourage outreach scholarship domestically and globally. The Scholarship of Engagement Grants for University Engagement (SEGUE grants) support work that aims to help the people of Georgia and the Southeast economically and socially, especially the growing Latino population. The 2010-2011 Scholarship of Engagement grant recipients included Bryan McCullick, a kinesiology professor with UGA's College of Education, who addressed the physical and cognitive development of children in after-school programs.
Higher education is often seen as yielding only long-term benefits. However, a recent 2012 study estimating the economic impact of the University of Georgia's Public Service and Outreach programs at $333 million annually confirms that in public service areas, investments in higher education multiply quickly throughout Georgia.
Matt Hauer hopes that by providing and communicating objective information about Georgia’s population trends, he can help leaders develop better ways of planning for a Georgia that continues to reinvent itself. Hauer leads the Carl Vinson Institute of Government's Applied Demography Program, which provides state and local leaders with current demographic data and detailed population projections. He also instructs officials on the use of demographics in public decision making.
Public Service and Outreach’s Archway Partnership Project was initiated in 2005 as a two-year pilot project in rural Moultrie, Colquitt County, to help that community solve issues related to its rapid growth. During the pilot phase, Archway partners tackled issues such as land-use planning, workforce housing and needs of the growing Latino population. The success of the two-year pilot led the board of regents to provide additional funding to establish a permanent project in Colquitt County and expand Archway to additional locations.
In 2012, more than 300 students, participating in Campus Kitchen at UGA, collected 20,000 pounds of surplus food and transformed it into 3,900 meals for area senior citizens and children. UGA is one of 33 schools that is part of the national program "The Campus Kitchen Project" and the first of its kind in Georgia. Campus Kitchen at UGA is supported by UGA's Office of Service-Learning.
by Michael F. Adams. That number represents roughly one-third of UGA's living alumni.
at the university has grown from 92 when Adams took office to 220 today, and the number of Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholars has grown from four to 18.
making 2012 the seventh consecutive year of raising more than $100 million. In 1997, UGA had 437 planned gifts on the books; today there are 1,102 with a total value of $245.5 million.
of the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach programs according to a recent survey. UGA's PSO programs support 3,370 jobs directly and indirectly through their impact on the state’s economy.
"We produce the leadership class for this state. We produce the producers, create the creators, energize the innovators, encourage the change agents. We send into the world people equipped for success in what has been variously called the Age of the Mind, the Intellectual Capital Era or, to quote Thomas Friedman, a Flattened World."