Initiatives

UGA regularly hosts acclaimed artists, such as violinist Itzhak Perlman, and the UGA Arts Council works to make the arts a more integral part of the UGA experience for students and faculty.

UGA regularly hosts acclaimed artists, such as violinist Itzhak Perlman, and the UGA Arts Council works to make the arts a more integral part of the UGA experience for students and faculty.

Initiatives

  • Enhancing the Learning Environment

    UGA has launched a series of new and expanded initiatives to enhance the academic experience of students and position them for success during their time at UGA and beyond. The three key priorities for student success are streamlining time to graduation; fostering readiness for employment, graduate or professional school; and enhancing UGA's ability to recruit world-class graduate students while expanding access to graduate programs.

  • Rebuilding the faculty ranks

    The following articles cover recent hiring initiatives aimed at rebuilding the faculty ranks.

    UGA launches $2.2 million interdisciplinary faculty hiring initiative (News release, 11-6-13)

    Third phase of faculty hiring initiative will add 25 positions (Columns, 6-25-12)

    Two hiring initiatives begin to replenish tenure-track faculty (Columns, 4-25-11)

    Replenishing the ranks: Hiring initiative adds full-time faculty (Columns, 9-26-11)

    University takes steps to replenish faculty ranks (Columns, 9-27-10)

  • Reinventing Space Management

    A task force charged by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is reviewing how the university allocates its academic space, seeking input from the campus community and looking for best practices from other institutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure that campus space is used as efficiently and strategically as possible to further the university's teaching, research and service mission.

  • Office of Online Learning

    Launched in 2012, the Office of Online Learning helps faculty develop additional online courses to enhance their teaching delivery. Online education expands the traditional classroom experience and allows flexibility for students who physically may not be able to attend a class on campus. The cohort-based format of the courses allows for a meaningful exchange of ideas not only between the students and the course professor, but also among classmates.

  • The Arts at UGA

    Dr. Libby Morris convened the UGA Arts Council in fall 2011 to explore ways to collaboratively promote the arts at UGA. The inaugural Spotlight on the Arts festival in 2012 attracted nearly 15,000 attendees, and the 2013 festival is scheduled for Nov. 7-15. Visit The Arts at UGA web site to learn more.

  • ConnectUGA

    ConnectUGA is the project name designated for the implementation of UGA's new integrated student information system. This multi-year, multi-million dollar university-wide project will replace the multiple aging legacy systems and databases with a modern and sustainable technology platform. The new system, which includes the integration of new Banner software, will support and enhance student administrative functions such as admissions, registration, financial aid, student accounts, academic records and more.

  • First-Year Odyssey

    As part of the university’s accreditation process for 2010-2020, a plan was developed to offer First-Year Odyssey Seminars to incoming freshmen starting in fall 2011. The one-credit hour classes are limited to no more than 18 students who also are required to attend at least three campus events during the semester that highlight some aspect of the University’s mission.

  • GRU-UGA Medical Partnership

    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. 

  • Strategic Plan

    The University Council approved the university's 2020 Strategic Plan at its March 18, 2010 meeting. The plan was drafted by a Strategic Planning Committee chaired by William Vencill. The committee sought input on the draft plan from the university community via a series of forums.

    Building on Excellence, University of Georgia 2020 Strategic Plan

  • SEC Academic Initiative

    The University of Georgia and the 13 other Southeastern Conference institutions are part of the SECU Academic Initiative, which supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. UGA's Loch Johnson was named the inaugural SEC Professor of the Year in 2012, and UGA hosted the inaugural SEC Symposium in February 2013. In October 2013, UGA hosted the fall SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Conference.

Reports

  • Sustainability at UGA

    A working group of faculty, staff, and students at UGA completed a report in October 2009 on the university’s efforts to promote sustainability. The 69-page document includes a catalog of more than 60 degree programs related to sustainability and more than 300 faculty members from academic departments across campus with research interests in relevant fields.

    UGA ranks among most environmentally responsible colleges

  • Task Force on General Education and Student Learning

    A task force appointed to examine the undergraduate experience at UGA and make recommendations for changes and improvements submitted a final report in August 2005. Various recommendations have since been put into effect.