Year-end Thanks

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It’s hard to believe, but 2017 will soon be coming to an end. Before we break for the holidays, I’d like to share with you some of the accomplishments that have made this such an exciting year of progress in our teaching, research and service missions.

In 2017, the University of Georgia:

  • Welcomed the most academically accomplished class of incoming students in the University’s history and enrolled a record number of students in summer courses that help them earn their degrees in more timely manner.
  • Posted record retention and graduation rates and launched the Investing in Student Success Initiative to further enhance the learning environment.
  • Recruited the University’s first cohort of GREAT and GAIN Fellows, an outstanding group of graduate students who will help advance the University’s Signature Research Themes and contribute to Georgia’s economic competitiveness.
  • Launched the Double Dawgs program, which gives our students more than 100 opportunities to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less.
  • Was recognized with the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the fourth consecutive year for our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Moved up two places to 16th among public universities in the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of national universities—our highest U.S. News ranking to date. We’re also 10th in Kiplinger’s Best Values ranking and 10th among public universities in The New York Times College Access Index. In the latest National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development rankings, we climbed an astounding seven spots to No. 54 among all U.S. universities, colleges and research institutions.
  • Established the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy and was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. We also launched the CyberArch program to bring the University’s cybersecurity expertise to people across Georgia.
  • Opened the Center for Molecular Medicine, new turfgrass research and education facilities and phase II of the Business Learning Community.
  • Set a new institutional record for grant-funded research activity, which climbed 37 percent over the past three years to reach $198 million in fiscal year 2017. The generosity of our alumni and other supporters elevated private support to record levels, as well, with a record $227.8 million in gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2017.

These accomplishments reflect the unwavering commitment of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as supporters across the state and around the world. The University community has so much to be proud of—and so much to look forward to.

Thank you for all that you do to advance the University of Georgia. Happy holidays, and best wishes for 2018.

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