Our annual Volunteer Fair was held on the Gainesville Campus yesterday. This year’s fair featured many agencies that connect our students with opportunities to build valuable career experience while filling community needs. Many thanks to all who participated and helped create such a successful event.
We are quickly moving through fall semester, and I want to make you aware of some planning and new developments that support our work and our students.
Later this fall, we will meet with the University System of Georgia Chancellor and staff regarding our budget needs for the upcoming year. We are going into this planning process with the following assumptions and priorities for UNG.
UNG BUDGET ASSUMPTIONS, Fiscal Year 2017
- There will be minimal (or no) tuition and fee increases.
- We will advocate for formula funding and other appropriations.
- We will strategically manage our growth.
- We will maintain or increase our academic standards and graduation rates.
- We will create programs according to our strategic plan.
- We will address increasing challenges for long-term capital needs.
UNG BUDGET PRIORITIES, Fiscal Year 2017
- We will continue to increase the number of faculty and staff.
- We will continue to make competitive faculty and staff salaries a priority.
- We will continue to support our QEP initiative and other programs and services that support student success and engagement.
- We will increase graduate enrollment opportunities.
- We will continue to invest in facilities and infrastructure.
The divisions of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Institutional Effectiveness have developed a wonderful new dashboard with student demographic data to provide clear, consistent information for institutional use. It is located on the Institutional Effectiveness website at ung.edu/institutional-effectiveness under Dashboards link on the menu. They will be adding additional information to this in the future, and this will be a valuable tool for those writing grants or planning documents. Kudos to that team for their collaboration and this exciting advancement!
Nighthawk Emergency Loan Program
This week, a number of students faced withdrawal for non-payment. This is always a difficult issue, and the amount owed can range from small to large amounts. The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, with support from the UNG Foundation, has just launched the Nighthawk Emergency Loan Fund. While the loans may not be used to pay current tuition or outstanding obligations to the university, these small, short-term loans may help students get through temporary rough patches to ensure they are able to remain in school. The program will be administered through UNG’s Student Money Management Center, which has offices on the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses and is available to students on any campus.
As always, I am very grateful for your consistent efforts to enhance our operations and that you have such a heart for supporting our students.
Bonita C. Jacobs, Ph.D.