Regents back off UGA tech school plan

Georgia Tech had complained about addition to Athens campus

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ATLANTA - The University System of Georgia's state Board of Regents decided today to delay a decision on whether to permit the University of Georgia to offer new engineering degrees.

The board is expected to make that decision official Wednesday.

Gov. Sonny Perdue also addressed the regents today, urging them to slow down their consideration of new engineering programs. He favors expanding engineering education, Perdue said, but isn't convinced UGA is the right place.

UGA President Michael Adams is asking the regents for the right to offer degrees in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. He says it would give students more options and provide the state with more workers. Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson questions UGA's cost estimates.

Those disciplines are dominated by Georgia Tech, and each school has argued that any expansion should occur on its campus.

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Ben There
Ben There 10/12/10 - 09:43 pm
Kinda reminds me of the

Kinda reminds me of the situation between MCG (excuse, Georgia Health Sciences University) and UGA. Michael Adams sure knows how to step on toes!

themaninthemirror 10/12/10 - 10:30 pm
The next thing Adams will

The next thing Adams will want in Athens is a Theology school under UGA's control.

Riverman1 10/13/10 - 09:22 am
It's all about research

It's all about research money. The right thing to do is expand Ga. Tech, as the right thing would have been to expand MCG in Augusta instead of building a new medical school in Athens that will end up costing hundreds of millions of dollars we don't have.

anotherlook 10/13/10 - 10:29 am
I don't understand. Why are

I don't understand. Why are they doing this? If the goal is to increase the educational level of the citizens of this state and to increase those who have technical expertise, then it can only be accomplished by increasing access. But why must millions be spent on new campuses or expansions?

Let me flesh this out a little. Supposedlly this group of various colleges and universities are part of a system that is overseen by the Georgia State Board of Regents...correct? Then why are individual schools competing with each other for funds if the ultimate goal is to achieve an educated populace? They don't seem to be behaving like a system to me.

Let me give and example. There aren't any masters programs for social work here in Augusta. Individuals who are interested in pursuing a MSW must drive to Statesboro, Athens, Atlanta, or Columbia SC to enroll in a school that offers a MSW program. ASU is within this "University System" just as UGA is a part of the system. Then why can't professors from UGA teach MSW classes on ASU's campus? You would have a few individuals travelling to teach weekly classes for students who may not have access to an MSW program or might otherwise have to drive several hours to reach one. For ASU's part, they would be paid usage fees and have students on their own campus that had access to a program that the Regents never before permitted them to have.

Moreover, why don't techincal schools work with corporations to provide training on site to their employees to keep them competitive in the global market by having a more educated work force and ensuring that we don't lose those jobs overseas?

Furthermore, why must facilities be built when so many smaller communities have high schools that are empty at night and could provide space for adult educational and vocational services using that same premise. I know that it may not be feasible for programs like welding and such. But for floral arranging, early childhood education training and such special facilities wouldn't be necessary.

Why can't we maximize the resources that we have here in our communities? There are libraries, community centers, and hospitals that all have spaces which could easily provide a home for training programs such as these. Where is the sense of vision and purpose that is supposed to take us into the future and keep us competitive with the other countries of the world? Have we forgotten how to do more with less?

ramble 10/13/10 - 10:34 am
This is about 1 thing, just

This is about 1 thing, just like the "expansion" of MCG was about 1 thing- Micheal Adams desire to flex his muscle and demonstrate that he can bully anyone and everyone out of the way and take over whatever he wants. It has nothing to do with what is best for the people of the state. If the state thinks it needs more engineers, expand the programs that are already in place at Tech. It doesn't make any sense to build new buildings and establish new programs when Tech already does it so well.

dstewartsr 10/13/10 - 11:46 am
I suspect Adams wants to

I suspect Adams wants to establish an engineering school where an 800 SAT will get you in, unlike GT which accepts only the actually qualified.

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