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Azziz looks for even bigger statewide consolidated university by 2030

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 3:56 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 1:48 AM
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While acknowledging deep cuts in state support and a challenging consolidation with Augusta State University, Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz nonetheless launched far-reaching goals for the university to more than double its current student body and sprout eight regional campuses across Georgia, including Atlanta.

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Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz delivers his annual address in Lee Auditorium. "I believe that the best way to predict and control our future is to create it," he said.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz delivers his annual address in Lee Auditorium. "I believe that the best way to predict and control our future is to create it," he said.

During his annual State of the Enterprise address Thursday, Azziz ticked off a number of challenges identified early in his administration, including lack of a comprehensive university that “limited our ability to benefit from other disciplines, such as business, the humanities and liberal arts” and limiting “pipeline” programs to funnel promising students. It also “limited our ability to leverage student growth and numbers, on behalf of all students,” Azziz said.

One of the challenges was also the lack of presence in the metro Atlanta area, where half the state’s population resides and “where the state’s business is conducted,” Azziz said.

In fact, the vision for 2030 goes far beyond that, Azziz said. By then, he sees 20,000 students enrolled, while currently fewer than 10,000 total attend both universities. Program offerings will be expanded, including “an extensive online and mobile portfolio of educational offerings and formalized educational partnerships with our active military and our veterans,” he said. That will be offered on 800 acres of campus within Augusta as well as eight regional campuses “including a well-situated, well-recognized, and diverse Atlanta campus,” Azziz said. The six-year graduation rate will exceed 75 percent, he said, where ASU’s six-year rate in 2010 was 25 percent.

And the new university by then will have “Division I sports and a new sports complex,” Azziz said, where currently only the ASU men’s and women’s golf teams compete in Division I.

This growth will be funded through “lean management, operational reductions and efficiencies in those same operations,” and by “rallying our philanthropic community and finding alternative revenues through discovery and technology transfer and through improved health system performance.”

The university will have to rely less on state funding, which has been cut by $53 million since fiscal year 2010 and now comprises about 23 percent of overall support, Azziz said.

He seemed to acknowledge critics of the consolidation, particularly those who were miffed by the decision to name the new university Georgia Regents University and not University of Augusta. A compromise was reached last week to use the brand name Georgia Regents University Augusta on all materials, shirts, cups and in the logo.

“Some in our community are not yet ready or prepared to embrace and accept a strong and growing university in their midst,” Azziz said. “Nor do they fully comprehend that their success and future, and that of the city, is intimately tied to how well the university does. But I know that with time and continued education and engagement, those who oppose our progress and change will soon embrace the vision of this great American university.”

Acknowledging that change is painful, he said it was unavoidable.

“I believe that the best way to predict and control our future is to create it,” Azziz said, “which is what we are doing today. Deliberately and methodically reinventing tomorrow’s university for the citizens of our region and for the peoples of the world.”

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rebellious
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rebellious 11/02/12 - 09:11 am
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Azziz said This growth will

Azziz said This growth will be funded through “lean management, operational reductions and efficiencies in those same operations,” and by “rallying our philanthropic community and finding alternative revenues through discovery and technology transfer and through improved health system performance.”

Is he nuts? He has alienated the Philanthropic through his naming fiasco

Also speaking about objecters he said “Some in our community are not yet ready or prepared to embrace and accept a strong and growing university in their midst,” Azziz said. “Nor do they fully comprehend that their success and future, and that of the city, is intimately tied to how well the university does. But I know that with time and continued education and engagement, those who oppose our progress and change will soon embrace the vision of this great American university.”

Translation: You are ignorant and cannot comprehend what I want, but I will keep hammering until I get it!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/02/12 - 09:36 am
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May be we are not seeing the bigger picture

All this consolidation talk, this is usually done to make a business profitable. Is the Ga. State run University college system going broke?

What happen? Too many national colleges offering state of the art classes, that address what the State system failed to keep up with?

Surely the GRU figured out, Students pick higher education based on Careers, industry requirements and $$$$. There just ain't to much demand for a English Lit in a OMG LOL FBF CU8R txt age.

GrovetownGuy
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GrovetownGuy 11/02/12 - 09:31 am
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His Massive Growth Speech (MGS)

Now, Eddie (Munster) your MGS plans are great for 2030, but what about milestone marks- letting the public know what to expect at the 2 year mark, 5 year mark, and the 10 year mark. Not the 2030 mark, those eggs (babies) are not even here yet. Give us the business plan, a real one!!! With your signature that makes you accountable.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/02/12 - 09:39 am
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GA Tech has a downtown Dorm setup

Students are robbed daily of their laptops, wallets and etc...

Solution: The GA Tech banned student hand guns.

It makes the robbers safer.

KSL
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KSL 11/02/12 - 10:13 am
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The things mothers find out

The things mothers find out about their children after time passes. My youngest son took with him to college an SKS. He played baseball, had 3 majors, worked in a lab, graduated with honors and didn't shoot, or need to, a single person in the four years.

KSL
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KSL 11/02/12 - 10:14 am
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GT is wrong to disarm their

GT is wrong to disarm their students.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/12 - 10:25 am
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LL said, "I encourage you to

LL said, "I encourage you to hover your mouse over the GHSU seal and then click your mouse button. What do you get?"
Ha..I did.

KSL
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KSL 11/02/12 - 10:25 am
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"Nor do they fully

"Nor do they fully comprehend........" tells us what he thinks of the populace. The hiring of him was a huge mistake and he needs to go. Someone with vision who also understands the need for community support needs to be hired to replace him. This needs to happen as soon as possible.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/12 - 10:31 am
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@RM

What you get when you click on the GHSU seal on the Medical Partnership web site must be what Azziz has in mind for the future of MCG.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/12 - 11:55 am
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Bureaucratese

Some of Dr. Z's language is hard for a technocrat such as myself to understand:

“This growth will be funded through ‘lean’ management, operational reductions and efficiencies in those same operations.”

“This growth will be funded . . . by finding alternative revenues through discovery.”

“Lack of a comprehensive university limited our ability to benefit from other disciplines, such as business, the humanities and liberal arts.”

“Lack of a comprehensive university limited “pipeline” programs to funnel promising students.”

“Lack of a comprehensive university limited our ability to leverage student growth and numbers, on behalf of all students.”

“Change is painful, and unavoidable.”

“The best way to predict and control our future is to create it, which is what we are doing today. Deliberately and methodically reinventing tomorrow’s university for the citizens of our region and for the peoples of the world.”

KSL
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KSL 11/02/12 - 01:14 pm
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Why does change have to be

Why does change have to be painful, Azziz?

caddie160
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caddie160 11/02/12 - 12:54 pm
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Dear Azziz

You missed a grand opportunity to endear yourself to this community and accomplish your goals with the new consolidated university by doing right by us. We want our university to grow and evolve but we also like our ties to our heritage. There is no reason why we couldn't have both. Time will tell of your true agenda about the renaming process. I graduated Augusta College and proudly wear my class ring everyday. Now, my alma mater is being stripped down to a faceless institution that no one from this community can relate to or be proud of.

caddie160
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caddie160 11/02/12 - 02:34 pm
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the thumbs down votes

must be coming from a relative of Azziz

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 11/02/12 - 04:35 pm
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Big surprise.

Azziz looks for even bigger statewide consolidated university by 2030? What a big surprise! (NOT!)

mrducks
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mrducks 11/02/12 - 05:01 pm
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Azziz "bodyguards"
Unpublished

When Azziz moves around the university, he requires the CHIEF of GHSU Public Safety to personally escort the "Emperor (who wears no clothes).

If this doesn't smack of his egomaniacal, delsusional, mentally ill status, there are plenty of other of his activities that point to that conclusion.

We still have tar, feathers, and railway lines. It's time we make use of them.

Tullie
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Tullie 11/03/12 - 07:12 am
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Azziz said:

Some in our community are not yet ready or prepared to embrace and accept a strong and growing university in their midst,” Azziz said.

Not true at all. I guess you can't understand the concept of people not being ready or prepared to embrace being treated like slow-witted, gap-toothed, knuckle-dragging idiots...maybe? Or how about that we don't like people wasting money like there was no tomorrow? Or being lied to? Maybe that has something to do with what is going on with the people in Augusta?

Acknowledging that change is painful, he said it was unavoidable.

Interesting.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 01/06/13 - 05:40 pm
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GRU

Azziz should have never started with all this mess - Georgia taxpayers would be richer for it - all alumni would be happier for it and would gladly continue supporting their specific universities!! I doubt it now! He just did not want to listen to those that care and shouted their opinion loud and clear!! Does he have a second residence somewhere outside of Georgia?

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