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Ricardo Azziz says size helps GRU compete

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Bigger is better, and that is why the consolidation that Georgia Regents University underwent is really part of a larger trend, Presi­dent Ricardo Azziz said.

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Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz spoke the Augusta West Rotary Club on Thursday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz spoke the Augusta West Rotary Club on Thursday.

Speaking Thursday to the Augusta West Rotary Club, Azziz said the merger, which officially went through in January 2013, was one of five in the past 30 years that consolidated a health sciences university with a broader-based institution – but it won’t be the last.

“Across the nation, more and more institutions are looking at how they merge and come together to actually create a larger whole,” he said.

“Whether it is in health care where hospitals are merging together and creating larger networks, whether it is companies in business, or whether it is universities, size matters. Why? The larger you are, the more competitive you are on a global basis, the more you’re able to compete.”

That is why China has been consolidating its universities over the past 20 years to make them more globally competitive, he said. GRU now boasts the highest enrollment in health science programs it has ever had, Azziz said, and the demand for student housing “is at an all-time high.”

GRU is one of nine universities the University System of Georgia has targeted to bring in private developers to build student housing, Azziz said. The hope is to have new housing for 650 students within a couple of years, initially on the Health Sciences campus. The school is at work on a master plan for facilities, and consultants are still gathering data, Azziz said.

He promised the audience, “all of you will be notified, and we hope to educate the community as we get a better idea of what our plans are.”

The school opened a Confucius Institute in partnership with a government agency in China to bring Chinese culture to the university, but GRU’s is the only one in North America with an academic medical center seeking to bring traditional Chinese medicine in, Azziz said. As an expert in polycystic ovary syndrome, Azziz studied acupuncture and traditional Chinese herb therapies.

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 07:43 pm
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As an alumna of ASU, I don't

As an alumna of ASU, I don't think bigger is better.

I got another "love magazine" from GRU the other day. It's about 75% MCG and about 25% ASU. It is now in the local landfill.

It is sad to watch ASU get swallowed up and diminished.

But I wish I knew how much it costs to print those magazines, it must be a fortune. They are very slick, professionally done, and it must cost many thousands of dollars.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 07:46 pm
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And then I think about all

And then I think about all the people at ASU that can barely afford tuition and books (I know how that goes, been there, done that) and money is being wasted on junk, especially the brag pages, as I call them-

Dr. Joe Schmo was just appointed as chief XXX at ________.

Dr. Joe Blow is now the XXXX at >>>>>>>>.

Sally Smart, 'XX, is now the $$$$$ at ######.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 07:52 pm
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But here would be mine-

But here would be mine- "Corgimom, ASU XX BBA, YY BBA, YY MBA, is a online poster being thoroughly entertained by posters on the AC blog."

Think that would fly?

I think that's worth bragging about, all of you are a hoot and I wouldn't trade any of you for anything.

bright idea
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bright idea 07/24/14 - 08:18 pm
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Maybe

GRU will improve the athletic program since they are bigger.

willie7
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willie7 07/24/14 - 11:37 pm
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10 years from today, we will
Unpublished

10 years from today, we will be very proud of GRU. And it will be a polished diamond!!!
Augusta will boom with the growth of GRU---we are very fortunate
to have an outstanding university in our great town.

raul
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raul 07/24/14 - 11:59 pm
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When the name change fiasco

When the name change fiasco happened, they sent me the info soliciting donations from alumna from ASU (AC in my day). I wrote them a personal note to not send me any more requests for contributions and to take me off their mailing lists. Did they comply. Nope still getting the glossy brochures that go right into the garbage.

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iaaffg 07/25/14 - 05:03 am
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raul: i did the same, still

raul: i did the same, still get their junk asking for money. "please help someone realize their dream", socialist/communist crap like that. i tell them no one helped me realize my dream of a college degree except myself....my own hard work and loans i paid back. but no one 'helped' me by handing me a wad a cash and saying: 'here, go realize your dream, darling.'
mr azziz: we aren't china. it figures you would bring up a communist campground like china in your speech, but we aren't china, do not want to be china, and shouldn't be basing any of what we do here in the u.s.a. on 'how they do it in china'. you want communism, move there, be a big shot college president there and play the consolidation game. we all know your game: pee on our legs and tell us it's rain.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/25/14 - 07:00 am
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Think There's A Reason?

Think there's a reason no other institution in North America is bringing traditional Chinese medicine to their medical school?

SimpleGirl
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SimpleGirl 07/25/14 - 07:00 am
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GRU

GRU just may not be "bigger" much longer since so many of the ASU folks are leaving! And with Azziz "cleaning house", he could end up being the only one left .

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/25/14 - 07:58 am
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Bigger isn't better as far as

Bigger isn't better as far as student appeal- many students seek smaller schools with smaller classrooms of less than 20 students- rather than an auditorium of over a hundred. He cheated because he didn't build a larger school he fused two schools with completely distinct niches and have little in common.i think the state will regret this trend and within five years likely reverse this fusing of schools all over the state. Like many students are opting for nursing degrees at Augusta tech

MrClen1944
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MrClen1944 07/25/14 - 08:36 am
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Azziz was speaking of his

Azziz was speaking of his ego, not the school.

foxsilong
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foxsilong 07/25/14 - 09:22 am
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I was part of the first graduating class of GRU

I was the first graduating class of GRU, and the first class to receive GRU diploma and ASU diploma. Nowadays I get GRU newsletter, GRU magazines and a GRU Alumni pumper sticker from the mail.

I don't use none of GRU's stuff, not even the diploma.
I never received any snob appealing merchandise from ASU before and now I'm getting all these newsletter/magazine/brochure about how splendid and magnificent GRU is....what the heck?

Who likes it when someone is rubbing all over your face about how great they are?

foxsilong
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foxsilong 07/25/14 - 09:29 am
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Just read this description...

"About GRU
Georgia Regents University, home of the Medical College of Georgia, is one of only four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia.
Founded in 1828, the university includes nine colleges and schools with nearly 9,000 students, over 1,000 full-time faculty and nearly 7,000 staff.
With a campus of approximately 150 buildings, the university is a $1 billion-plus enterprise with statewide and national reach. The Medical College of Georgia includes a partnership campus in Athens, Ga., and satellite campuses in the Georgia cities of Albany, Rome and Savannah."

Corgi was right about 75% MCG and about 25% ASU.....I mean just read that description man......

BTW, MCG was founded in 1828, not GRU.
GRU was founded in Jan 2013. and ASU was founded in 1785.

Esctab
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Esctab 07/25/14 - 10:12 am
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... And in related news, bigger is not better.....

The following story published in the AC on Wednesday needs to be linked to today’s article describing Azziz’s brag speech at the Rotary Club:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-07-23/two-gru-officials-st...

Seems that Mark Hamrick is not as impressed with Azziz’s so-called accomplishments as the ZZZZ man is with himself.

SimpleGirl
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SimpleGirl 07/25/14 - 11:30 am
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Overdue for a title change

With the many changes that have taken place since Azziz came on board, not good changes I must add, I think it time HR change his title from President to Dictator. He's proven he fulfills the job specifications required of that of a Dictator.

blues550
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blues550 08/23/14 - 09:38 am
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Thew Town Clown
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Azziz will always be thw town clown...with apologies to clowns everywhere.

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