That's why President William A. Bloodworth Jr. established a goal that at least 15 percent of ASU's baccalaureate graduates will be math and science majors or math and science education majors.
It was one of four goals Dr. Bloodworth presented Tuesday at a monthly meeting of Augusta State's faculty that he hopes the university meets by 2012.
After the meeting, he asked facetiously how many NFL linebackers the state had produced last year, implying that greater focus should be placed on academics.
The president also wants to increase the percentage of upper-level classes being taken. Currently, that's only 28.3 percent, something he called a mystery. Increasing that percentage would serve two purposes, he said.
"If we do, the institution becomes measurably stronger in appropriations, but especially in producing college graduates," he told faculty members.
The University System of Georgia gives schools more money for teaching upper - level courses than for freshman - level courses.
The president also wants Augusta State to increase the money it receives in grants and contracts for teaching, research and public service to at least match the average of similar universities.
Last fiscal year, ASU's 10 peers received almost $2 million each on average, but ASU got about $365,000, Dr. Bloodworth said. Of the 34 state institutions, only one state university and two two-year colleges received less money.
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- Increase the money received from grants and contracts for teaching, research and public service to the average received by non-historically black colleges and universities in the state system.
- Increase the percentage of graduates who major in natural sciences, math and natural science and math education to at least 15 percent of all baccalaureate graduates.
- Increase credit hours an average of 2.5 each year.
- Increase undergraduate credit hours in upper-level courses to at least 33 percent.