ASU sets goals at meeting

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Augusta State University produced a third of the state's physics teachers last year - a grand total of one.

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.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

SCHOOL'S GOALS

- 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.

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LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 12/03/08 - 04:28 am
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He should also focus on

He should also focus on things like customer service training for the people that work at the financial aid office and the college of education. He should provide those people with training on how to talk to people and handle the issues when they arise.

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Riverman1 12/03/08 - 04:56 am
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ASU continues to improve

ASU continues to improve under Dr. Bloodworth. It is hard to believe this was a junior college not too many years ago. It is maturing and a tremendous asset to the community. It positively deserves more community support in the form of gifts. By the way, Dr. Bloodworth, I believe ASU and Augusta could support a Div I basketball team and it could be the catalyst to bring in the community. The talent and coaching is already there. Look at the College of Charleston and how they moved into Div I and what it did for them.

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dhd1108 12/03/08 - 05:43 am
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AMEN on the ineptitude of

AMEN on the ineptitude of financial aid office workers. ASU has made major strides though.. the campus has made a dramatic change in just the past 8 years. State of the art buildings now stand where a smattering of WW2 warehouses were. The athletic department has also made great progress. The communications & english departments (once the pride of the school) now lag and want for fresh blood & new ideas. (get them tenured guys outta there)

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LadyCisback 12/03/08 - 06:39 am
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I don't argue the

I don't argue the improvements that have been made in the past few years however I believe that more can be made such as financial aid office and their lack of communication to the students and the same for the college of education and the other departments that have education majors.. and just all around communication between the colleges.. so much improvement is needed still but Dr. Bloodworth has done a lot for ASU and I am sure he will continue.. way to go!!

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ktrigg@aug.edu 12/03/08 - 11:34 am
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I'd love to know in what ways

I'd love to know in what ways the new Department of Communications and Professional Writing at ASU is lacking.

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