Georgia College & State University’s online MBA program has received kudos from U.S. News & World Report.
The program was ranked 43rd in the nation in the faculty credentials and training category, 44th for student services and technology and 85th for student engagement and accreditation.
The magazine rated programs in different areas, rather than ranking a school’s overall program.
Georgia College is one of six schools in the state that participate in Georgia WebMBAww, an accelerated 21-month online program, along with the University of West Georgia and Columbus State, Kennesaw State, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State universities.
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“This national ranking reflects the quality and dedication of our students and faculty,” Matthew Liao-Troth, dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, said in a statement. “Our Georgia WebMBA program provides mid-career professionals opportunities to advance their degrees while keeping the demands of their careers and families in mind.”
New administrator at Mercer
Wayne C. Glasgow has been named senior vice provost for research and dean of graduate studies at Mercer University.
He will serve as an administrator over graduate degree programs and research initiatives, reach out to prospective and current graduate students, oversee the Office of Sponsored Research and Graduate Studies and the Institutional Review Board and serve as the Graduate Council chairman.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with research programs in all 11 schools and colleges and to continue the process of fostering and developing collaborative research across the university,” Glasgow said in a news release. “I am also looking forward to being involved in the further development and enhancement of graduate education at Mercer.”
Glasgow will continue to serve as the associate dean for research for the Mercer School of Medicine and chair of biomedical sciences on the Savannah campus, roles he had before his recent appointment. He will also remain in his role as director of the Department of Laboratory Oncology Research in the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute of Memorial University Medical Center.
Glasgow has been a member of Mercer’s faculty since 1996, when he became an assistant professor for Mercer’s medical school.
Bibb school board names 2012 officers
The Bibb County school board chose its 2012 officers at its meeting Thursday.
President Tommy Barnes and Vice President Susan Middleton will continue their roles for one more year.
Lynn Farmer will serve as secretary starting with the board’s February meeting, succeeding Ella Carter in that role. Wanda West will be the board’s treasurer, taking over for Sue Sipe.
Mercer will mark anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Mercer University will mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade with several presentations based on the theme “Can We Find Common Ground on Abortion?”
The events will feature speakers such as Rachel Laser, former senior counsel to the National Women’s Law Center, and David Gushee, Mercer’s Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday: “Common Ground on Abortion?,” Trustees Dining Room, Mercer’s Atlanta campus, noon; Presidents Dining Room, University Center, Macon, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: “Religion, Ethics and Abortion: a Conversation,” Newton Chapel, 10 a.m.
“Abortion, Law and the 2012 Election,” Walter F. George School of Law Moot Courtroom, 3:30 p.m.
The events are sponsored by the university’s Center for Theology and Public Life and mark the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.
Stamps Scholars Program at Mercer
Mercer University will be able to offer full tuition, books, room and board for five incoming freshmen this fall as a participating school in the Stamps Scholars Program.
Mercer is one of 25 schools throughout the country now participating in the program. Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan are among other Stamps Scholars Program schools.
The Stamps Scholars will also get $16,000 over four years for activities such as studying abroad and undergraduate research. Later on, school leaders expect to name 10 scholars each year.
E. Roe Stamps IV and his wife, Penelope, started the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, which funds the scholarships, to help exceptional students attend college. E. Roe Stamps IV was raised in Macon and graduated from Stratford Academy.
“Mercer has a well-established reputation for attracting some of the most capable and talented students in the country,” Mercer President William D. Underwood said in a news release. “The Stamps Scholars Program will allow us to provide further incentives to encourage the brightest students to enroll at the University. I am very grateful to Roe and Penny Stamps and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation for bringing Mercer into this outstanding program.”
Grant will boost wellness at child centers
Bright from the Start, a segment of the state Department of Early Care and Learning, is seeking applicants for grants up to $3,000 to support wellness activities in child care centers.
The money is part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a nutrition and physical activity program in Middle Georgia.
Bright from the Start will select 38 early care and education centers in 42 Middle Georgia counties for the grants. The organization will assist these centers in developing wellness policies that encourage healthy eating and physical activity for children up to 5 years old.
For more information, visit decal.ga.gov/Nutrition/NutritionServicesMain.aspx.
Houston schools win state awards
Six Houston County schools and four Bibb County schools won Single Statewide Accountability System awards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for the 2010-11 school year, according to a news release.
Bonaire Elementary, Lake Joy Elementary and were among more than 250 schools recognized for high achievement on standardized tests.
Award levels are Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze in two categories -- greatest gains, for schools that showed the greatest improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test or Georgia High School Graduation Test, and highest performance, for schools with the highest percentage of students meeting and exceeding academic standards on the tests.
Bibb County had two schools in the greatest gains catergory. Carter Elementary was awarded gold and Bernd Elementary was awarded silver.
All six Houston schools were awarded for highest performance. Bonaire and Lake Joy elementary schools received silver honors, while Alexander II Magnet and Springdale Elementary in Bibb and Quail Run Elementary, Feagin Mill Middle, Mossy Creek Middle and Veterans High School in Houston were awarded bronze.
Also, Wilkinson County’s Elementary School was awarded bronze in the greatest gain category.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo and Caryn Grant.