Removing Barriers and Opening Doors

n case you've not heard the news around campus, we have just launched the Commit to Georgia Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in UGA history. This campaign will allow us to open doors and remove barriers for students at levels we have never been able to before. We are committed to ensuring that financial needs do not limit opportunities for any of our students. We are committed to advancing success for every student at UGA, regardless of their background.

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Committing to Our Students

As we launch the Commit to Georgia Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in UGA history, we have the opportunity to impact students in ways we've never done before. Through this campaign, we make a commitment to ensure that financial needs do not come in the way of success for our students. We make a commitment that financial hardship does not limit students' abilities to avail educational opportunities critical for their success. We make a commitment to improving the learning environment and outcomes for our students. So why does this campaign matter so much? And what can each of you do to help?

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Engage: Teaching Outside the Box

We've talked in recent months about how to help our students succeed, offering them greater tools and resources to help them prepare for life after graduation. One such emerging tool is providing greater student access to textbooks and learning materials, and it's gaining momentum among faculty at UGA and other University System schools, while collectively saving students millions of dollars over the course of their college careers.

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Engage: Thinking Beyond the Major

It should come as a no surprise to anyone that the landscape around higher education has changed very rapidly in the last several years. One significant shift has been in the nature of knowledge and skill that lead to new discoveries, development of high impact practices, better employability or improved overall outcomes for individuals and communities.

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Guiding Students to Major Choices

On behalf of all the OVPI units and programs that support student and faculty success, welcome back! And a very special welcome to our new faculty, more than 100 or so of whom I met at orientation last week. We know you received a lot of new information, so if at any point you have questions, please feel free to get in touch with me or any of our units in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.

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Paving the Way for Student Success

Summer is a very busy period in the OVPI and this summer has been no exception. Undergraduate Admissions just completed the last orientation session this week for more than 5,400 first-year students in what is likely to be another very diverse and highly qualified class of students. We're also wrapping up our Freshman College Summer Experience program aimed at transitioning high school students to college.

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Exploratory Center

Exploratory Center

For the first time ever on the University of Georgia campus, students will have a central place to go for advising assistance for deciding on majors for career choices that are the best fit for them. The new Exploratory Center for academic advising, which officially opens on the first day of fall semester classes on Aug. 11 on the first floor of the Tate Student Center, will house 13 advisors specifically trained to help students with undecided majors or who want to change their majors, and ultimately help them figure out a career path.

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