UGA is the place to be this summer! Thanks to all your efforts, our preliminary data indicate that our total enrollment this summer has increased over 9 percent compared to 2015. We are offering nearly 2,300 unique courses, including over 300 online classes (an increase of about 85 percent over last year).
Congratulations! We made it to the end of a year of great academic achievement. Thanks for all your contributions over the last several months to improve student learning and setting the bar higher for our incoming students. We couldn't have done it without you!
Congratulations on another great year! We are so proud of your diligence and academic achievement. As we begin to prepare for another year, we are excited to share the progress we've made on various initiatives. Here are some things to look forward to.
Even as we prepare to graduate the Class of 2016, many faculty members and colleagues all across campus are anticipating the official launch of the experiential learning initiative later this year. Much has been accomplished to prepare for this launch, and we continue to build the infrastructure to support this major initiative for our students.
In keeping with Honors Week, we recently honored five faculty whose teaching has impacted first-year student engagement at UGA. Stephen Hajduk, Melissa Harshman, Michal Mengak, Anneliese Singh and Robert Warren each received a First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award for innovative teaching in their FYO courses. Their success in engaging their students, providing them with a strong connection to the university through their research, and tying their curriculum directly to FYO Seminar program goals makes a big difference in ensuring that our students become more successful at UGA.
Spring is generally the time we reflect on and celebrate the successes of the past several months. One of the most exciting opportunities I have in the OVPI is to honor our outstanding faculty who are dedicated to innovative instructional practices and in ensuring that our students receive the maximum benefit from their own experience, knowledge and expertise through the OVPI's Creative Teaching Awards. This year we paid surprise visits to five outstanding faculty, to let them know personally how much we value their efforts.
Advances in technology and knowledge are creating more careers in medical and healthcare professions. With our student body quickly following these trends, the OVPI is looking to improve student preparation for professional schools and careers by centralizing the pre-health program with a more concentrated effort on student need and providing more collaboration with the Career Center, advisors, faculty and other resources across campus
Advances in technology and knowledge are creating more careers in medical and healthcare professions, and our student body is very quickly following these industry trends as indicated by the increase in the number of applications to medical and professional schools in the last several years. In 2015 our Premedical Studies Program office assisted approximately 700 UGA students in working toward or applying to medical professional schools, including allopathic, osteopathic, dental, and optometry.
As we get ready to host the Fifth Annual STEM Institute this week, I thought I'd take the opportunity to update you on the new and exciting things happening in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at UGA. I am sure you have already heard about STEM disciplines in the popular media, and the increasingly rapid rate of discovery in many of these disciplines.
As the Spring semester rolls on, advising is front-and-center for a lot of our students. As it turns out, advising is a hot topic of discussion in our offices as well. Last summer, the Office of Institutional Research began an exhaustive assessment of the paths our students took from the time they arrived at UGA until they graduated.