As I'm writing this article, our director of Academic Honesty and Integrity Phillip Griffeth is filing his annual report on the number of academic dishonesty cases for 2016-17. I'm pleased to share that the number of cases his office saw in 2016-17 went down 15% (from 569 to 482) from the prior year.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We've had several questions about whether this new change in HOPE impacts previous courses. It is not retroactive. This change only impacts courses in Fall 2017 and going forward. We encourage you to read more about the HOPE modification for STEM weighted courses below and follow the links to find which of your STEM courses are included.
First-generation college students at the University of Georgia will receive expanded academic support to help them enter and excel in doctoral programs thanks to a $1.16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
With the summer semester winding down this week and new student orientations coming to a close, we're preparing for the beginning of a new academic year and new goals to improve student engagement and achievement. In a couple of weeks, we'll not only be welcoming our students back to campus, but also have about 300 new faculty join the UGA family.
People I meet outside of the university often ask me if our office slows down for the summer. They are surprised when I tell them that on the contrary, we actually pick up the pace as we work on new student orientation, preparing for the Fall and Spring semesters and implementing various new projects for the upcoming year. This is probably no different in your areas as well.
Spring has become one of my favorite seasons--it's a time of celebration for our faculty and staff who have worked hard to improve the lives of UGA's students. Spring is when we recognize the innovative teaching and guidance of our faculty, teaching assistants, and advisors.
Honors Week is marked with celebrations of our most accomplished teachers and students, including winners of our Creative Teaching Award. I hope you've had the opportunity to participate in the various ceremonies recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of the honorees from your schools and colleges.
Five University of Georgia faculty were honored with 2017 First-Year Odyssey Teaching Awards at a reception held on April 12 celebrating the continued success of the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program. Award recipients and their seminar titles included:
Each year the University of Georgia recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated superior teaching skills and contributed to teaching beyond their own classroom responsibilities through the Excellence in Teaching Awards administered by the Graduate School and the Outstanding Teaching Awards administered by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.