Thanks for a Succesful Year!

It's been a[nother] great year in a long string of successes across campus. We have so many accomplishments to be proud of, and we could not have implemented them without you. Your passion for teaching, advising and supporting students has helped us implement a number of programs and initiatives, including:

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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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From a Degree to a Job

Earlier this summer, I sat down with some of the top employers of UGA graduates. I took the opportunity to ask these employers--AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, and PwC, among others--what key skills they look for when recruiting new talent. Beyond the strong value that a UGA degree offers, what do these employers look for? Three clear and consistent themes emerged in this room--a global perspective, strong communication skills and the ability to be an expert in a specific field while still gaining broader skills and knowledge.

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