Thanks for a Succesful Year!

Friday, December 2, 2016

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: Experiential Learning, a new Exploratory Center for academic advising and a new Science Learning Center, the Discovery Showcase Majors Fair, the new DegreeWorks Plans, downloadable class rolls in Athena, Small Class Sizeinitiative, Centralized Classroom Scheduling system, and the Go4UGA advising tools project.

We welcomed two new directors in the Office of Instruction—Chase Hagood, took over leadership of the Division of Academic Enhancement following the retirement of Earl Ginter, and Greg Spillers took over the reins for the revamped Pre-Health Advising Program (formerly, Pre-Medical Advising) from interim director David Eisner. Stay tuned, as you’ll be seeing good things coming from these two units in the near future.

As we get ready for the exam week, there are just a couple of more ways we can help our students get through the semester and be prepared for the spring.

Please remember that final grades are due on Dec. 19 at 5pm. With exams ending on Dec. 13, we have six full days to post grades. We have not had a six-day period to post grades since 2011. Last fall, we only had two days to turn in grades, a difficult task for many of our faculty teaching large classes. Most of our students receive some sort of financial aid, whether through HOPE, Zell Miller, Pell or other form of federal aid or loans. These students depend on grade reporting in order to receive aid for the next semester. We also have students taking pre-requisite courses and who need their grades posted to continue in the next course in order to graduate on time. We average around 745 student records that don’t make the grade posting deadline for fall semester, and these delays impact students’ ability to get financial aid or register for classes. To avoid these problems for our students, I am asking for your help in ensuring a 100% submission rate this semester. Please make sure all your grades are submitted before 5pm on Dec. 19.

Thank you, also, for the overwhelming response of nominations for the Creative Teaching Awards. We've received submissions for a number of incredibly talented faculty who are teaching outside of the box and providing an innovative learning environment for our students. Stay tuned for an announcement of our 2017 CTA recipients early in the spring semester.

Thanks again for a great year. We continue to look for ways to make UGA better for our students, faculty and staff. If you have any new, innovative ideas, please send me a note at ovpi@uga.edu.

Sincerely,

Rahul Shrivastav
Vice President for Instruction