Dahlonega, GA, United States
Dahlonega, GA, United States

The University of North Georgia is an educational institution that was established by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on January 8, 2013, as a result of the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College. The consolidation of the two schools was announced on January 10, 2012, and the name of the new school was announced on May 8, 2012. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved the consolidation December 11, 2012. The combined institution has campus locations in Dahlonega, Oakwood , Watkinsville , and Cumming.With just over 15,000 enrolled students, the University of North Georgia is the seventh largest public university in the state of Georgia. Within UNG, there are five colleges which collectively offer over one hundred bachelor's and associate degrees, as well as thirteen masters degrees and one doctoral degree. More than 750 students are involved in the university's ROTC program, which has given it the designation as The Military College of Georgia. It is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. In addition, it is also designated by the University System of Georgia as a state leadership institution. Wikipedia.


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News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) -- the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America -- is proud to announce its newest fellows and awardees. The presentation of the awards will occur at AGHE's 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from March 9 to 12 at the Miami Marriott Dadeland in Miami, Florida. This event provides a forum for professionals in the field of aging to present their work and share ideas about gerontological and geriatric education and training. Visit http://www. for complete details. AGHE fellow status is an honor that recognizes outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatrics education by established scholars and educators. Pamela P. Brown, PhD, Albany State University Kara B. Dassel, PhD, University of Utah Cynthia R. Hancock, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte This award was established in 1980 to recognize individuals who and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement gerontology as a field of study in institutions of higher education. Presented to Kelvin J. A. Davies, PhD, DSc, University of Southern California Saturday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. This award, named for an outstanding mentor in gerontology, is given to an individual who has contributed to gerontological education through excellence in mentorship to students, faculty, and administrators. Presented to Judith A. Sugar, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno Friday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. This award recognizes persons whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, of impact, or any combination thereof. This award recognizes new faculty whose teaching and/or leadership stands out as impactful and innovative. David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award Presented to Tina M. Kruger, PhD, Indiana State University and Andrew J. Pearl, PhD, University of North Georgia for "Beyond Assessment: Conducting Theoretically Grounded Research on Service-Learning in Gerontology Courses" Friday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE's official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. This award recognizes students whose leadership has advanced the goals and mission of AGHE as well as the respective goals of their AGHE-affiliated institutions. This award recognizes excellence in scholarly work by a student at an AGHE member institution who presents his or her work at the annual meeting. Presented to John R. Bartle, PhD, University of Nebraska, Omaha; J. Kevin Eckert, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Danielle R. Ripich, PhD, University of New England Friday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. This award, honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology or geriatrics education. Friday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. Presented to Robert S. Anderson Jr., MD, University of New England; Lisa A. Kendall, LCSW-R, CSW-G, Ithaca College; and Robin Sherman, MSM, University of Massachusetts Boston This award recognizes part-time and/or adjunct faculty for their contributions to gerontological education at an AGHE member institution. This award honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired. Recipients are individuals who have been actively involved in AGHE through service on committees, as elected officers, and/or have provided leadership in one of AGHE's grant-funded projects. The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. AGHE seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policy makers. It is currently the only institutional member organization dedicated to gerontology and geriatrics education worldwide.


News Article | November 6, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) has announced it’s picks for the nation’s Best Medical Assistant Programs for 2016-2017. Comparing online and on-campus Medical Assistant programs around the U.S., the higher education information and resource provider awarded top overall scores to Youngstown State University, Goodwin College, North Seattle College, Peninsula College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks among four-year programs, and Pitt Community College, Haywood Community College, Augusta Technical College, Piedmont Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College among two-year programs. “Like many other jobs in healthcare, there is a growing demand for up-and-coming medical assistants,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Students looking for the best programs in the nation can turn to these schools, who we found to offer the best combination of overall quality and value when it came to Medical Assistant education.” To qualify for a spot on the Best Medical Assistant Programs list, schools must meet several standard requirements. Colleges must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit entities. Each must also provide career placement services to students. Scoring for qualifying schools is determined by comparison of over a dozen value-based metrics and statistics, including student-teacher ratios and financial aid offerings. A complete list of colleges on the Best Medical Assistant Programs list is included below. Details on where each specifically ranks and the data and methodology used can be found at: Alamance Community College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bunker Hill Community College Carteret Community College Central Community College Central Georgia Technical College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Clark State Community College Columbus Technical College Eastern Arizona College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Edison State Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Fox Valley Technical College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Haywood Community College Henderson Community College Lanier Technical College Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College Mid-State Technical College Moultrie Technical College Mount Wachusett Community College Mountwest Community and Technical College Nash Community College North Georgia Technical College Northland Pioneer College Oconee Fall Line Technical College Pamlico Community College Piedmont Community College Pitt Community College Richmond Community College Santa Fe Community College Savannah Technical College South Georgia Technical College South Piedmont Community College Southeastern Technical College Southern Regional Technical College Southwestern Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College Stanly Community College Terra State Community College Wilkes Community College Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Arkansas Tech University Baker College of Auburn Hills Baker College of Clinton Township Baker College of Flint Baker College of Muskegon Baker College of Port Huron Broward College Cabarrus College of Health Sciences California College San Diego California College San Diego Centralia College City College - Fort Lauderdale Clarion University of Pennsylvania CollegeAmerica - Cheyenne CollegeAmerica - Colorado Springs CollegeAmerica - Denver CollegeAmerica - Flagstaff CollegeAmerica - Fort Collins CollegeAmerica - Phoenix Columbia Basin College Concordia University-Wisconsin Davenport University Daytona State College Eastern Florida State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Goodwin College Highline College Idaho State University Jackson College Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Lake Washington Institute of Technology Lewis-Clark State College Miami Dade College Palm Beach State College Peninsula College Pensacola State College Remington College - Shreveport Campus Remington College - Tampa Campus Seattle Community College - North Campus South Texas College Stevens-Henager College Trocaire College University of Akron Main Campus University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College University of Cincinnati - Clermont College University of North Georgia Wright Career College Youngstown State University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


News Article | November 3, 2016
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A new list from leading higher education and online student resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has ranked the Best Online Colleges in Georgia for 2016-2017. Comparing more than a dozen statistics on affordability and program variety, schools at the top of the list include Columbus State University, Brenau University, Shorter University, Albany State University and Truett-McConnell College among four-year institutions, and Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College among two-year institutions. "Among large urban areas, Atlanta is 7th in the nation in college enrollment,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "More students are seeking the flexibility that online colleges in Georgia offer. This list highlights the schools offering the best combination of quality and value when it comes to online education.” There are specific qualifications schools must meet to make the Best Online Colleges in Georgia list. Only colleges and universities that are accredited are considered, and each must hold public or private not-for-profit standing. Cost and affordability minimums are also set; in-state tuition must fall under $5,000 annually for two-year institutions and under $25,000 annually for four-year institutions to qualify. Scoring for each school is determined by analysis of a variety of statistics, including financial aid availability and breadth of online program options. Find where each of Georgia’s Best Online Colleges ranks and learn more about the methodology used to compile each list at the link below: The following schools are recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Georgia: The following schools are recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Georgia: Albany State University Armstrong Atlantic State University Beulah Heights University Brenau University Clayton State University College of Coastal Georgia Columbus State University Dalton State College Fort Valley State University Georgia College and State University Georgia Regents University Georgia Southern University Kennesaw State University Luther Rice University & Seminary Middle Georgia State College Reinhardt University Shorter University Thomas University Toccoa Falls College Truett-McConnell College University of North Georgia University of West Georgia Valdosta State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges with online programs for 2017 in the state of Georgia. 29 of the state’s four-year schools made the list, with University of Georgia, Mercer University, Brenau University, Reinhardt University and Shorter University coming in as the highest scoring schools. 19 two-year schools were also included, with Central Georgia Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College earning the highest marks. “As more versatile options for education become available, more students enrolled in college programs in Georgia can earn certificates and degrees on their own schedule by choosing to study online,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The accredited schools on our list all offer high-quality online programs for students who want to earn a degree remotely.” Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must be an institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit and have at least one online certificate or degree program to qualify. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes student/teacher ratios, post-graduation employment resources, graduation rate and financial aid availability. More than a dozen data points were used to create the list. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Georgia’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany State University Armstrong Atlantic State University Augusta University Beulah Heights University Brenau University Clayton State University College of Coastal Georgia Columbus State University Dalton State College Fort Valley State University Georgia College and State University Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Georgia Southern University Georgia Southwestern State University Kennesaw State University Kennesaw State University Luther Rice College & Seminary Mercer University Middle Georgia State University Reinhardt University Savannah College of Art and Design Shorter University Thomas University Toccoa Falls College Truett-McConnell College University of Georgia University of North Georgia University of West Georgia Valdosta State University Georgia’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany Technical College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Central Georgia Technical College Chattahoochee Technical College Coastal Pines Technical College Columbus Technical College Georgia Military College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Perimeter College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Lanier Technical College Oconee Fall Line Technical College Ogeechee Technical College Southeastern Technical College Southern Regional Technical College West Georgia Technical College Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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SR Education Group, an education publisher founded in 2004, has just announced a substantial update to its flagship website, Guide to Online Schools: the 2017 Top Online Colleges. The rankings use a proprietary formula that takes into account academic strength and affordability in order to provide a list of colleges offering high quality online education at the best value. All colleges on the lists have annual tuition rates of $15,000 or less. SR Education Group has named the the University of Maryland - College Park the #1 Top Online College. The University of Washington - Seattle and Cedarville University round out the top 3 on the overall ranking. The University of North Georgia is the #1 pick for online Associate Degrees; Fort Hays State University is #1 for online Bachelor’s degrees; Georgia Institute of Technology is #1 for online Master’s degrees; and Montana State University is #1 for online Doctoral degrees. “A lot of education publishers release rankings of the ‘best’ colleges, but a list based solely on prestige is not always the most relevant resource for the vast majority of prospective students,” says Sung Rhee, CEO of SR Education Group. “Not everyone can get into Harvard or MIT. Most students want a college education that is both high quality and affordable. They care about value. Our ranking was designed to achieve that.” SR Education Group has been researching and publishing content about online colleges since 2004, and has been publishing online college rankings since 2010. This year’s Top Online Colleges methodology employs manually researched, degree-specific tuition rates along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). For schools that met the criteria, academic strength factors and annual tuition rates were entered into a proprietary algorithm to determine value score and rank order. The result is a ranking that highlights schools with records of academic success and commitment to affordability. All schools that made the overall 2017 Top Online Colleges ranking offer at least 10 fully online degrees, and the average annual tuition rate of the ranked schools is just $9,020. The University of Maryland - College Park earned the #1 spot for providing stellar academics at affordable rates. Morningside College has the lowest annual tuition on the overall list, offering an online master’s degree for just $4,320 per year. Fort Hays State University, which offers an online Bachelor’s degree for an annual tuition of $6,217, is ranked on 4 out of this year’s 5 lists: #1 for Bachelor’s degrees, #3 for Associate programs, #12 for Master’s degrees, and #16 overall. Georgia Tech, known for its innovative, low-cost online graduate programs, tops the list of Top Online Master’s Degrees and offers an annual tuition rate of $5,100. SR Education Group will be continuing their research into the cost and quality of online colleges and will be publishing over 100 program-specific Top Online Colleges rankings throughout 2017. The upcoming rankings will maintain an emphasis on value by providing lists of schools offering online programs with high academic standards and low annual tuition rates. About SR Education Group Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, SR Education Group was founded in 2004 by CEO Sung Rhee. The company’s mission is to create authoritative online resources for students seeking an online education program that best suits their budget and career aspirations. SR Education Group is passionate about making quality education attainable for everyone and believes that objective information about education, careers, and educational financing should be free and easily accessible. For more information, please visit http://www.sreducationgroup.org/.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 614.93K | Year: 2015

The University of North Georgia (UNG), through the project entitled Strengthening Pathways to the Baccalaureate for STEM Scholars from a Predominantly 2-Year Campus will strive to increase the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by recruiting, mentoring, and supporting academically talented but financially needy students through degree completion and partnering with employers to facilitate placement in the STEM workforce. The project will focus on students who enroll at UNGs Gainesville Campus, which has a mission of that of a traditional 2-year institution, and who transfer to baccalaureate STEM programs at UNGs Dahlonega Campus, and also seek to improve student retention and graduation rates on both campuses. The project will support full time students in programs leading to associate or baccalaureate degrees in biological sciences (except medicine or other clinical fields), physical sciences (including physics, chemistry and materials science), mathematical sciences, and technology areas associated with the aforementioned disciplines. Among the intended broader impacts are providing students with skills to improve academic and workforce competitiveness, increasing faculty involvement in mentoring students, fostering permanent changes in organizational practices to provide an environment that encourages and supports diversity, and increasing the economic diversity of the STEM workforce.

The project will achieve four key objectives: (1) improve educational opportunities for financially needy students by awarding 24 competitive scholarships annually, (2) increase retention of students to degree achievement by creating supportive environments through enhancements in organizational culture and practices; (3) improve student support programs by providing faculty mentoring, peer mentoring, academic workshops, tutoring, an early alert system, counseling, disciplinary activities, undergraduate research experiences, and participation in professional meetings; and (4) increase the number of well-educated, skilled employees in the STEM workforce by implementing the project with industry partners, who will provide guest lecturers, site visits, special activities and internship and placement opportunities in STEM occupations. The initiative will advance knowledge of effective practices that prepare students to pursue STEM careers from traditional 2-year institutions, the nations fastest growing educational level, by innovatively integrating student support and placement.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 74.98K | Year: 2016

The University of North Georgias College of Science and Mathematics and College of Education are creating the North Georgia Undergraduate Education or NGagE program. The program will take advantage of the newly created pathway provided by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to prepare and certify teachers. The new program will be innovative and train STEM majors to become highly qualified STEM teachers in both STEM content and pedagogy. The program will create new courses that will integrate recognized and successful STEM practices and methodology in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics. The NGagE program will also provide extensive field experience building on UNGs successful Professional Development Community (PDC) model for training pre-service teachers. Pre-service teachers in the NGagE program will have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained through the program coursework immediately in the partnering school districts. This STEM pathway will have a significant effect on the STEM preparation in Georgia, and assist prospective teachers in overcoming barriers in pursuing STEM training through the combined efforts of a project team of scientists, educators, and community partners.

The University of North Georgia College of Science and Mathematics and College of Education propose a Capacity Building project through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The goal and scope of the North Georgia Undergraduate Education Program (NGagE) are to increase the number and quality of STEM secondary teachers by utilizing a newly created pathway for teacher preparation. A collaborative faculty team will analyze the needs in the UNG service area. To build capacity, the team will: 1) attract and recruit high school upperclassmen, university freshmen, undeclared majors, and practicing professionals to become STEM majors in the new pathway with the goal of increasing the number of highly prepared STEM teachers; 2) build partnerships within a Professional Development Community with schools and teachers to facilitate the training and mentoring of pre-service teachers; and 3) successfully prepare STEM teachers through the development of innovative coursework, the use of STEM faculty mentors for advising and undergraduate research, and industry partners for relevant STEM practices. The first year will entail laying the foundation for the NGagE program. The assessment of successful project development and capacity building will be both quantitative and qualitative. Program development and new coursework will be reviewed. NGagE has a unique opportunity to develop and reform secondary teacher preparation in the STEM fields in the state of Georgia.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 396.99K | Year: 2010

This Type II project extends research and curriculum development performed in an NSF Phase I CCLI project conducted from 2007 to 2010. In Phase I, co-PIs produced Instructor and Student Guides for implementing discovery learning projects in introductory statistics courses at college and Advanced Placement (AP) secondary levels. They also developed and validated three instruments: a content knowledge test, a self-efficacy scale for statistical tasks, and a scale for perceived usefulness of statistics. Five college and AP secondary pilot instructors used the materials; student outcomes were measured using the 3 instruments and were compared to prior student outcomes for each instructor in a quasi-experimental control-vs.-treatment design. Results showed significant gains, particularly in student self beliefs and also in content knowledge. Results also showed variable effect among instructors, as well as interaction among three variables: instructor, student achievement level, and use of the materials.

In the Type II project, curriculum materials are revised to add flexibility. The control-treatment design is repeated using a geographically diverse nationwide group. In addition, the existing instruments are updated to more accurately measure student knowledge and attitude gains achieved by participating in the discovery projects. To measure teacher orientation toward facilitating these projects, a new instrument is created. Finally, the team introduces a qualitative component to the research design. The project goals are as follows:
1. Promote vertical integration and wider university utility of Discovery Project Curriculum Materials: Adapt project guides to early secondary curricula; make college guides more flexible.
2. Revise quantitative instruments from Phase I and use these to analyze student outcomes.
3. Use qualitative research to explore interactions among teachers, students and discovery projects.
4. Widely disseminate improved curricular materials and quantitative/qualitative research results.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Macromolec/Supramolec/Nano | Award Amount: 86.47K | Year: 2014

Malika Jeffries-EL of Iowa State University is funded by the Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry Program for collaborative research involving a team of scientists from both Iowa State and North Georgia College. The team is developing new electronics materials that are organic, meaning they are made from carbon-based molecules rather than the more commonly used inorganic materials, such as those based on silicon or germanium. In addition to their relative abundance, these organic materials have much lower fabrication costs and provide a range of properties not found in the inorganic substances. In this project, a combination of synthesis, theoretical calculations and physical measurement studies are being combined to design and fabricate working electronic devices. This work is having a broad impact not only on the electronics industry, but also by providing an interdisciplinary research experience for both undergraduate and graduate students, which fosters an interest in chemistry through a creative outreach effort targeting female and underrepresented minority students at all educational levels.

This project focuses on developing new cross-conjugated organic semiconductors for use in organic light emitting diodes and photovoltaic cells. In particular, novel cross-conjugated oligomers comprised of the robust benzobisoxazole (BBO) moiety are being studied. BBO is used as the electron-deficient building block since it is a unique cross-conjugated ring system that can be coupled either through the oxazole rings or through the central benzene ring, producing substances with different properties. The group is synthesizing materials with perpendicular conjugation axes because they have spatially segregated frontier molecular orbitals. This provides a means for semi-independent tuning of either the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) or highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO). The benefits of the approach are that the cross-conjugated platform allows for the opportunity to optimize the material?s optical and electronic properties for specific applications. Various materials are being prepared and the most promising ones studied further by incorporation into working devices.

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