For the past four years, UGA (University of Georgia) has kept their goal of developing new presidential hiring initiatives focused on enhancing the learning environment for students.
According to an article by Online Athens, under UGA President Jere Morehead, the university called this year’s initiative the “Investing in the Student Experience,” aimed at hiring 25 new faculty and staff members.
"At the heart of the University of Georgia is an unrelenting commitment to excellence in teaching and learning- it is our first principle," Morehead expressed in a UGA news article. "This exciting new initiative represents the latest in a series of strategic investments to elevate-even higher-the academic experiences of our students."
The focus is recruiting outstanding teachers and staff members in the academic disciplines to combat the spike in growth due to student demand.
In recent years, UGA has not only seen an increase in the number of incoming freshmen but also the high academic averages that come with them.
The latest numbers show that many new incoming students have an average 4.0 GPA and an ACT score of 30.
The newly implemented initiative will help the latest crop of students reach their academic goals in majors such as computer science, management information systems, finance, financial planning, engineering, statistics, biology, biochemistry/molecular biology, and international affairs/political science.
"One of the things that sets the University of Georgia apart is our deep commitment to providing students with the types of learning opportunities that help them thrive during their time on campus and after graduation," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. "The Investing in the Student Experience hiring initiative builds on that history, and I look forward to welcoming our new faculty members and academic advisors to campus."
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