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2018 IHE Report News

IN HER INSIGHTFUL McBee Lecture earlier this year, Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper reminded her listeners of a quotation from Dr. McBee herself affirming the future of higher education, “And we will make it better.” Drs. McBee and Cooper exemplify that hopeful spirit. All of us associated with the Institute can and should play a role in improving higher education as well, whether in Georgia, nationally, or internationally. That goal has been a constant theme in the history of the Institute, even as the activities and people of the Institute change.

The Trouble with National Signing Day

AN OPINION PIECE by Solomon Hughes (Ph.D. 2013) featured in Inside Higher Ed takes a hard look at national signing day and the media spectacle that surrounds high school athletes and young black men, in particular. Hughes compares the theme of exploitation of black bodies in Jordan Peele’s 2017 film Get Out with the real life atmosphere surrounding collegiate athletics. Hughes writes, “[T]he larger college community … live[s] vicariously through the toil of those athletes—the sacrificial lambs of the religion of college football.”

Two new faculty members, Amy Stich and Gregory Wolniak, explore the impact of higher education.


Faculty-student collaborations at IHE extend opportunities and enrich experiences.


Examining the role of sports in colleges and universities.

As the Georgia College Advising Corps enters its tenth year of service, there is much to celebrate.

BEGINNING IN 2009 with four advisers, the Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC)—an outreach program of the IHE—has grown to include twenty-one advisers embedded in sixteen high schools. The advisers assist students through the complex college admissions process to increase the number of matriculants from low-income, first-generation, or other historically underrepresented backgrounds.


IN MARCH, THE INSTITUTE hosted guests from the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) in Japan and from North Carolina State University for a day of discussions on comparative research trends in higher education in Japan and the United States.

Papers, Presentations, and More Activities


ANDREW CRAIN presented a paper on racial equity and a poster on the financial impact of Hurricane Katrina within higher education at ASHE 2017. In June 2018 Crain wrote an article on “Serving Rural Students,” which was the feature story in the NACE Journal, the magazine of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and he has conducted presentations on the same topic for the Mountain-Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE) and the UGA Engage! Student Affairs Conference.

CHRIS FERLAND (Ph.D. 2010) was promoted to associate vice president for institutional research and effectiveness at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville in January. He had served as assistant vice president for institutional research and effectiveness since August 2014.

CAROL FLOWERS (Ed.D. 2017) became the assistant vice provost of faculty affairs at Emory University in August 2017. She had been director of operations and special assistant to the provost since March 2015.

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