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Over the past two decades, numerous colleges have added football teams in a quest to add students, particularly male students, and to use the popularity of athletics to build their brands. However, new research from UGA’s Carmical Sports Media Institute and the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education finds that adding a football team does not give a college enrollment or tuition advantages over its peers. 

Insights from Rachel Burns (McBee PhD), a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, are featured heavily in a article on financial solvency at US private colleges.

Thursday, April 11

Members of the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education community, Karley Riffe (McBee Ph.D.) and Sondra Barringer and Brendan Cantwell (former postdocs at McBee) provide perspectives on faculty involvement in university financial decisions in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “The Rise of Faculty Budget Activists.”

The article, by Megan Zahneis, explores increased faculty interest and participation in budgetary issues and university finances.

In the fall, Danielle Buehrer (EdD 2021) started to a new role at Indiana University Bloomington as the associate vice president of enterprise effectiveness and accreditation under the Office of University Academic Policy, where she is also the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Rebecca Perdomo (PhD 2019) co-authored a research report on student financial outcomes among Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) with Robert Nathenson, Marybeth Gasman, Marvin Johnson, Doug Franklin, and Pearl Lo. The report, “Generational Jumps? How HSIs Promote Upward Mobility” was produced by the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Sarah Brackmann (McBee PhD) recently returned to the Georgia Institute of Technology as the director of community-based learning in the Office of Experiential and Engaged Learning.

Brackmann will scale, develop, implement, and support academic community engagement initiatives that align with Georgia Tech’s plan to advance undergraduate educational objectives. In this role, she will collaborate widely with community partners to provide hands-on learning experiences for students.

By Mary Harrison

Kelly Rosinger (McBee PhD), Robert Kelchen, Mitchell Lingo, Dominique J. Baker, Justin Ortagus, and Jiayao Wu collaborated on a ground-breaking research study entitled, “A Typology and Landscape of State Funding for Public Colleges and Universities from 2004 to 2021” published in the Review of Higher Education.

by Mary Harrison

Kelley Lips (EdD, 2021) released an article, published by, entitled "Create Better Enrollment Outcomes by Breaking Down Department Barriers."

by Mary Harrison

Claire Major (McBee PhD), professor of higher education and faculty director of The University of Alabama Teaching Academy, is UA’s recipient of the 2024 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

Jim Dalton, UA executive vice president and provost, said, “[Major’s] foundational leadership of UA’s Teaching Academy, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and scholarly excellence underscore her exemplary career and profound influence in higher education and distinguish her as UA’s outstanding nominee for SEC Professor of the Year.”

by Mary Harrison

Marybeth Gasman and Rebecca Perdomo (PhD, 2019) authored a report, Achieving Equity: A Toolkit for Racially Inclusive Faculty Hiring, aimed at improving hiring processes within higher education institutions.

by Mary Harrison

Rebecca Perdomo (PhD, 2019) and Rodrigo Guajardo (PhD student) released a report titled, "Caring or Capitalizing: How HSIs Leverage Title V Funds" through the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

We’re kicking off our month of Graduate Assistantship spotlights with Renni Turpin, who currently serves as a graduate assistant in the UGA Fanning Institute for Leadership Development with Embark Georgia.

Embark Georgia supports students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness to improve their access, retention, and success in postsecondary education.

Working with Embark Georgia has given Renni the opportunity to apply her academic knowledge and research expertise to assist this impactful program.

by Mary Harrison

Michael T. Nietzel and Charles M. Ambrose (MIHE EdD, 1989) provided an overview of their new book entitled Colleges on the Brink: The Case for Financial Exigency, in Inside Higher Ed.

Kate Maine (Ed.D. 2019) was named as the inaugural vice president for marketing, communications and workforce development in a position shared between Dalton State University and Georgia Highlands College.

Dalton State President John Fuchko III said, "Dr. Maine is an experienced higher education professional who understands the importance of Dalton State to our region, and I am very excited to have her join the college."

by Jewel Caruso

Dominique Quarles (PhD 2019) has been named the associate vice president for organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and inclusive excellence at Georgia Southern University. 

by Jewel Caruso

Jeff Delaney (EdD 2011) has been named as the new chief information officer at the University of Memphis. 

by Jewel Caruso

Paul Rubin (PhD 2017), Barrett Taylor (PhD 2012), and Brendan Cantwell (former McBee postdoc) contributed to a recent article in Inside Higher Ed by Ryan Quinn, "Are Professors Really Fleeing Universities in Red States?"

by Jewel Caruso

An article by Hee Jung Gong (PhD 2021) and Robert Toutkoushian, McBee associate director, appears in the Educational Policy January 2024 issue. Their article, titled "High School Students' Expectations and College Aspirations: Causes and Consequences," explores the factors that influence high school students' educational aspirations and expectations and the impact on student enrollment in postsecondary institutions. 

by Jewel Caruso

Marion Ross Fedrick (EdD 2021), 10th president of Albany State University, was recognized in Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's Most Influential Leaders in Education. Under her leadership, ASU's grant activity has more than doubled which includes a 2.9 million dollar Connecting Minority Communities Program federal grant. Fedrick plans to use the money to build a global campus for ASU. 

Rob Clark (PhD) is the senior director for Finance and Administration at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, he served as the director of operations, maintenance, and projects at UGA’s Facilities Management Division. Clark is also a retired US Navy Officer.

by Jewel Caruso

Blake Bedsole (EdD 2013) will assume his new position of associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at Troy University effective January 1, 2024. 

by Jewel Caruso

An article co-written by Alexa Arndt (PhD 2023) appears in the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship. The research presented in the article, “College Student Government Elections and the Espousal of Neoliberalism in Campaign and Platform Discourse,” found neoliberal elements were “present in almost every platform and at every institution” in the study sample. Based on their findings, the authors formulated recommendations to help administrators and advisers better prepare campaign leaders and successful candidates.

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