The University of Georgia has launched a new presidential hiring initiative to continue to enhance the learning environment for students.
This latest hiring effort, called Investing in the Student Experience, will recruit exceptional faculty members in academic disciplines with majors that are seeing dramatic growth in student demand. Additional academic advisors also will be hired to support undergraduate students pursuing degrees in these high-demand areas.
“At the heart of the University of Georgia is an unrelenting commitment to excellence in teaching and learning–it is our first principle,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “This exciting new initiative represents the latest in a series of strategic investments to elevate-even higher-the academic experiences of our students.”
Over the past several years, the size of the incoming class of first-year students has steadily increased, while the academic qualifications of entering freshmen continue to rise. The most recent class of first-year students, for example, enrolled with an average GPA of 4.0 and an average ACT score of 30-both record highs.
Shifts in intended majors also are occurring as more students pursue degrees in areas such as computer science, management information systems, finance, financial planning, engineering, statistics, biology, biochemistry/molecular biology, and international affairs/political science. The Investing in the Student Experience hiring initiative is designed to address these changes in student profile and academic interest.