University of Georgia

2018 State of the University Address

The State of the University Address

January 24, 2018 at 3:30pm

President Morehead outlines new initiatives to advance the University of Georgia

Full Address


Major Announcements in the State of the University Address

A Presidential Task Force to develop plans for an innovation district at UGA

A completion grants program to keep highly at-risk students on track to graduation

A cohort-based mentorship program for rural students

Proposals to strengthen the writing requirement and make data literacy a core part of undergraduate education

An initiative to transform traditional classrooms into active learning spaces

A summer institute to help faculty infuse active learning strategies into their courses

Increasing Scholarship Support

In just twelve months, alumni and friends established 200 Georgia Commitment Scholarships—a tremendous accomplishment, reflecting incredible generosity. These endowed scholarships will forever change countless lives and countless futures. To complement this initiative, the University is establishing a completion grant program. This program will award grants to seniors who are making steady progress toward earning degrees but struggle to stay in school because of financial hardship.

Students standing outside the Business Learning Community
Professor and two students analyzing plants in a lab
Two scientists read a test
Studends collaborating in a conference room
Scale Up Classroom

Enhancing the Learning Environment

Across the spectrum of undergraduate education, the key performance indicators are trending in the right direction. So where does the University go from here? The President’s Task Force on Student Learning and Success provided 12 recommendations as a roadmap. UGA will launch initiatives to infuse active learning into more classrooms, strengthen the writing requirement, promote data literacy, and enhance support for rural students.

Students talking on campus
Professor Lecturing

Solving Grand Challenges

The University is bound by its history and mission to be a leader on the world’s stage. This belief—shared by faculty, staff, and students—drives UGA into communities near and far to help tackle a range of major issues. That is why the institution’s annual economic impact on the state is estimated at $5.7 billion and its total annual research expenditures are up 31 percent to $458 million. In December, UGA established a new presidential task force to develop a long-term strategic vision for an innovation district at the University of Georgia, which will help the institution play an even greater role in solving the grand challenges of our time.


Recent UGA Accomplishments

Created 200+ need-based endowed scholarships

Increased total annual research expenditures to $458M, up 31% in four years

Rose to 54th in NSF’s latest research and development rankings

Ranked #16 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report

Set record retention rate of 96%, with six-year completion rate of 85%

Raised a record $227M in private support, a 94% increase over four years

Launched hiring initiatives to promote student success and expand the research enterprise

Opened Phase II of the Business Learning Community as well as the Center for Molecular Medicine

Generated $5.7B annual economic impact on Georgia

Won SEC Football Championship and Rose Bowl and played for the national title