Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Recent articles by Eric:

Philanthropist’s $1.7 billion in gifts includes Morehouse, Spelman colleges

“MacKenzie Scott’s beneficent gift to Morehouse and several of our companion institutions in the HBCU network is an investment into the future of Black excellence,” said David A. Thomas, the college’s president. “On behalf of Morehouse and the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank her for supporting our mission to develop men who are academically excellent and focused on leadership and… → Read More

International college students face barriers as semester nears

The federal government’s delay in opening the student entry visa application process, many airlines not providing flights to the United States, and communication gaps between schools and students are among the impediments to international students planning to study at Georgia schools when the semester starts next month, advocates say. Another development that could further reduce enrollment… → Read More

Emory to require COVID-19 testing for fall face-to-face instruction

Emory University announced Thursday plans for how it will conduct classes for the fall semester when it will return to in-person instruction. Plans include limiting how many students can reside in dorms, mandatory COVID-19 testing of students in those dorms and those taking in-person classes, and concluding the semester by Thanksgiving. The plans also include random temperature checks across… → Read More

Two Atlanta officers fired for excessive force, mayor says

Spelman College student tased by police, school says → Read More

Georgia team creates innovative box to help protect workers from virus

Box created by Georgia Tech/Emory team helps protect health care workers treating COVID-19 patients → Read More

Georgia’s tech college system planing furloughs, layoffs

The system that runs Georgia’s 22 technical colleges introduced a plan to its board Wednesday that proposes furloughs and layoffs to meet the state government’s demand to cut its budget by 14% for the 12-month fiscal year that starts July 1. The plan does not specify how many employees would be laid off. The system said it still in the process of evaluating to determine an exact number.… → Read More

Clark Atlanta remembers Alexis Crawford during online grad celebration

Clark Atlanta remembers Alexis Crawford during online grad celebration → Read More

Emory student sues university for refund over COVID-19 coursework

An Emory University student has filed a class action lawsuit against the school, saying the virtual learning it has provided since the coronavirus pandemic has been an inadequate substitute for the tens of thousands of dollars students paid in tuition this semester. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Atlanta, is calling for the university to refund students an estimated $5 million and… → Read More

Georgia college graduates encounter difficult job market

Georgia college graduates face upended job market, but virtual events help keep them in the game → Read More

UGA hopes to reopen campuses for fall 2020 semester

Morehead working on a plan for UGA begin in-person instruction → Read More

Test of anti-COVID drug shows promising results

Medical experts are cautiously optimistic about research into the drug remdesivir for patients hospitalized with severe infections of COVID-19. But they raised some concerns with the limitations of the study. → Read More

Ga. university system creates free learning tools for all

Effort includes k-12 learning materials and free online textbooks → Read More

How Georgia college faculty, students handle online classes

Georgia college students, faculty work quickly to adapt to sudden switch to online learning → Read More

University of Georgia student tests positive for COVID-19

An undergraduate University of Georgia student has reported to campus health officials testing positive for COVID-19, officials said Thursday. The unidentified student, who is in the Honors Program, last reported being on campus on March 7, UGA officials said in a message to students and others. The individual has been advised to self-isolate at home and is not in the Athens area, the message… → Read More

Atlanta’s HBCUs change commencement plans due to coronavirus

Clark Atlanta and Morehouse moving commencement to December → Read More

University System of Ga. moves to online courses for rest of semester

Students are not allowed to return to campus until they receive permission from their school → Read More

Ga. universities preparing online coursework if coronavirus spreads

Some schools nationwide closing as outbreak spreads → Read More

Invisible no more: UGA names college after first black graduate

UGA names its College of Education after first black graduate, Mary Frances Early → Read More

Growing push by lawmakers to help ‘Dreamers’ attend Georgia colleges

Georgia legislators from both major parties offer bills to help get in-state tuition for 'Dreamers' → Read More

Betty Siegel, former Kennesaw State University president, dies at 89

Betty Siegel, who led Kennesaw State University’s growth from a small state school to one of the largest in Georgia during her 25 years as president, died Tuesday at the age of 89. “The Kennesaw State University community is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved leaders,” KSU President Pamela Whitten said in a statement. “Betty Siegel has been described affectionately by many as a force… → Read More