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readily available and, in many cases, they were sharing computers with other family members in the same
situation. The transition to online was challenging for
faculty as well as students, but we provided a lot of
resources and professional development to ensure that
our online courses and components met the quality and
rigor expected at UNG.
Last fall, we resumed many in-person courses and activities to offer a more traditional college experience. But
with current safety measures in place, there are still limitations. Overall, we have been successful in mitigating
the spread of COVID-19 at UNG and, with the availability
of vaccines, we look forward to returning to a more normal
experience this fall.
PK UNG is proud of being one of only six senior military colleges in the nation with a strong heritage of
developing leaders. What are the degrees and programs the Corps of Cadets offers? Provide an update
with regard to this highly acclaimed signature emphasis of your institution.
Bj The Corps of Cadets has been a signature element
of UNG’s identity since our founding in 1873. As one
of only six senior military colleges in the nation, UNG
is designated as the Military College of Georgia and a
State Leadership Institution. Students in our Corps of
Cadets can major in any program of study UNG offers,
but they also take military science courses and training
that prepare them to become military officers. In addition, we now offer a National Service Leadership Track
for cadets who want to seek employment with federal
government, global commercial entities, or non-governmental organizations after graduation, rather than
commissioning as military officers.
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a national Top Producer of Fulbright student awards for
four consecutive years.
PK There is an ongoing national debate
about student debt, since college costs
present a big obstacle for all too
many students. What are your
thoughts on how Georgia and
specifically the University of
North Georgia can provide
an affordable, high-quality
One of my top priorities as president has been increasing fundraising to be able to award more merit and
need-based scholarships. In addition, we opened one
of the state’s first Student Money Management Centers to help students manage
their finances. Also, the University
System of Georgia’s Know More
Borrow Less initiative helps
students understand the implications of taking on more loans
than they need for school.
PK Free expression should
Bj UNG has been recogIn two of the past three years, our Corps of Cadets has
been the top-ranked senior military college in the nation,
and we are very proud of their success. We count more
than 50 general officers among our alumni, including three
who have commanded the Combined Joint Task Force
Operation Inherent Resolve. That is the multinational
coalition of military forces with the mission to defeat the
Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria.
PK Could you give more specifics on the expansion of other programs and degrees being offered in recent years?
Bj UNG’s degree programs have a strong professional
emphasis and recent program expansions have focused
on high-demand careers. We are designated an Academic Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
by the NSA and Homeland Security. Among UNG’s
12 language programs, we offer five national critical
interest languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian. And we are an ROTC Chinese Flagship Program. Our criminal justice program
offers a police academy track that enables students to
become POST-certified while in school, which makes
them job-ready upon graduation. We have expanded
our healthcare programs to include a new bachelor’s
degree in health informatics, and we have a state-ofthe-art simulation lab for our nursing program at the
Since 2013, we have expanded the number of bachelor’s degree programs at our Gainesville Campus from
eight to more than 20 and we offer select graduate-level
programs at that campus. A couple of distinctive programs at that campus include environmental and geospatial analysis and film and digital media.
The quality of our students and academic programs
is highlighted by our success with some of the nation’s
most prestigious scholarship programs, including the
Boren Award, Gilman Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship and the Rangel Fellowship. UNG has been named
nized consistently on a national level for affordability
and academic excellence. As
a public regional university,
UNG offers students an exceptional educational value, and it
is a role we take very seriously.
Nationally, student debt is a concern, but UNG has taken steps that have
earned us recognition as a national leader for
the lowest amount of student debt upon graduation.
be a value that is essential
to the mission of higher education. How is UNG committed to protecting open
campus discourse representing various viewpoints?
Bj We believe universities should
be an environment where varied ideas
and perspectives are valued and where
community members can discuss viewpoints
openly and civilly. UNG fully supports the rights of our
students, faculty and staff to express their opinions.
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