Hope Scholarship Cuts and Effects

We welcome a Guest Article from Bethany Sumner.  I saw her article posted on the Ga Tech CETL site and thought it would be great to include it here and she graciously agreed.  Thanks, Bethany!

HOPE Scholarship Cuts and its Effects in the Classroom

In the wake of the Great Recession, governments everywhere have tried to slash spending. Unfortunately, education has not been spared from these cuts. In the past four years alone, the state contribution to Georgia Tech has been reduced by 90 million dollars or approximately 31%.[1] Colleges across Georgia have had to cope with shrinking funds, which have led to pay freezes, reduction in faculty, decrease in admissions, fewer degree programs and course offerings, and even a controversial maneuver to merge eight colleges in the University System of Georgia into four. In addition to these measures, universities turn to their students to help make up for lost funds by raising the cost of tuition and adding new mandatory fees. Continue reading

Georgia Hope Scholarship 2012 Legislation

Today is the last day of the 2011-2012 Georgia Legislative Session.  I thought it would be good to list each  bill that reads on the Hope Scholarship along with the title.  I’ve also added my comments on some of them.

As of today’s final session, none of these appear to be on track for becoming law.  This means that the Hope funding for Georgia will most likely remain pegged to the 2010-2011 tuition costs.  So, the amount required to be covered by each student will rise $1 for $1 with tuition and fee increases.

Here are the bills: Continue reading