When faced with an issue having multiple problems, it is often a good idea to consider looking for improvements to all problems facing the issue (sounds sort of “Yogi Berra”). If you focus only on one problem, you will often times make a bad decision because nothing has been done to address the other items. Case in point are the problems facing the Hope Scholarship. As discussed in other posts, there are alternatives to the Hope Scholarship to students; however, the Hope program currently is facing three major obstacles. They are: Continue reading
Well, the 2011-2012 Georgia Legislature session is now history. Given that it is an election year and that last year brought about many Hope Scholarship Changes, the bills that were presented had no support to move forward as law. In other words, Georgia “punted” any legislation concerning the program. The good news is that the proposals putting financial need requirements on Hope were stopped, and the bad news is that no real solutions were found for the real problem with the mismatch between revenue and expense. Continue reading
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%. 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
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
There is a move in the Tennessee Legislature to tighten the requirements for the Tennessee Hope Scholarship for 2012. Currently, the eligibility requirements require a GPA of 3.0 or an ACT score of 21 or higher. The proposed changed would change the “or” to an “and” which is a major difference in the standard. This means that a student must have a GPA of 3.0 and an ACT of 21 or higher. There are many cases where GPA score may not give the full picture of ability especially with students having certain special needs. Likewise, the ACT is a 1 day snap shot. What happens if the student just has a bad day on the test by being sick, apprehensive, etc… Continue reading