As the University System of Georgia prepares to turn the corner from “some very challenging budget years,” Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith used his annual State of the System address on Feb. 2 to highlight significant accomplishments that have both strengthened the state’s 34 public colleges and universities and driven the board to exhibit national leadership on key higher education issues.
Addressing the monthly meeting of the board of regents, Meredith recapped key strides made by the University System during the past 12 months in fulfilling the central themes of his administration: maintaining and enhancing academic programs and efforts, preserving access and quality, and operating more efficiently and effectively. Accountability was one of the central threads running through Meredith’s report, and he outlined the system’s progress in serving as good stewards of state dollars as well as developing programs to improve performance on key accountability measures.
“We have made significant progress in these areas, so much so that, on a number of higher education issues, today Georgia is viewed as a national model,” Meredith said.
The chancellor’s address is available in its entirety at www.usg.edu/admin/oc/reports/2005/.