Campus News

Digest Jan. 8, 2018

UGA climbs seven spots to No. 54 in NSF’s national research rankings

The University of Georgia climbed seven spots to No. 54 among all U.S. universities, colleges and research institutions in the latest National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development rankings.

“This is dramatic progress,” said Vice President for Research David Lee. “Institutions normally rise or fall in these rankings a spot or two at a time.”

In the new rankings, which reflect fiscal year 2016, UGA’s total research expenditures reached $410 million, up from $374 million and a ranking of 61st the year before. UGA also advanced on the basis of federally supported research expenditures, ranking 79th with $144 million, up eight spots from the prior year. Data for fiscal year 2017 show continued growth in research activity, with $458 million in total research and development expenditures, an increase of 12 percent over fiscal year 2016.

“Our significant growth in grant-funded expenditures signals the University of Georgia’s role as one of America’s great research universities,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “More importantly, it enables our faculty members to play an even greater role in advancing health, security and sustainability, and economic vitality.”

Whitten attributed the university’s jump in research expenditures to the dedication of existing faculty and strategic investments that include Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiatives. The university also has enhanced grant support services for faculty, including integrating and improving operations for Sponsored Projects Administration and establishing the Office for Proposal Enhancement.

“The credit for this tremendous success goes to our outstanding faculty,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Because of their hard work and dedication, this institution is expanding its capacity to help solve the grand challenges of our time. This ranking is yet another signal of UGA’s rise in national prominence.”

College names FACS 100 Centennial honorees to be celebrated Feb. 24

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences has announced the FACS 100 Centennial honorees.

These individuals embody conviction and commitment to the ideals of the college and, through vision and hard work, have been instrumental in advancing the college’s ability to serve students and enrich lives through its mission at the University of Georgia. Honorees were chosen by a committee of faculty, staff, alumni, students and college leadership after an open nominations process in advance of the college’s centennial celebration this year.

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences can trace its origins to 1918 and the establishment of a bachelor’s degree program for women in the Division of Home Economics within the UGA College of Agriculture.

At the FACS 100 Gala: A Centennial Celebration on Feb. 24, the FACS 100 Centennial honorees will be recognized, along with the members of the college’s Honor Hall of Recognition, as influential contributors in the first 100 years of home economics and family and consumer sciences at UGA.

A special centennial website will launch this month that will include biographies and photos of the honorees.

To view the alphabetical list and learn more about the FACS 100 Centennial honorees, see