Six More Years for Agnes Scott’s Leader

Elizabeth Kiss

 Following an impressive first four years at Agnes Scott College, President Elizabeth Kiss has agreed to stay at the helm of the Decatur women’s school for another six, at the request of the board of trustees.

From the college’s announcement:

“These last four years have been transformative for Agnes Scott,” said Clyde Tuggle, chair of the board. “Since President Kiss took the helm in 2006, the college’s reputation has grown, attracting more diverse, high-caliber students and faculty and drawing more donor support. Additionally, President Kiss has placed a high priority on environmental and workplace sustainability, fulfilling the college’s mission to ‘live honorably.’ She has our full support as she continues to build on the college’s extraordinary legacy.”

During President Kiss’s tenure:

• Agnes Scott enrolled the largest first-year class in the college’s 122-year history this fall and its fifth largest (at that time) first-year class in 2009. Applications increased steadily each year, climbing from 1,541 in 2006 to more than 2,100 in 2010.
• Diversity has risen also, with record numbers of African-American, Latina and international students enrolled.
• Students have won Goldwater, Marshall, Truman and Fulbright scholarships. Agnes Scott was named a Top Fulbright Producer by the U.S. Institute for International Education and ranked No. 2 among all colleges and universities in per capita production of economics Ph.D.s by the Journal of Undergraduate Economic Education.
• Agnes Scott has been named a Top 10 “Up and Coming” national liberal arts college by U.S.News & World Report for each of the past two years and has risen from No. 28 to No. 15 among the college guide’s “Great Schools, Great Prices.”

Wash U. Admissions in Atlanta Sept. 13

Washington University in St. Louis invites students and their parents to meet with admissions staff, faculty, alumni, and parents of current Washington University students in Atlanta. School officials will acquaint prospective students with academic programs, campus life, and how to apply for admission and financial assistance.

From U.S. News and World Report: Washington University St Louis is a private institution that was founded in 1853. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,046, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 169 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Washington University St Louis’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 13. Its tuition and fees are $40,374.

Washington University in St. Louis —  Information Session

Monday, September 13
7-8 p.m.
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30346
(770) 394-6500

No reservations are needed. If you have any questions about Washington University, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) 638-0700 or at

LSU Recruiters Hit Atlanta Thursday

 It’s not too late to sign up for Louisiana State University’s “LSU on the GEAUX” event Thursday, September 2, in Atlanta, where you can meet admissions representatives and find out about catching “the Tiger Spirit.”                                              

Grady High School – Theatre
929 Charles Allen Drive NE            
Atlanta, GA 30309

Registration is required; click this link to do so now. 

Lawmaker To Parents: Expect Hope Cuts

From the Gwinnett Daily Post: Money for textbooks and fees may be out next year, State Rep. Len Walker (R-Loganville) recently told a Grayson PTA meeting. 


The state had to use a chunk of the lottery’s unrestricted reserves to make up the difference, Walker said.

Projections show the lottery revenues will stay relatively stagnant, while lottery expenditures will climb to more than $1.2 billion by fiscal year 2012, which begins in less than a year. That will deplete the unrestricted reserve, and the lottery’s other two reserves will drop to about $370 million — less than half of where they were at the beginning of this fiscal year.

The Hope Scholarship is “not going away,” Walker said, “… but some adjustments are going to have to be made. … This is an issue that has to be answered right now.”

UGA, Tech Set Info Sessions Across GA

Admissions officials from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech are joining forces to host information sessions for high school students and parents across the state. Attend one of these sessions to learn more about academic programs, campus life, scholarships, and the admissions process at Georgia’s top two public universities. For directions and to register, go to the event details page on the UGA admissions website.

Thurs., September 2nd @ 6:30 p.m. Gainesville GA: Gainesville High School

Wed. Sept. 8 @ 6:30 p.m. Columbus GA: Brookstone School

Mon. Sept. 13 @ 6:30 p.m. Augusta GA: Augusta Prep School (Hull Fine Arts Center)

Sun. Sept. 19 @ 3:00 p.m. Dalton, GA: Dalton High School

Sun., Sept. 19 @ 3:00 p.m. Savannah, GA: Savannah Christian Prep School (Eckburg Building)

Sun., Sept. 26 @ 3:00 p.m. McDonough GA: Luella High School

Enrollment Mushrooms At For-Profits

They’re controversial and they’re growing fast. Enrollment at for-profit colleges—under fire for recruitment practices and student loan default rates—increased more than 20 percent from 2007-2008 to 2008-2009 and over 60 percent since 2004, according to a new report released by issued by the DOE’s National Center for Educational Statistics—which also runs the always-useful College Navigator website.

Nearly 12 percent of the nation’s 27 million college students now attend for-profits. Over the same four-year period, enrollment in the nation’s four-year public institutions has increased 9.5 percent, to slightly more than 9 million students. In 2008-2009, 4.5 million students were enrolled in private, non-profit colleges, 6.5 percent more than in 2004-2005. Inside Higher Ed has the story.

At two-year public colleges, the increase was a more modest 5.7 percent to 10.4 million students, but that number doesn’t reflect recent trends. Community and technical colleges have reported rapid growth over the past two years as people retool job skills to face a tightening labor market. Georgia’s 26 technical colleges enrolled a record 190,842 students in FY 2010, a 22 percent increase over 2009.