Eric Stirgus

Education reporter

Eric Stirgus is a reporter who covers higher education issues, the Georgia Board of Regents and the Technical College System of Georgia.  

Latest from Eric Stirgus

Morehouse to use $1.5 million gift on scholarships and a new park
 Morehouse College announced Thursday it has received one of its largest gifts from a donor, $1.5 million that will be used for student scholarships and a new park on campus with an outdoor study area. The money will be divided, with $1 million going to the scholarship fund and $560,000 to create a park adjacent to the Ray Charles Performing...

Posted: 2 days ago

Morehouse College announced Thursday it has received one of its largest gifts from a donor, $1.5 million that will be used for student scholarships and a new park on campus with an outdoor study area. The money will be divided, with $1 million going to the scholarship fund and $560,000 to create a park adjacent to the Ray Charles Performing...
Georgia Southern University has new president
 The state’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to make Kyle Marrero the new president of Georgia Southern University. Marrero will start April 1, the University System of Georgia said in a statement. The Regents voted for Marrero in a telephone conference call Thursday morning, officials said. Marrero had been president of the University...

Posted: 3 days ago

The state’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to make Kyle Marrero the new president of Georgia Southern University. Marrero will start April 1, the University System of Georgia said in a statement. The Regents voted for Marrero in a telephone conference call Thursday morning, officials said. Marrero had been president of the University...
Study urges Pell grant funding for prison education programs
 A study released Wednesday is urging the federal government to end a quarter-century old ban on prisoners receiving federal Pell Grants to help pay for  college education programs. Lifting the ban on Pell Grant funding could help nearly 500,000 incarcerated people, including nearly 11,000 Georgians, according to the study by the ...

Posted: 4 days ago

A study released Wednesday is urging the federal government to end a quarter-century old ban on prisoners receiving federal Pell Grants to help pay for college education programs. Lifting the ban on Pell Grant funding could help nearly 500,000 incarcerated people, including nearly 11,000 Georgians, according to the study by the ...
Group wants Morehouse med school fined after hamsters die during research
 Stop Animal Exploitation Now wants the federal government to issue the stiffest fine possible against Morehouse School of Medicine after two hamsters died under a student’s watch. The animal welfare group wrote in a letter dated Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it wants the agency to fine the Atlanta medical school...

Posted: 5 days ago

Stop Animal Exploitation Now wants the federal government to issue the stiffest fine possible against Morehouse School of Medicine after two hamsters died under a student’s watch. The animal welfare group wrote in a letter dated Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it wants the agency to fine the Atlanta medical school...
Three Georgia schools make prominent best online colleges rankings
 Three Georgia schools cracked the top 25  in various categories of U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s best online colleges. The University of Georgia  tied for fifth in online education courses, tied for 17th among non-MBA business programs and was tied for 25th in online bachelor’s programs. Georgia...

Posted: 5 days ago

Three Georgia schools cracked the top 25 in various categories of U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s best online colleges. The University of Georgia tied for fifth in online education courses, tied for 17th among non-MBA business programs and was tied for 25th in online bachelor’s programs. Georgia...
Campus round-up: Several Georgia colleges shuffle leaders 
 Here’s an occasional look at what’s been going on at Georgia’s colleges and universities. Monday was the start of a very busy for the human resource folks at several Georgia colleges and universities. Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson announced his plans to retire and teach after nearly 10...

Posted: 7 days ago

Here’s an occasional look at what’s been going on at Georgia’s colleges and universities. Monday was the start of a very busy for the human resource folks at several Georgia colleges and universities. Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson announced his plans to retire and teach after nearly 10...
Speculation begins about who will be next Georgia Tech president
 The job of Georgia Tech president is part educator, part administrator, part researcher, part fundraiser, part economic development leader and much, much more. Last week’s announcement that G.P. “Bud” Peterson plans to retire later this year marks the beginning of one of the most important job searches in the state...

Posted: 8 days ago

The job of Georgia Tech president is part educator, part administrator, part researcher, part fundraiser, part economic development leader and much, much more. Last week’s announcement that G.P. “Bud” Peterson plans to retire later this year marks the beginning of one of the most important job searches in the state...
Why some colleges don’t rely on SAT or ACT scores
 The recent controversy surrounding a Florida high school student fighting a claim she cheated on the SAT after her score rose by 300 points brings to mind an ongoing question: Are such exams the best indicator of college aptitude? Some colleges don’t necessarily think so. Many of the nation’s top liberal arts and research colleges...

Posted: 9 days ago

The recent controversy surrounding a Florida high school student fighting a claim she cheated on the SAT after her score rose by 300 points brings to mind an ongoing question: Are such exams the best indicator of college aptitude? Some colleges don’t necessarily think so. Many of the nation’s top liberal arts and research colleges...
Interim president picked for Georgia Gwinnett College 
 Mary Beth Walker, the associate provost for strategic initiatives and Innovation at Georgia State University, will be interim president of Georgia Gwinnett College, officials announced Thursday. Walker will take the helm, effective Saturday. The current president, Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski, is leaving to lead Riverside...

Posted: 10 days ago

Mary Beth Walker, the associate provost for strategic initiatives and Innovation at Georgia State University, will be interim president of Georgia Gwinnett College, officials announced Thursday. Walker will take the helm, effective Saturday. The current president, Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski, is leaving to lead Riverside...
Gov. Deal’s $120,000 salary for professor post draws criticism


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, whose second and final term in office ends next week, will soon have a new title: Professor Deal.
The state’s Board of Regents voted Wednesday to appoint Deal as a Regents Professor, effective March 1, for at least three years. Deal will hold lectures at the University of Georgia and other schools in...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, whose second and final term in office ends next week, will soon have a new title: Professor Deal. The state’s Board of Regents voted Wednesday to appoint Deal as a Regents Professor, effective March 1, for at least three years. Deal will hold lectures at the University of Georgia and other schools in...
Gov. Nathan Deal to teach at UGA
 Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, whose second and final term in office ends next week, will soon have a new title: Professor. The state’s Board of Regents voted Wednesday to appoint Deal as a Regents Professor. Deal will hold occasional lectures at  the University of Georgia and other schools in the University System of Georgia, effective...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, whose second and final term in office ends next week, will soon have a new title: Professor. The state’s Board of Regents voted Wednesday to appoint Deal as a Regents Professor. Deal will hold occasional lectures at the University of Georgia and other schools in the University System of Georgia, effective...