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Twenty-four hour access to the Zell B. Miller Learning Center and higher pay for graduate student assistantships are among the initiatives UGA will launch this fall to enhance the student academic experience.

In addition, the university plans to:

• hire faculty to add 80 high-demand course sections to speed students’ progress toward graduation;

• develop new summer online courses to allow students to earn credits while away from campus working, doing internships or studying abroad;

• hire 25 additional academic advisers and increase advising services to incoming first-year students and transfer students;

• launch “Career Pathways,” an initiative that integrates career counseling into the earliest stages of the advising process; and

• upgrade the information technology systems that help students and advisers track progress toward graduation.

Also in fall 2014, UGA will launch the CURO Research Assistantship Program, which will provide a $1,000 stipend to 250 outstanding undergraduate students across campus who will participate in research and scholarship with an active faculty research team.

Through a pilot program, several colleges also will hire internship coordinators to develop new relationships with industry, businesses and organizations that will allow students to apply their education to real-world challenges.

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten says the initiatives will streamline students’ time to graduation, better prepare them for careers and help UGA recruit world-class graduate students.

Learn more at http://provost.uga.edu.