Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2002 Progress Report

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Graduate Experience & Research


Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure

Georgia State is one of 151 universities with a Carnegie classification of Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive institution. Similar to 2001, Georgia State is on the list of the top 200 universities compiled by the Center at the University of Florida. To be listed among the top 150 universities in 2001, we would have needed over $22.9 million in science and engineering federal research expenditures or over $41.9 million in total science and engineering research expenditures. Our science and engineering research expenditures were $12.1M and $36.6M, respectively for 2000, and $13.6M and $39M, respectively for 2001. We are on the list of the top 100 public universities in two indicators: doctoral degrees awarded and postdoctoral appointees. We are on the list of the top 200 public and private universities in four of the ten indicators.

Sponsored funding activity has increased significantly in the past two years with sponsored awards increasing from $38.8 million in FY00 to $46.8 million in FY01 and $57.4 million in FY02. After being flat for a number of years, sponsored expenditures increased this year from $39.1 million to $43.7 million in FY02. Overall grant activity is captured in Tables 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 that list research indicators, grants received by college, internal grant support, federal obligations, and grant proposals submitted/funded by college

The Georgia Research Alliance funded the recruitment of an Eminent Scholar in the Business of Wireless, and provided support for four different cluster initiatives that include Next Generation Gene Discovery, Global Infectious Diseases, Bio-manufacturing, and Digital Content. In addition these investments supported matching funding for the NSF Behavioral Neuroscience Center, start-up funding for two Eminent Scholars, the Georgia State University Technology Development Center that provides high quality biotech incubator space, and the SER-CAT consortium synchrotron beam-line at Argonne National Laboratories.

Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure

Indirect Costs (Facilities & Administrative Costs) received increased this year by 21% from $5.71 million in FY01 to $6.89 million in FY02. An increase in the Indirect Cost Rate from 43.5% to 45.5% was negotiated with the Department of Health and Human Services. This new rate will be in effect for the next four years for any proposals submitted after September 9, 2002. The Sponsored Programs Office implemented a new database for managing and tracking proposals. In addition a new database was implemented for managing protocols for the animal and human subjects compliance programs.

Technology Transfer

With the recruitment of our first Technology Transfer Manager on July 1st, 2001, there has been a significant increase in the number of intellectual property disclosures from our faculty. From an average of 2 to 3 disclosures per year over the previous ten years, there were 22 disclosures received in 2001 and 37 received in 2002. Intellectual property developed by our faculty have led to the creation of one new start-up company, new tools for the potential diagnosis and development of a vaccine for West Nile Virus, new drugs for the treatment of African sleeping sickness, and the development of a new nutritional device in partnership with the new Venture Labs initiative at ATDC. Collabtech, the state’s first university-based biotech incubator continues to flourish, with one of its recent graduates receiving over $40 million in venture capital funding this past year. The Research Office has held successful workshops for faculty interested in developing their intellectual property. The University Senate approved the a new Intellectual Property policy that clarifies how licensing income and equity derived from the intellectual property developed by our faculty, staff and students is distributed.

Graduate Indicators

There were over 6,800 graduate students enrolled in fall 2002, an increase of 400 over the previous fall. Over 2,050 graduate students were new to the university. In addition, there were 650 law students and 336 students enrolled in graduate non-degree programs. Graduate process indicators related to percent of hours taught by tenure track and full-time faculty are given in Table 14. The number of masters degrees awarded is rising steadily while the numbers of specialist, professional, and doctoral degrees are flat. Graduate degrees awarded and pass rates on the law bar examination are some graduate output indicators given in Table 15.

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