Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2004 Action Plan Progress Report - Graduate Experience & Research

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

Georgia State faculty continue to seek and be awarded increased extramural support. Georgia State is one of 151 universities with a Carnegie classification of Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive institution. Similar to 2003, Georgia State is on the list of the top 200 universities compiled by the Center at the University of Florida . Our science and engineering research expenditures were $19.0M for federal and $46M total for 2002, and $24.9M and $50.5M, respectively, for 2004. 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.

Faculty and staff submitted 827 proposals to a wide variety of funding agencies with an outcome of 533 awards for a total of over $59 million. Five years ago the awards total was $39.2 million. All of the colleges contributed to this success. The College of Arts and Sciences led the way with $29.8 million. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Sciences each received awards totaling $9.6 million, $8.3 million and $5.1 million, respectively. Over $29 million in funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Endowment for the Humanities, and federal departments of Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, Justice, State, and Transit went to a myriad of research projects on brain function and behavior, drug development, language acquisition and development, learning disorders, gerontology, astronomy, environmental research, biotechnology, digital arts and media, and molecular biology. In FY 2003, Georgia State was ranked in the top 150 higher education institutions nationally that was awarded NIH support. Sponsored expenditures increased this year from $46.7 million to $50.5 million in FY04. 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.

Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure

Indirect Costs (Facilities & Administrative Costs) received increased this year by 9% from $7.78 million in FY03 to $8.48 million in FY04. Recommendations from a Blue Ribbon Committee on protection of human subjects are being implemented to ensure that Georgia State has a strong research integrity infrastructure. Bob Curry has been appointed to a newly created position of Associate Vice President for Research Integrity. Additional personnel were hired for IACUC and IRB activities.

Graduate Indicators

There were over 6,320 graduate students enrolled in fall 2004, a decrease of 380 below the previous fall. Table 1 gives the combined graduate, non-degree graduate and professional student numbers. Over 1,600 graduate students were new to the university. In addition, there were 665 law students and 365 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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