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VSU seeks to advise students better

“I’ve known what I want to do in life since day one, so the problem wasn’t me,” Marissa Roper, a sophomore majoring in health science said. “I changed my major because when I went to advising the first time, they told me one thing and then the next time I went they told me another. I’m going to school to ...

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Financial aid breakdown: Title IV to place holds on student accounts

With the fall 2019 semester coming to an end, you may have received emails from the Bursary Office concerning Title IV Authorization and some of the changes taking effect beginning spring 2020. But what does it mean? Every student registered for spring 2020 will be required to accept a Financial Responsibility Statement. This agreement is the only banner blocking agreement ...

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USG students experience decrease in state funding

“I didn’t know,” Jabarri Bradley, a junior majoring in mass media, said. “It upsets me because they don’t understand that they are setting us up for failure. Putting us more in debt will not help anything.” Since 1987, the state support of VSU has decreased by 22.9%, inconveniencing VSU students by raising the tuition. The state support as a percentage ...

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First Latina lawmaker in Georgia Legislature motivates VSU students

Brenda Lopez Romero, the first Latina lawmaker in the Georgia Legislature, knows what it takes to stay driven and keep up your reputation while in school. In 2016, Romero became the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly and now represents House District 99 in Gwinnett County.  Her focus is on education, retirement, state planning and community affairs committees. ...

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Test-only college admissions may spark racial discrimination

Researchers at Georgetown University have come out with a study that involves higher education only accepting students based on standardized test scores. Standardized tests are used to give all students with different backgrounds a fair chance with the same criteria. However, they can be a disadvantage for students whom don’t test well. Traditional college and university admissions usually include letters ...

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Tension Builds: Mayoral candidates address transportation, racial tension

Valdosta’s mayoral candidates were able to answer the questions of VSU students first-hand and address any of their concerns at their last debate. The last debate was held on Oct. 28 in VSU’s Magnolia Room, courtesy of the Sociology and Anthropology Club and the NAACP Valdosta State Chapter. All five of the candidates were invited but only three of them, ...

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Departments request funding to increase enrollment

With VSU’s retention rates increasing by 5 percent but freshmen enrollment decreasing by 8%, departments are working together to improve their methods of recruitment. This year’s Budget Advisory Council meeting was held on Oct. 18, where all departments presented their funding requests on not only equipment replacements and maintenance requirements, but also different approaches to recruiting new students. Keith Warburg, ...

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VSU freshman enrollment down 8%

Updated on Nov. 13, 2019: The fall 2018 freshman enrollment was originally stated as 1,650. It has now been corrected to 1,640. There has been an 8% decrease in freshman enrollment at VSU. In Fall 2018, 1,640 freshman enrolled while in Fall 2019 only 1,530 enrolled. Tee Mitchell, associate vice president for enrollment management, and Barrie Fitzgerald, director of institutional ...

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SGA narrows on financial aid issue in Monday meeting

SGA stands up to GBPI about the burden of financial aid. On Sept. 30, the Student Government association sat down with Jennifer Lee, policy analyst from Georgia Budget and Policy Institute for a listening session. SGA had a chance to answer questions about how attending VSU affects their daily lives. “We started doing these listening sessions a few years ago. ...

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