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

Shooting raises questions about school safety in metro Atlanta
 The morning after 17 people were shot and killed inside a Florida high school, Frances Greene was driving her grandson to school when she said he asked a question. “Will it happen at my school, Nana?,” the boy, a seventh-grader at Gwinnett County’s Moore Middle School, wondered. Will it happen at my school? Are schools and...

Posted: a day ago

The morning after 17 people were shot and killed inside a Florida high school, Frances Greene was driving her grandson to school when she said he asked a question. “Will it happen at my school, Nana?,” the boy, a seventh-grader at Gwinnett County’s Moore Middle School, wondered. Will it happen at my school? Are schools and...
What are Georgia’s most recent school shootings?
 Mass shootings at Georgia schools, both colleges and primary to high schools, are rare. Incidents in recent years where guns were discharged at school typically involved fights between individuals, or students discharging sneaked-in weapons by accident. Here is a list of shooting incidents on campuses that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Posted: 3 days ago

Mass shootings at Georgia schools, both colleges and primary to high schools, are rare. Incidents in recent years where guns were discharged at school typically involved fights between individuals, or students discharging sneaked-in weapons by accident. Here is a list of shooting incidents on campuses that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Local schools track trouble via social media
 In an age when school-related shootings are not unusual, Georgia colleges and school systems are preparing for the worst.  When Cobb County school police got a tip last week that a middle school student had threatened to "shoot up" a school the day after the Oregon college campus killings, they acted.   Officers...

Posted: 3 days ago

In an age when school-related shootings are not unusual, Georgia colleges and school systems are preparing for the worst.  When Cobb County school police got a tip last week that a middle school student had threatened to "shoot up" a school the day after the Oregon college campus killings, they acted.   Officers...
Georgia’s HBCUs: Augusta’s Paine College in a fight for its future
 For more than a year, Paine College has conducted a multi-layered campaign for its future. In 2016, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools attempted to revoke the Augusta college’s accreditation, citing several concerns about its finances. Without its accreditation, aren’t eligible for federal student aid, and degrees...

Posted: 3 days ago

For more than a year, Paine College has conducted a multi-layered campaign for its future. In 2016, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools attempted to revoke the Augusta college’s accreditation, citing several concerns about its finances. Without its accreditation, aren’t eligible for federal student aid, and degrees...
Tiny Paine College in Augusta is looking for a lifeline
 NOTE: This is one of two articles that describe the opposite fortunes of two HBCUs – Claflin University, which is flourishing, and Paine College, which is struggling to keep its accreditation. Paine College’s new president is a religious man who’s attempting a Hail Mary to keep his school afloat. Jerry Hardee&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

NOTE: This is one of two articles that describe the opposite fortunes of two HBCUs – Claflin University, which is flourishing, and Paine College, which is struggling to keep its accreditation. Paine College’s new president is a religious man who’s attempting a Hail Mary to keep his school afloat. Jerry Hardee&rsquo...
Georgia colleges say campus speech bill unnecessary
 Georgia college officials and the presidents of its two largest universities told state lawmakers Tuesday that legislation aimed at protecting the rights of people invited to speak on campuses is unnecessary and could increase security costs and raise liability. The bill’s supporters, though, argued the legislation, Senate Bill...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia college officials and the presidents of its two largest universities told state lawmakers Tuesday that legislation aimed at protecting the rights of people invited to speak on campuses is unnecessary and could increase security costs and raise liability. The bill’s supporters, though, argued the legislation, Senate Bill...
Georgia colleges to partner with businesses on curriculum, new degree
 University System of Georgia officials announced Tuesday they will offer a new degree called “nexus,” based on a curriculm to be developed by the colleges, businesses and experts in high-demand industries, that they hope will better prepare students for the workforce. The nexus degrees could be in areas such as financial technology...

Posted: 5 days ago

University System of Georgia officials announced Tuesday they will offer a new degree called “nexus,” based on a curriculm to be developed by the colleges, businesses and experts in high-demand industries, that they hope will better prepare students for the workforce. The nexus degrees could be in areas such as financial technology...
HBCU Journeys: Graduates talk about their time on campus

Posted: 8 days ago

Sarah White Clark Atlanta University. Class of 1993. Currently an elementary school principal. I was born and raised in the city of Minneapolis. As an infant, I was adopted into a Caucasian family. (The family also adopted an African-American boy, who would become Sarah’s brother.) My parents were very good about trying to expose me...
Police vow to increase patrols near Georgia Tech campus
 Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields vowed Thursday to step up patrols near the Georgia Tech campus, conceding the department did not respond aggressively enough to what’s become a rash of armed robberies in the area. There have been seven robberies in the Home Park area since Jan. 10, police said, the latest occurring at 2:30 a...

Posted: 10 days ago

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields vowed Thursday to step up patrols near the Georgia Tech campus, conceding the department did not respond aggressively enough to what’s become a rash of armed robberies in the area. There have been seven robberies in the Home Park area since Jan. 10, police said, the latest occurring at 2:30 a...
HBCU leaders coming to Atlanta for college conference
 An estimated 1,000 students, educators, faculty and education leaders from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are expected in downtown Atlanta for a conference that starts Thursday aimed at promoting ideas to support the schools and their students. The United Negro College Fund Leadership Conference, held...

Posted: 10 days ago

An estimated 1,000 students, educators, faculty and education leaders from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are expected in downtown Atlanta for a conference that starts Thursday aimed at promoting ideas to support the schools and their students. The United Negro College Fund Leadership Conference, held...
THE CHOICE: Black students weigh HBCUs against mostly white schools
 For college-bound African-Americans, choosing between a historically black college and a predominantly white one has become more complicated with each passing year. Delanie Mason, who grew up in Gwinnett County, goes to Kennesaw State, even though her parents and siblings all chose HBCUs. Kendall Youngblood, after a year at the University...

Posted: 10 days ago

For college-bound African-Americans, choosing between a historically black college and a predominantly white one has become more complicated with each passing year. Delanie Mason, who grew up in Gwinnett County, goes to Kennesaw State, even though her parents and siblings all chose HBCUs. Kendall Youngblood, after a year at the University...