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

Student criticizes Clark Atlanta’s handling of harassment charge
 Clark Atlanta University is facing criticism from some that its athletics department is hostile to women and has dragged its feet on a student tennis player’s complaint that her coach sent her unwanted sexually suggestive messages. The 19-year-old student said the messages occurred a few days in mid-March but weren’t seriously...

Posted: 3 days ago

Clark Atlanta University is facing criticism from some that its athletics department is hostile to women and has dragged its feet on a student tennis player’s complaint that her coach sent her unwanted sexually suggestive messages. The 19-year-old student said the messages occurred a few days in mid-March but weren’t seriously...
Historically black colleges commit to more support for LGBTQ students
 Leaders of a dozen Historically Black Colleges & Universities, including two in Georgia, met Wednesday with the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization to discuss steps the schools are taking to better support those students on campus. The day-long...

Posted: 4 days ago

Leaders of a dozen Historically Black Colleges & Universities, including two in Georgia, met Wednesday with the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization to discuss steps the schools are taking to better support those students on campus. The day-long...
Clayton school officer files sexual harassment lawsuit
 A Clayton County school district officer has filed a  lawsuit against the district, claiming it created a hostile work environment after she shared her complaint that her supervisor sent sexually explicit and suggestive messages. The officer, Alicia Burgess, said the harassment began last September. Burgess said in her complaint that she...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Clayton County school district officer has filed a lawsuit against the district, claiming it created a hostile work environment after she shared her complaint that her supervisor sent sexually explicit and suggestive messages. The officer, Alicia Burgess, said the harassment began last September. Burgess said in her complaint that she...
Study: More middle-income students squeezed from top colleges
 Students from middle-income families are finding it more difficult to get accepted to the nation’s most selective colleges and universities, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the American Enterprise Institute found about 32 percent of students at the nation’s most selective schools are middle-income. That&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Students from middle-income families are finding it more difficult to get accepted to the nation’s most selective colleges and universities, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the American Enterprise Institute found about 32 percent of students at the nation’s most selective schools are middle-income. That&rsquo...
Augusta University opens center focuses on cyber defense
 State leaders hope Tuesday’s opening of a $100 million cybersecurity center will not only make Georgia safer, but produce more teachers and workers for one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy. The Georgia Cyber Center, at Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, is the largest investment in a cyber facility...

Posted: 6 days ago

State leaders hope Tuesday’s opening of a $100 million cybersecurity center will not only make Georgia safer, but produce more teachers and workers for one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy. The Georgia Cyber Center, at Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, is the largest investment in a cyber facility...
$100 million cybersecurity center set to open in Augusta
 A grand opening is scheduled Tuesday for a $100 million Georgia cybersecurity center, which officials say is the largest investment by state government in such a facility to date. The center, which is located on Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, will include a secure briefing area and an incubator and accelerator...

Posted: 7 days ago

A grand opening is scheduled Tuesday for a $100 million Georgia cybersecurity center, which officials say is the largest investment by state government in such a facility to date. The center, which is located on Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus, will include a secure briefing area and an incubator and accelerator...
Clark Atlanta University marks its 30th anniversary
 Clark Atlanta University this month is beginning a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary. The official plans include a $1.25 million scholarship fundraising campaign and a national tour by its president to discuss the university’s vision. Clark College and Atlanta University, which both started in the 19th century, merged in...

Posted: 11 days ago

Clark Atlanta University this month is beginning a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary. The official plans include a $1.25 million scholarship fundraising campaign and a national tour by its president to discuss the university’s vision. Clark College and Atlanta University, which both started in the 19th century, merged in...
Clark Atlanta University receives $4.5 million for two federal grants
 Clark Atlanta University announced this week it’s received two multi-million dollar federal grants that it will use to help students prepare for college and for a behavioral initiative that will also assist other Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The larger grant, $2.75 million, extends the university’s Upward Bound...

Posted: 11 days ago

Clark Atlanta University announced this week it’s received two multi-million dollar federal grants that it will use to help students prepare for college and for a behavioral initiative that will also assist other Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The larger grant, $2.75 million, extends the university’s Upward Bound...
Georgia colleges returning to liberal arts
 The mother and son made the three-hour trip from Greenville, S.C., to Milledgeville on a recent Friday morning to see the college campus the young man will soon call home. Georgia College & State University’s selling points included friendly employees and a scenic campus, said Sylvia Grieco and her son, Alex, 18. But there was something...

Posted: 11 days ago

The mother and son made the three-hour trip from Greenville, S.C., to Milledgeville on a recent Friday morning to see the college campus the young man will soon call home. Georgia College & State University’s selling points included friendly employees and a scenic campus, said Sylvia Grieco and her son, Alex, 18. But there was something...
Incoming Clark Atlanta University student says high school snub "couldn't break me" 
 A high school valedictorian who’ll be attending Clark Atlanta University this fall on a full academic scholarship was not allowed to speak at his school’s graduation, to the dismay of many, including the city’s mayor. Jaisaan Lovett of Rochester, N.Y., became the first African-American valedictorian in his school’s...

Posted: 11 days ago

A high school valedictorian who’ll be attending Clark Atlanta University this fall on a full academic scholarship was not allowed to speak at his school’s graduation, to the dismay of many, including the city’s mayor. Jaisaan Lovett of Rochester, N.Y., became the first African-American valedictorian in his school’s...
Court ruling changed Georgia’s approach to race-based college admissions
 The Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that it is abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses may have little impact on Georgia’s largest campuses, because of a nearly two-decades-old court ruling. The University of Georgia (UGA), the...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that it is abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses may have little impact on Georgia’s largest campuses, because of a nearly two-decades-old court ruling. The University of Georgia (UGA), the...