ALBANY, GAAlbany State University (ASU) is waving the SAT and ACT scores and the application fee for first-year students applying for the summer and fall 2020 semester. This adaption of the admissions process followed the cancellation of testing services by the College Board. This change was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and authorized by the University System of Georgia. Students will still have to meet other established requirements for admissions.

“Our promise to you, is we will ensure continuity of instruction while ASU participates in online and remote instruction. Campus leadership, faculty and staff are committed to each student’s academic success. That’s the Golden Ran Guarantee,” said Marion Ross Fredrick, president of Albany State University.

ASU has established measures, so students will received the same quality of instruction while they are taking online courses. These measures include:

  • Virtual lectures through Zoom and WebEx
  • Virtual Office Hours daily for all faculty members
  • RAM Central promise to call back 30 minutes after you leave voicemail
  • Virtual studying and tutoring services
  • Virtual Career Services resume critiques, mock interviews and more

Additionally, the ASU Foundation is providing the Local Scholars Grant. Students who graduate from one of ASU’s 28 county service area high schools are eligible (based upon availability of funds) to receive this grant.

“In these unprecedented times we ant prospective students to easily apply for admission without any added pressure,” said Kenyatta Johnson, Vice President of enrollment management and student success.

The application deadline for summer enrollment at ASU is May 1 and the fall deadline is June 1. ASU is proud to offer a multitude of programs including certificates, associates, bachelors, masters and a specialist degree.

For additional information about admissions changes and the local scholars grant, please visit ASU admissions here , email: ramcentral@asurams.edu or call 229-500-4358.

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About Albany State University

Albany State University (ASU) is one of Georgia’s diverse, educational gems. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society. ASU offers 13 post secondary certificate programs and 55 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s and specialist degree programs, many of which are offered fully online. For more information, visit www.asurams.edu.

Every Friday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the upcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President: Marion Fedrick, Albany State University

Marion Fedrick

Marion Fedrick was appointed interim president of Albany State University on Feb. 1, 2018. She initially joined the university’s administration as interim executive vice president on Oct 16, 2017.

Since Fedrick assumed a leadership role at Albany State University, the institution has undertaken several initiatives, including an assessment designed to improve the student experience and a comprehensive effort with faculty to reimagine the university’s academics.

Prior to her appointment at Albany State, Fedrick served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia (USG) overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefit programs, and organizational and leadership development initiatives.

She has also served as assistant commissioner for the State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, director of corporate human resources at AT&T, director of compensation and benefits planning at BellSouth, human resources division manager at Emory Healthcare, assistant director of human resources at Clark Atlanta University, and human resources manager at Athens-Clarke County Government.

As assistant commissioner for the State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, Fedrick oversaw the human resources, compensation, and benefits functions for the State of Georgia. She played a key role in developing a strategy for the employee benefits program that resulted in a first-year savings of $3 million. She also led the redesign of the employee benefit package statewide resulting in premium savings of over $20 million in year one anf $5 million in year two.

Marion served in various professional, community, and civic organizations including the trustee for the Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia and Client Advisor for Fidelity, AON, and TIAA Cref. She also served on the board of Communities in Schools of Atlanta and is an active member of World at Work, the National Society for Human Resources Management, and the International Foundation of Benefit Professionals. Fedrick is also a volunteer for Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc., In additional to being an alumna of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Athens, and the United Way VIP Program.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised between our nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a vocal proponent for education and public policy issues. He has fostered meaningful dialogue within the national higher education community. His research, speeches and publications focus on crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African-American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, state funding for higher education, mentoring and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct. Throughout his career, he has enhanced the quality of the university experience for students, developed and successfully implemented comprehensive retention and enrollment plans leading to greater access, opportunity and higher graduation rates; thereby enabling more individuals to improve their quality of life by earning a college education.

Fedrick received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and is a certified senior human resources professional. She and her husband, Horace, have one daughter, Sarah, who is in middle school.

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About West Virginia State University

Albany State University will be a world-class comprehensive university and a powerful catalyst for the economic growth and development of Southwest Georgia. ASU will be recognized for its innovative and creative delivery of excellent educational programs, broad-based community engagement and public service, and creative scholarship and applied research, all of which enrich the lives of the diverse constituencies served by the University. For more information, visit www.asurams.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

 

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Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, President of Alabama State University.

MONTGOMERY, AL – Just one week after Jackson State University’s President Dr. Carolyn Meyers release her resignation, another female president is gone from the HBCU scene. The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has voted 8-6 in removing Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd from president at ASU.

According to a source, the removal came about Friday during a meeting in placing Boyd on administrative leave. At the beginning of the meeting trustee Herbert Young moved to add a new item to the agenda, which was to place Boyd on administrative leave.

“It was disappointing, very disappointing,” Boyd said about her removal. “It definitely caught me off guard. It’s not good for the university, but they are the board, and they get to make that decision.”

A post-determination hearing will be held Nov. 14, with a statement of charges to be provided to Boyd no later than Monday. She has been charged with failure to maintain the confidence of the board.

Young also proposed to authorize attorney Dorman Walker of the Balch and Bingham law firm to draw up the charge against Boyd. The Board approved.

Provost Leon Wilson has been appointed to serve as interim president until the board finds a replacement for Boyd. Wilson told the Advertiser that he “heard rumblings” prior to the meeting on Friday that Boyd would be removed.

The university has since released this statement from Wilson:

“At this time, it is important that the Alabama State University family remains focused on our top priority and greatest treasure, which is our students. We will continue our educational agenda, and I, along with our leadership team, faculty and staff, will serve our students to the best of our ability. The most important thing for the University right now is to maintain its stability. I ask that the community keep me and our University in its prayers.” – Interim President Leon C. Wilson.

The board was originally scheduled to discuss the university’s budget and university-wide furloughs.

University staff members said Boyd called a meeting on Wednesday with everyone employed by ASU to announce the furloughs. She announced at the meeting that there were to be 12 furloughs throughout the year for all employees, meaning once a month the employees wouldn’t come to work and wouldn’t be paid for that day.

Though Boyd’s tenure saw accreditation warnings, credit drops, dips in enrollment and a $24 million budget crisis, the university was in turmoil before unanimously voting to hire her in January 2014.

In November 2012 allegations of improper contracts at the school triggered a forensic investigation. Forensic Strategic Solutions, the firm that handled the investigation, turned over its findings to Attorney General Luther Strange’s office, ultimately leading to a state and federal grand jury to examine those findings. No criminal fraud activity was found as a result of the investigations.