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College of Nursing


Photographs of nursing students, faculty and patients. Photographs include the legislative beginnings and early history of the College of Nursing. Buildings and facilities on the Georgia Regents University campus (formerly called the Medical College of Georgia). Some buildings are no longer in existence. Up until February 2011, the College of Nursing was known as the School of Nursing.

 

Academic Achievements 2008-2010


Academic Achievements celebrates some of the efforts of Albany State University faculty, staff and student contributions to the world through scholarship. It is a collaborative work of the Offices of Academic Affairs and University ` Communications. It features academic related accomplishments of various supporting units of the Division of Academic Affairs from 2008-2010. It is a compilation of efforts provided voluntarily by the individuals included in the publication.

 

Scholarly communication in the 21st century

Trends and Issues


Topics covered by the panelists will include information archiving and dissemination (open archives, institutional repositories, book digitizing projects, etc.); electronic publishing; quality control; intellectual property and copyright; and the implications of these and other trends for reading and democracy, quality control, promotion and tenure of faculty, and traditional means of scholarly communication.

 

The Impact of Teacher Absenteeism on Student Performance

The Case of the Cobb County School District


Common sense that is supported by research tells us that when a teacher is absent from the classroom, student learning is disrupted. When that teacher is repeatedly absent, student performance can be significantly impacted in a negative way. The more days a teacher is out of the classroom, the lower their students tend to score on standardized tests. Nationally, teachers are absent from the classroom on average 10 days per year. Cobb County School District teachers are out of the classroom on average 14 days per year. There are other reasons to be concerned with teacher absenteeism: •Financial costs to the school system – The Cobb County School District spent approximately $8.5 million dollars to pay for classroom and clinic nurse substitutes during the 2008/2009 school year. •Students attending school in low socioeconomic areas experience more teacher absences. Research tells us that teachers tend to be absent more often from low-socioeconomic schools, which has a detrimental affect on students who are already struggling. •Unmonitored usage of leave in a school can affect the absence behavior of employees, leading to more leave usage. This analysis was conducted in the Cobb County School District, a large suburban school district with a total number of 114 schools, more than 6,800 classroom teachers, and more than 106,000 students. Data was collected on 453 third-grade teachers and 7683 third-grade students from 64 elementary schools. A regression analysis was performed on the variables of all Cobb County third-grade teacher absenteeism rates and their student scores on the math and reading sections on the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT). A regression analysis was also performed on the percentage of students receiving free and/or reduced lunch per school and those students’ scores on the math and reading sections of the CRCT. The results of the analysis support previous research findings that higher teacher absenteeism leads to lower student math scores on standardized tests. This study also found that students attending low-socioeconomic area schools scored significantly lower on the reading and math sections of the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT). Recommendations to address this issue include better collection and monitoring of teacher absenteeism data, requiring teachers to make personal contact with the principal or other administrator when reporting absences, and implementing incentive programs to improve teacher attendance.

 

Learning from Observation Using Primitives


Learning without any prior knowledge in environments that contain large or continuous state spaces is a daunting task. For robots that operate in the real world, learning must occur in a reasonable amount of time. Providing a robot with domain knowledge and also with the ability to learn from watching others can greatly increase its learning rate. This research explores learning algorithms that can learn quickly and make the most use of information obtained from observing others. Domain knowledge is encoded in the form of primitives, small parts of a task that are executed many times while a task is being performed. This thesis explores and presents many challenges involved in programming robots to learn and adapt to environments that humans operate in. A "Learning from Observation Using Primitives" framework has been created that provides the means to observe primitives as they are performed by others. This information is used by the robot in a three level process as it performs in the environment. In the first level the robot chooses a primitive to use for the observed state. The second level decides on the manner in which the chosen primitive will be performed. This information is then used in the third level to control the robot as necessary to perform the desired action. The framework also provides a means for the robot to observe and evaluate its own actions as it performs in the environment which allows the robot to increase its performance of selecting and performing the primitives. The framework and algorithms have been evaluated on two testbeds: Air Hockey and Marble Maze. The tasks are done both by actual robots and in simulation. Our robots have the ability to observe humans as they operate in these environments. The software version of Air Hockey allows a human to play against a cyber player and the hardware version allows the human to play against a 30 degree-of-freedom humanoid robot. The implementation of our learning system in these tasks helps to clearly present many issues involved in having robots learn and perform in dynamic environments.