The Chronicle of Higher Education today has published a worth-reading national study of the academic backgrounds of 7,000 legislators in all 50 states.
In Georgia, 82 percent – numerically, that’s 193 — of our 236 lawmakers in the state Capitol have a bachelor’s degree or better. Another 5 percent have some college.
By ranking, Georgia is neither high (California, 90 percent) or low (New Hampshire, 53 percent). Nationwide, the figure is 75 percent.
More important, the CHE study shows the continued dominance of the University of Georgia as the alma mater of choice in this state. One-third of all Georgia legislators with bachelor’s degrees have a UGA diploma.
If you think that doesn’t matter come budgeting time, think again.
By contrast, Georgia Tech didn’t make it into the top 10 of matriculation venues for state lawmakers. Only five legislators reported attending one of the nation’s finest engineering schools. (On its interactive map, CHE has added insult to injury by locating Georgia Tech in Hapeville – but is busily correcting the error.)
Georgia State University runs a surprising second, perhaps explaining that new football team.
Here’s the list, as presented by CHE:
1. UGA, 63 lawmakers
2. Georgia State University, 24
3. Mercer University, 15
4. Georgia Southern University, 8
5. Emory University, 7
6. Kennesaw State University, 7
7. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, 6
8. North Georgia College & State University, 6
9. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, 6
10. Valdosta State University, 6
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider