As part of improving the national standing of UGA and implementing policies that are more in line with AAU universities ...I find that fascinating. And telling. Is UGA trolling for an invite? You can't ask to join, you have to be invited (see my earlier posts for how the process works). Just to check, I did a quick search of the UGA site for any mention of AAU or Association of American Universities. I didn't find any smoking guns, no other memos, no other instances of a vast AAU conspiracy afoot.
I should point out The Red & Black did a story on this in 2012. It's worth the read. And, perhaps, an update.