Tech's Strategic Plan: Five Years Later
In some ways, not a lot has changed. Georgia Tech is still one of the best institutions of higher learning in the country and world, and is still dedicated to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. The Ramblin' Wreck is still running, and George P. Burdell is still here.
And in other ways, it's a different place than it was five years ago. Tech is trailblazing in the way it educates students, partners with government and industry, serves its employees, and connects with its local and global communities. Physically, numerous new facilities now exist to serve an increasingly interdisciplinary approach in all areas of academics and research. Demographically, it's more diverse than ever, with this year's freshman class having more women and more African-Americans than ever before. It's a place where the President of the United States wants to come to cite what is being done right in higher education today.
As we move forward, with 20 percent of the plan’s timeline now passed, it is encouraging to look back at the progress made and how Georgia Tech is strategically changing the world.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Tech as the No. 7 public university for 2016. Tech also earned the No. 13 spot in the Most Innovative category and the No. 30 spot in Best Colleges for Veterans.
AT&T, The Home Depot, Southern Company, Panasonic, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, and NCR all now have innovation centers in Tech's neighborhood.
In 2012, the Grand Challenges Living Learning Community began giving first-year students a chance to tackle global issues related to food, water, energy, and health.
This year's freshman class represents 64 countries, 48 states, 86 Georgia counties, and more than 1,400 high schools. It also has the highest academic profile to date.
Georgia Tech takes a keen interest in training future scientists and engineers through initiatives such as Project ENGAGES a high school education program that began in 2013.
Tech faculty and students are at the forefront of new teaching and learning models, such as flipped classes, and the pioneers are sharing tips with others as they blaze the trail.
In 2014, we revolutionized online learning through a partnership with AT&T and an Online Master of Science in Computer Science that costs about $6,600.
Data from a 2015 Student Experience Survey shows that more students are highly likely to recommend Tech to others, find it very friendly, and have a high-quality experience.
Tech's Shimi and Shimon robots took center stage on The TODAY Show in May 2015, showcasing Georgia Tech's cutting-edge program in music technology.
In 2012, Tech created a new interdisciplinary research institute to promote a technologically advanced and globally competitive manufacturing base in the U.S.
As cybersecurity becomes increasingly important, faculty and researchers in the new Institute for Information Security and Privacy are focused on finding new ways to keep our data and privacy safe.
Tech is continuing to find new ways to cultivate, recognize, and reward great teaching to promote better learning. A new commemorative wall in the Clough Commons is one testament to that goal.
Gifts from Tech alumni and friends, corporate partners, foundations, and others have funded nearly endowed faculty chairs and professorships, student scholarships, new facilities, and research centers.
Being named as the lead for one of 10 centers by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2012 let Tech take a step forward in developing solutions to transportation challenges in Georgia and the region.
A new program that was started in 2014 lets students earn both a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and a juris master’s degree from Emory University in as little as five years.
Each year, more students are pursuing startups while still taking classes, and new campus spaces and programs are supporting both their academic and entrepreneurial goals.
While still a student, InVenture Prize winner Jasmine Burton launched Wish for WASH, a startup that could provide access to improved sanitation for billions of people around the world.
This arm of Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) lets members of the Tech community commercialize the ideas that come from their research.
In 2014, Tech started its Data Science for Social Good internship program, where students help local organizations use advanced computational power and new analytic methods to improve their work.
The new Interdisciplinary Design Commons, now in the design phase, will provide an additional space on campus for students to explore project-based learning and leadership.
The neighborhoods surrounding Tech’s campus have struggled for decades with drugs, crime, and poverty. In 2011, Tech formed the Westside Communities Alliance to help.
Tech's new Serve-Learn-Sustain initiative, launched in 2015, gives students the opportunity to make service contributions as part of their academic work and based on their expertise.
Supported by alumnus Chris Klaus, CREATE-X, launched in 2015, is a collective of programs designed to give students the tools they need to establish startups.
One group of students took an expedition in 2014 through Nepal to Mount Everest, encountering a wide variety of Nepalese culture along the way.
The 2014 Ivan Allen Prize honored Beatrice Mtetwa, an African lawyer who has devoted herself to human rights, social justice, and gender equality for more than 20 years.
Each year, a group of undergraduate civil engineering students travels abroad to apply their research and help communities. In 2015, the group tackled air and water quality in Bolivia.
In April 2015, Tech helped organize the first Forum of University Presidents, which convened around 400 university leaders and high-ranking officials from 35 countries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The groundbreaking Online Master of Science in Computer Science is breaking down education barriers to let students from around the world earn a Tech degree, even while on active duty.
This event brings together university teams from around the country to compete for prizes for their business ideas that will make a positive real-world impact. Four Tech teams made it to the semifinals this year.
In 2013, the Student Government Association began an annual event with Georgia Tech Athletics in which Tech's own student-athletes teach international students to play American football.
As of 2014, students from all over the world can study electrical and computer engineering with Tech faculty, gain experiences studying and living in China, and interact with multinational companies.
In March 2015, the president visited to address students and discuss college affordability, calling Georgia Tech "one of the best bargains around."
By almost any measure, Georgia Tech tops the list when it comes to return on investment. In recent years, more external rankings and studies have been noticing.
Tech's co-op program is not new, but its usage and benefits continue to grow. In 2014, annual co-op earnings totaled $10.4 million.
The two Atlanta universities are saving themselves space and resources by combining forces for a new facility on Emory's campus. The joint effort was announced in 2014.
In 2014, Georgia Tech announced that all valedictorians and salutatorians from Atlanta Public Schools would receive automatic acceptance and full scholarships.
In 2014, Tech turned to four-legged friends as a sustainable, efficient method of managing landscaping in parts of campus.
Tech spent the 2014-15 year with a renewed emphasis on stopping unethical behavior that could prevent the Institute from achieving its goals because of depleted resources.