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Prepare our students for global leadership
Positioning Georgia Tech as a global leader in technology education and research is a key focus of the Institute Strategic Plan and essential for preparing our students for leadership in their careers and professional communities. There are a number of strong leadership initiatives throughout the Institute. To maximize their effectiveness while creating a trans-disciplinary Institute-wide focus, we will explore ways to leverage existing and potential new programs to further prepare out students for global leadership. In addition to traditional classroom experiences, we will explore the possibility of enabling faculty, students and staff to interact in venues such as short courses and workshops where a shared culture of innovation, collaboration and leadership can evolve.
Innovate to amplify social responsibility and economic impact
The work of Georgia Tech extends beyond the classroom and laboratory, creating positive impact on the region, state, nation and world. Our impact can take many forms, from helping a rural Georgia high school student learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics basics, to rejuvenating the urban landscape of Atlanta’s Westside, to advising the Nations elected leadership on manufacturing policy, or enhancing the water management systems of West Africa. Our shared responsibility to society underlies this impact and guides us to act with humility, honesty, and integrity, remaining mindful of the way our work intersects with and influences the welfare of humanity and our shared planet.
Inspire creative and entrepreneurial thinking
Georgia Tech will create and establish more flexible curricula that are appropriate for a preeminent technological university of the 21st century. New course offerings and program options will enable students to customize their degrees based on desired competencies and allow more flexibility in selecting courses required for degree completion, while reinforcing the quality and rigor of a Georgia Tech education. Multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning opportunities that balance core instruction with problem-based approaches will allow the Institute the flexibility to quickly embrace evolving knowledge and changing needs of a global society. In this new responsive and adaptive environment, students will be encouraged and enabled to explore their own interests without being confined to the discipline-specific requirements of the past.
Pursue globally significant grand challenges
Through its trans-disciplinary expertise and leadership in research, Georgia Tech is uniquely suited to address many of society’s biggest challenges. Georgia Tech will create a culture that encourages inclusive, multi-disciplinary approaches to solving these challenges. We will assess Georgia Tech’s strengths and propose opportunities for research and technology transfer through a combination of existing and new programs in areas such as advanced health informatics, personalized learning, greater access to clean water, complete DNA sequencing for diseases including cancer, nanotechnology to deliver drugs precisely to the desired tissue, persistent and reliable long-term big data storage, economical solar energy, nuclear proliferation reduction, and sustainable societal development.
Explore the role that technology could play as it relates to law
Just as building physical infrastructure is an important part of our strategic planning activities, enhancing collaborative partnerships in areas where technology intersects with the law will be critical during future planning. We will research partnerships and strategic alliances with law schools and other institutions to produce graduates who are well-versed in intellectual property, commercialization, bioethics and international law as well as other aspects of law as it is influenced and shaped by technology. This activity should leverage our strengths in these subjects and position the Institute as a leader in educational innovation and intellectual property law theory as it relates to idea creation and product development, both nationally and internationally.
Understand and influence connections between technology and policy
The opportunities and challenges presented by technology and the impact of policy on the effective use of technology in promoting global peace, stability and quality of life have never been more critical. Georgia Tech will broadly harness and support the efforts of all its academic and research assets to examine, understand, educate and ultimately influence policies relating to expertise in technology, both locally and globally. Specific implications of this initiative include: additional investments in those units focusing on humanities, as well as global political, economic and social structures; fostering connections created by a physical presence as policy makers in government regionally, nationally and globally; and encouraging adjustments to the curriculum to enable students to be exposed to and understand the impact of the relationship between policy and technology.
Preserve educational quality while increasing accessibility
The unprecedented changes in science and technology applications have exploded in such a way that skills obtained during an undergraduate or graduate level education can quickly become obsolete or irrelevant. Contemporary computer-based education approaches have opened the door for affordable access to knowledge and life-long education. This access will help ensure that Georgia Tech students, alumni and friends will have affordable access to any "courseware" developed and deployed by Georgia Tech, irrespective of their physical location.
Cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships at international, national and local levels
As the scope and reach of Georgia Tech’s activities increases, we will seek new partnerships while continuing to strengthen existing ones. Such partnerships leverage growing expertise towards supporting the development of technology policy on local, national, and international levels. Long-term, strategic partnerships help to expand the professional networks of our students, faculty and staff for mutual gain. In identifying and nurturing strategic partnerships, we seek better alignment of Georgia Tech’s activities with the needs of others.
Leverage technology to enhance knowledge transfer and learning
Rapid changes in technology and an increased focus on both the affordability of and access to higher education have prompted experimentation with alternative means of delivery. As Georgia Tech’s groundbreaking online Master of Science in Computer Science has demonstrated, it is possible to provide formal, structured education in a distributed environment using non-traditional methods. Yet in addition to looking outward, we must also focus inwardly to champion pedagogical approaches where technology has a direct impact on resident instruction and enriches the student experience. Georgia Tech is committed to leading the initiatives that will define the next generation of educational practices and technologies.
Establish best business and administrative practices
Establishing meaningful and focused business and administrative practices is an essential element of our relentless pursuit of institutional effectiveness with an emphasis on seamlessly bridging between our administrative and academic functions. Administration and Finance will lead efforts to identify and implement innovative administrative business processes based on state-of-the-art tools and technologies for facilitating learning and research as well as conducting business. This will include best-in-class financial systems and processes to ensure the most flexible, efficient and effective allocation and use of resources.