Working groups established to explore the lifelong learning unit

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Creating a new academic unit is a long process, and Tech is just getting started.

The Georgia Institute of Technology announces plans to launch a new academic unit dedicated to lifelong learning. The new unit will bring together three entities whose work underpins its mission and vision: Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), and the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) .

This launch means new and expanded research, curriculum, student, and professional support opportunities for educators at every stage “from kindergarten to gray.”

Creating a new academic unit is a long process, and Tech is just getting started. Dean Nelson Baker and Dean Charles Isbell are leading the effort, which currently has three working groups:

  • Academic vision, research, faculty governance and strategic planning
  • Business model and operations
  • Change management and communication

The Institute engaged an external consultant, Accenture, to study the current state of the lifelong learning market and provide advice on possible benchmarks against peers and competitors within and outside of higher education, market opportunities and lifelong education business best practices.

In the coming weeks, the working groups will ask members of the Georgia Tech community to contribute their knowledge and creative energy to the process. A series of listening sessions will be offered to CEISMC, C21U and EPWG members to provide feedback starting this month. More information and a registration form will be provided to faculty and staff in these units over the next week. If you are outside of these units and would like to participate in the process, please complete this web form and you will be contacted for events in the spring. The working groups will integrate ideas from the community, consultants, and previous working groups into a detailed proposal for the Board of Regents and the Georgia University System. This proposal will be submitted early in the spring of next year.

The idea of ​​a lifelong learning unit has been in development for some time. Georgia Tech’s Commission on Creating the Future in Education and its subsequent report led to the formation of an institute strategic plan task force called “WGPE Next”, also chaired by Deans Baker and Isabel. This group made the recommendation to form the new unit.

The members of the working groups on lifelong learning are:

Academic vision, research, faculty governance and strategic planning

Co-chaired by: Charles Isbell, Dean, College of Computing and Jonathan Clarke, Associate Professor of Finance, Scheller College of Business

  • Sonia Alvarez-Robinson, Executive Director of Strategic Consulting
  • Richard Barke, Associate Professor, Public Policy
  • Juana Cunningham, Senior Director of Strategy Consulting
  • Lizanne DeStefano, Executive Director, CEISMC and Professor, Psychology
  • Charles Domercant, Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Ashok Goel, Professor, Interactive Computing
  • Stephen Harmon, Acting Executive Director, C21U, Associate Dean for Research, GTPE, and Professor, Industrial Design
  • Bradley Hastings, Executive Director of Development, Faculties of Computing and Engineering
  • David Joyner, Executive Director of Online Education and OMSCS, College of Computing
  • Greg King, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Institute Relations
  • Julia Kubanek, Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research
  • J. Rhett Mayor, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Faculty Secretary
  • Mark Nolan, Associate Vice President of Corporate Engagement
  • Stephen Ruffin, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, GTPE
  • Rohan Sohani, undergraduate student body president

Business model and operations

Co-chaired by: Nelson Baker, Dean, Georgia Tech Professional Education and Daren Hubbard, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology

  • Mary Albertson, Director of Technology Licensing, Commercialization
  • Sonia Alvarez-Robinson, Executive Director of Strategic Consulting
  • Pam Buffington, Director of External and Faculty Engagement, C21U
  • Juana Cunningham, Senior Director of Strategy Consulting
  • Jeffrey Fischer, CIO, GTPE
  • Brandi Foley-Rodgers, Senior Director of Human Resources Strategy and Faculty Administration, Office of the Provost and Office of EVPR
  • Kathleen Gosden, Associate General Counsel
  • Laura Hessler, Senior Director of HR Support, Administrative Services Center
  • Cindy Hope, Associate Vice President, Research Administration
  • Glenn Hopkins, Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Emily Howell, Senior Director of Budget Reform
  • Gloria Kobus, Bursar
  • Cynthia Martin, Director of the Institute for Financial Support for Research
  • Patrice Miles, Assistant Dean of Business Operations, GTPE
  • Brandon Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer, CEISMC
  • Reta Pikowsky, Associate Vice-Rector and Registrar
  • Tanesha Steward, Director of Affiliates, Office of the General Counsel
  • Kellye Terrell, Senior Director, HR Business Partners, Georgia Tech Human Resources

Management and communication

Co-chaired by: Renee Kopkowski, Vice President, Institute Communications and Jennifer Herazy, Associate Vice President for Strategy and Administration, Office of the Provost and Office of the Executive Vice President for Research

  • Brittany Aiello, Communications Program Manager, C21U
  • Sonia Alvarez-Robinson, Executive Director of Strategic Consulting
  • Susan Burns, Associate President for Finance and Administration, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ann Claycombe, Director of Communications, College of Computing
  • Juana Cunningham, Senior Director of Strategy Consulting
  • Michael Hagearty, Assistant Vice President of Campus News and Special Events, Institute Communications
  • Shannon Helton-Amos, Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy, GTPE
  • Susie Ivy, Director of Organizational, Academic and Research Communications, Institute Communications
  • Morgan McCombs, Director of State Relations, Institute Relations
  • Alex Orso, Associate Dean of Off-Campus and Special Initiatives, College of Computing
  • Rachael Pocklington, Program Director of Strategic Communications and Initiatives, Institute Communications
  • Laura Pusateri, Director of Employee Engagement and Wellbeing, Georgia Tech Human Resources
  • Joëlle Walls, Communication Manager, CEISMC
  • Sara Warner, Senior Director of Communications, Engagement and Student Wellbeing
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