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Fall 2018 Welcome Back Message

As we begin the start of a new academic year, I want to extend a warm welcome to our new students and to welcome our returning students back to campus. The start of a new academic year is a great time to become reacquainted with familiar faces of friends and faculty, and begin to make new acquaintances. Our Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) chapter, the national leadership honor society, has invited faculty, students, and staff to gather on Tech Green anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 to wear a nametag and meet some of your fellow students, faculty, and staff on this first day of classes. There will be a number of special events throughout the day, and it’s a good way to meet some new people and make everyone feel welcome.

Increasing Access, Reducing Costs, and Meeting Future Workforce Needs

The Georgia Institute of Technology has long been known as a leader in education and innovative solutions to a multitude of challenges. Through the focused efforts of more than 50 faculty, staff, and students over the past two years, the Commission on Creating the Next in Education has identified a series of recommendations and actions that will place Georgia Tech at the forefront of innovative educational institutions. The Commission, launched by Provost Rafael Bras, has conducted extensive research and explored innovative approaches to higher education that address the changing needs of learners and educators alike, including ways to improve effectiveness, increase access, reduce costs, and meet the needs of workforce development today and well into the future. The results of this effort are now available in the report entitled “Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education.” 

Commitment to Ethics

Georgia Tech is entrusted by students, parents, taxpayers, sponsors, alumni, donors, and friends with resources and with the responsibility to fulfill our mission of education, research, public service, and economic development. This trust and responsibility require a commitment to ethical standards to assure others that our activities are executed in the best interest of those who support us and of those we serve. 

Commitment to Diversity

“We will recruit, develop, retain, and engage a diverse cadre of students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, interests, and talents, creating a campus community that exemplifies the best in all of us—in our intellectual pursuits, our diversity of thought, our personal integrity, and our inclusive excellence.” 
—Georgia Tech Strategic Plan