If Commencement can be viewed as an early bookend to the month of May, then the other natural bookend is Memorial Day, which this year falls on Monday, May 28. Two such disparate occasions — one joyful, the other somber — but inextricably connected as celebrations of freedom afforded to us by the sacrifices of all Americans who have served in the military, but especially the more than 1.35 million who made the ultimate sacrifice from the American Revolution to our contemporary hostilities in the Middle East and the many conflicts in between.
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.”
As we enter the final stretch of our academic year, I want to take the opportunity to bring the campus up to date with regard to our progress on A Path Forward — Together, share some of the additional progress we have made in addressing concerns, and explain the implementation process that we have put in place for summer and beyond.
“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