Programs & Outreach

C21U supports programs to bring together learners, teachers, researchers, and anyone interested in driving change in higher education.

Research & Innovation

C21U explores change-oriented ideas in higher education and engages collaborators in their design and validation.

Living Laboratory

C21U develops and tests technology-mediated learning environments, including MOOCs and virtual communities of practice.

Fundamental Change in Higher Education

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is Georgia Tech's living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. As higher education rapidly evolves, Georgia Tech is committed to leading the initiatives that will define the next generation of educational practices and technologies. Working in tandem with campus administrators and faculty, the center develops and tests new educational platforms and techniques.

Today, traditional colleges and universities face escalating operational challenges, including reduced funding, changing student demographics, questions regarding quality and value, and increased competition. Their success—or more bleakly, their survival—requires transformative change to enable new teaching and learning approaches. By testing educational techniques in actual classrooms, C21U develops proven technology-driven solutions that result in optimal student outcomes through creative institutional change. Combining technological solutions with practice and process modifications, C21U leverages beneficial industry and educational connections, offering important first steps toward defining the university of the 21st century.

In July 2012, C21U led the development of Georgia Tech’s strategic partnership with Coursera to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) as a member of the company’s second cohort of prestigious universities. C21U continues to be on the forefront of educational innovation with initiatives underway on a range of major technological platforms. The Center is also exploring the application of MOOCs and other technologies toward enhancement of educational outcomes for Georgia Tech students.

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C21U Central Office

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 Ferst Drive NW

Atlanta, GA 30332-0765
Phone: (404) 385-2218

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