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As the Office of the Provost moves from the research phase of the Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE) to the implementation phase, there will be many events and ongoing project with which the Georgia Tech community can engage. C21U will act as a hub for these activities.

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Georgia Tech atrium™

One consequence of the Georgia Tech Commitment is that more students will avail themselves of programs and services in the long tail. It is always an option to try to provide remote or online facilities to connect those students to the physical campus. However, Georgia Tech’s experience with its OMSCS program proves that it is possible to be near the majority of the students with a relatively small footprint.

For example, as many as 80 percent of OMSCS students in the United States live within two hours of one of ten major population centers. The question then arises as to whether there is an alternative to the central campus that can be deployed at a national or global scale.

Just like a physical atrium in one of Georgia Tech’s new campus buildings, the Georgia Tech atrium™ is a scalable gathering place and a portal to real and virtual services. As the Commission envisions it, the atrium™ is an open space that can be programmed to suit the needs of learners, a venue for performances and events, and a way to provide social glue for learners, professors, and others who want to be associated with Georgia Tech. It is also a market, anchored by two shops—the Library Store and the University Learning Store.

The Library Store enables individuals who do not have physical access to a research university library to learn, create, and research (Bailey 2017). The University Learning Store, Georgia Tech’s award-winning shopping experience, provides courses, certificates, and degrees in an online format (Goss 2017). The atrium™ might also contain career service centers, personal counseling and advising studios, and an Invention Studio, as well as space for meetups associated with Georgia Tech’s online courses. The Georgia Tech atrium™ would provide cost- effective, high-quality educational experiences and services to Georgia Tech learners and community members by matching personnel, expertise, and facilities to the needs of the communities served.

Although the size and scope of each Georgia Tech atrium™ will be determined by its physical environment, they will all have the following characteristics:

  • They will not require classrooms or other forms of educational delivery to support operations.
  • They will be a key component of Advising for a New Era and will place an emphasis on mentoring, advising, and collaboration.
  • They will employ highly skilled educational professionals with broad subject matter expertise and back them with an extensive, technologically enabled infrastructure that provides on-demand access to more specialized knowledge and resources.
  • They will make generic space and services available to anyone with Georgia Tech credentials.
  • They will be available on a pay-for- services or subscription basis to non–Georgia Tech students.
  • They will incorporate laboratory and maker facilities that can be deployed in a self- contained, self-administered way.

Each of these characteristics requires more extensive study; one of the goals of this program is to investigate the feasibility of the Georgia Tech atrium™ model as a way of implementing a physical presence for the Georgia Tech Commitment. A pilot project to further develop these ideas should begin shortly after the Commission completes its work.

Read more about the Georgia Tech atrium™ in the CNE Report, Initiative 5: A Distributed Worldwide Presence.