Posted April 15, 2011 Atlanta, GA
Lisa Grovenstein, 404-894-8835
Georgia Tech-Savannah students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to meet with Georgia Tech Provost Rafael Bras and members of the Georgia Tech-Savannah Task Force on April 12 and 13. The purpose of the visit was to provide a forum for the GT-Savannah community to ask questions and share comments regarding the ongoing review by the Task Force and for the provost to clarify proposals under consideration.
In response to questions regarding the purpose and timing of the review, Bras said that the adoption of the Institute’s strategic plan was a key consideration along with a variety of other factors including challenging economic conditions, challenging demographics and needs of the community and the evolving higher education landscape.
“During my visit last September, I promised to provide guidance regarding the future of Georgia Tech-Savannah by the end of the academic year,” said Bras. “Our goal is to complete the report by June 1.”
Once the report is complete, it will be presented to Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson for consideration. Any academic program changes may require review by the Board of Regents. After Task Force recommendations are adopted, a transition plan will be developed.
While students expressed concerns about the future of the undergraduate program, Bras assured them that it would be business as usual for the coming fall semester. “Any changes that are adopted will be gradually implemented with our students in mind,” he said. “Our goal is for our students to succeed no matter what recommendations are adopted.”
Updates from the Task Force and other information about the ongoing review will be posted on the Georgia Tech-Savannah website.