After the launch of Tech’s strategic plan in late 2020, working groups were formed to explore ideas and initiatives to bring the strategic focus areas to life. Nelson Baker, former dean of Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), and Charles Isbell, former dean and John P. Imlay, Jr. Chair of the College of Computing, co-chaired one of those groups, called “GTPE Next.” The GTPE Next group collaborated to develop several key takeaways, one of which was to explore the creation of a new, transformational, and innovative academic unit dedicated to lifetime learning. 

In late 2022, GTPE Next became the broader “lifetime learning initiative” and kicked off a multi-phased effort to explore the creation of a new college of lifetime learning. 

Recent Division Milestones

April 2024

  • During their April 16 meeting, the Georgia Tech Faculty voted to recommend to the president creating the College of Lifetime Learning.

September 2023

  • The final report was approved. It includes a comprehensive set of recommendations and decision points to prepare the Institute to move forward, using guidance from the University System of Georgia leadership, into the next phase of work, including detailed planning and implementation of the new college.

July 2023

  • The Division of Lifetime Learning is created, aligning the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), and GTPE.
  • Dean Baker is announced as interim dean. Baker will lead the creation of the new unit, including establishing its leadership team.
  • Phase 2 activities began, including more profound engagement opportunities for C21U, CEISMC, and GTPE, formal governance conversations with faculty leadership and the USG, and detailed implementation planning.


Stakeholder Engagement

Opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the Division were held last year and at the beginning of 2024. If you couldn't attend, you can view these recordings below.

Listening Session
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, recording.

Information Session
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, recording.

Town Halls

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Read frequently asked questions about the Division.


Find out more about the anticipated timeline and activities. 

Lifetime Learning Final Report

This report is the culmination of Phase I work of the Lifetime Learning Initiative and includes a comprehensive set of recommendations and decision points.

Division of Lifetime Learning Units

Center for 21st Century Universities

C21U works with Georgia Tech campus administrators and faculty to identify, develop, and test new educational platforms and techniques.

Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing

CEISMC serves as the primary connection point between Georgia Tech faculty and students and the preK-12 STEM education community.

Georgia Tech Professional Education

GTPE is the global campus and lifetime education arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology.