Pre-Work Phase:     

August 2021 – May 2022    

  • The GTPE Next group developed several key takeaways, one of which was to explore the creation of a new academic unit.     

Phase 1: Analysis and Ideation   

August 2022 – July 2023      

  • GTPE Next initiative becomes the Lifetime Learning initiative, including the organizational alignment of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), and Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE.)    
  • Eight-week engagement with external consultant Accenture.
  • Georgia Tech working groups formed and began data collection and synthesis.
  • Listening sessions and town hall offered to faculty and staff of C21U, CEISMC, and GTPE, as well as interested members of the greater campus community.
  • Working groups submitted a detailed report to Georgia Tech leadership, including high-level recommendations shared with C21U, CEISMC, and GTPE.
  • Phase I Working Group recommendations to be socialized with the University System of Georgia (USG).
  • The Division of Lifetime Learning was officially launched, with Nelson Baker as interim dean.

Phase II: Detailed Planning

July - December 2023

  • Design Team planning and activities began, including recruiting and selecting Design Team members.
  • Town Halls were hosted for the Division's faculty and staff.
  • Searches began for the Lifetime Learning leadership team.
  • The new College proposal was presented to stakeholders, including students and faculty governance.

Fall 2023 through Summer 2024

  • Design Teams develop recommendations on the structure and operations of the new College, including initial structure and basic operations.
  • Division of Lifetime Learning employees and greater campus are invited to provide input on recommendations through expanded listening sessions.
  • Institute and Lifetime Learning leadership reviews and approves Design Team recommendations.

Phase III: Launch

Spring 2024 through Fall 2025

  • New College launches (pending approvals).
  • Implementation begins, including the search for the inaugural dean, integration of existing Division units' employees and other Georgia Tech faculty and staff and activities, academic program development, and additional faculty and staff hiring, as needed.

Organizational structure, operations, academic programs, and governance continue evolving throughout Phase III.

Phase IV: New Beginnings

Fall 2025

  • First credit-bearing classes of the new College are likely to begin.


Updated July 2023