From the Dean's Desk - Nov. 6, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

I have an idea: let’s take a break today and talk about something that will bring a little joy.

The final numbers are out, and Georgia Tech’s fall enrollment is up nine percent over last year. More than that, the bulk of the growth has been in the online masters programs: OMSCS, OMS Cyber, and OMS Analytics. In other words, our field and our programs are driving an expansion for the entire Institute and, indeed, the entire USG. We can and should be proud of that.

There’s more good news in the enrollment numbers in the form of a more diverse student body. The first-year class includes 10 percent more Black students than it did last year, a record-setting number for Tech. The number of Latino students also increased, by 8.4 percent, as did the number of female students, up by 10 percent. The Institute also set a record for transfer students, and that also means an increase in the number of first-generation college students on campus.

In other words, the Georgia Tech student body is looking more and more like America. This diversity of backgrounds is also bringing a diversity of opinions and experiences to campus. Learning to navigate those differences makes all of us smarter.

Finally, I don’t think I’m just projecting when I say I know we’re all worn out from the last eight years months, this past week, and apparently the next two months. So, try to find something this weekend that makes you happy, or at least gives you a break from the madness. We’ll have plenty of time to settle in for the grind of the same three or four campaign commercials targeted at YOU (live by the algorithm, die by the algorithm) on infinite loop on every streaming service and cable channel you pay attention to as the entire country turns its metaphorical eye to Georgia’s run off elections.

Good luck. Stay safe.


Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

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