From the Dean's Desk - Oct. 23, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

We’ve had some good news recently in the form of the most diverse transfer class in Institute history. In fact, our newly admitted class has 12 percent more students from underrepresented groups than last year’s (if you read the story, you’ll see a great example of a student who transferred here specifically because of his interest in machine learning… which, as we all know in our hearts, is the glue that holds the universe together).

This is good news for the Institute, and suggests that we are serious in pursuing our strategic goals. Although the final strategic plan won’t be released for another couple of weeks, we know that diversifying our student body is a pillar of that plan.

It’s also good news for the College (we are seeing a record number of transfer students this year because, well, of course, we are) and our field. We know that more diverse groups produce better products, yes. We know that the demand for computing is so great that we cannot fill it without bringing new groups into the field, yes. But more importantly, we know that supporting broad access is the right thing to do. It is a crucial part of what it means to live up to our aspiration to be leaders in capital-R Responsible Computing.

Speaking of responsibility, albeit somewhat more mundane, I’d like to remind those of you teaching this Spring to fill out the Course Description/ Expectations tool in Canvas. This tool allows you to capture information to make it clear to your students what your expectations are for your spring classes. The deadline for filling out the form is Monday, Nov. 2.

Of course, today is not Monday. It’s Friday, and we have several days between now and the next week. So, while we wait for the inevitability that is Monday, do try to have a great weekend: do something that feels good; do whatever it takes to hold on to the people who matter; take the time to party all night; and, basically kick it in your own special, fun, and safe way.

Peace.

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

EA: Alicia Richhart, alicia@cc.gatech.edu, 404-894-8357

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Transfers: https://www.news.gatech.edu/2020/10/16/georgia-tech-celebrates-largest-most-diverse-transfer-class-institute-history

Expectations: https://gatech.service-now.com/home?id=kb_article_view&sysparm_article=KB0025914

Feels good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfoxsfhi-kk

Hold on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj9ap3-HVzE

All night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqAvFx3NxUM&list=RDnqAvFx3NxUM&start_radio=1

Kick it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3pyCGnZzY