To the College of Computing Community,
As I conclude my 8th year as dean of the college, I would like to comment on a pattern of remarkable achievements.
We have had a succession of terrific hires in recent years, including four full professors. This year, with new faculty joining us, we will be over 100 strong!
Our faculty leads 3 Interdisciplinary Research Institutes, 3 Interdisciplinary Research Centers and 8 other centers. They created Flashpoint and Constellations. Flashpoint is a unique startup accelerator. Its 90 startups raised over $300M and have market cap of over $1.2B. Constellations’ goal is to democratize education and build a pipeline to computing from underrepresented groups.
For the past two years, CS has been the largest major at Georgia Tech and has attracted the most talented students. This year we had more than 2400 majors vs. 1140 majors in 2010. The number of applications for our CS undergraduate degree increased from 656 to 6,848. In 2018 we accepted 16% of the applicants and the average SAT of admitted students was 1509, vs. 47% and 1424 in 2010.
Our college is small and of recent vintage, with relatively few and young alumni. Nevertheless, we exceeded our fundraising campaign goal by 40% (in 2010 we were 15% under the goal). Since 2010 we doubled the number of endowed chairs (from 5 to 10) and created a number of early career professorships, and in the last eight years, we raised over $4M in unrestricted funds.
As a result of our share in OMSCS revenues, our fundraising successes, the expansion of our corporate affiliates program (from 14 to 55 since 2010!) - and due to responsible and careful stewardship - the College is in excellent financial shape, with the resources to invest in our research (supporting startups, institutes and centers), our students and our community. Last year we were able to offer market salary adjustment to a significant portion of our faculty.
OMSCS is the most substantial achievement of CoC, perhaps the most impactful program of Georgia Tech. It began with 380 students in January 2014, grew to 6365 in the spring of 2018, and is expected to have about 7,500 in the fall; it already has more than 1,200 graduates. We have discovered a large untapped market for higher education - almost all OMSCS students would not pursue a master degree without this opportunity. It is the largest MS in CS program in the United States, and in a steady state each year one of every eight American graduates in MS CS would be an OMSCS student. We do not live in a steady state, of course - OMSCS was the first of its kind, but at this time it already has a dozen followers.
Last year we began offering an online section of CS1301 to on-campus students. This spring 35% of the students took it. Its success encourages us to consider more online courses to serve our undergraduates, high school students and those interested in basic computer science education.
Our signal advances in research and innovative programs have not gone unnoticed: this spring our graduate program was ranked 8th by US News and World Report, up from 10th in 2010.
We have achieved all this because we are a community. I thank the faculty, without whom these achievements would not be possible; I thank our wonderful staff whose efforts underpin all we do at the College. Together we embody Georgia Tech’s motto ‘Progress and Service’.
Having led the College through these signal attainments, I believe it is the right time to seek a leader to take CoC yet further. The next academic year will be my last as dean, and I will step down on 6/30/2019.
There is one more year to my deanship and I will work with you next year to achieve even more.