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Disruptive Change in Higher Education

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is Georgia Tech's living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. Disruptive innovations in higher education are evolving, and Georgia Tech is committed to leading the initiatives that will define the next generation of educational practices and technologies. C21U works in tandem with campus administrators and faculty to identify, develop, and test new educational platforms and techniques.

Today, traditional colleges and universities face escalating operational challenges, including reduced funding, changing student demographics, questions regarding quality and value, and increased competition. Their success—or more bleakly, their survival—requires transformative change to enable new teaching and learning approaches. By testing educational techniques in actual classrooms, C21U develops proven technology-driven solutions that result in optimal student outcomes through creative institutional change. Combining technological solutions with practice and process modifications, C21U leverages beneficial industry and educational connections, offering important first steps toward defining the university of the 21st century.

Institutional Innovation and Educational Impact

C21U develops, tests, and evaluates new technologies, as well as facilitates their deployment, in higher education. C21U provides ways to experiment with and transform all aspects of higher education affected by technological disruption. Current approaches under development include: 

  • Small teams of developers who help faculty prototype their ideas
  • A network of technology companies committed to creating global partnerships
  • Facilitators who can clear away bureaucratic clutter to get ideas into immediate classroom use
  • Commercialization expertise and capital to turn innovative ideas into new companies
  • Policy development and assessment to facilitate institutional change
  • Innovative customizable student-centered delivery systems for training health information technology specialists
  • Experimental index to define and assess value in higher education institutions

C21U Central Office

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 Ferst Drive NW

Atlanta, GA 30332-0765
Phone: (404) 385-2218

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