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.
In July 2012, C21U led the development of Georgia Tech’s strategic partnership with Coursera to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) as a member of the company’s second cohort of prestigious universities.
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: