Strategy & Impact
During the past fifteen years, the Ivan Allen College has emerged as a transformative element for Georgia Tech's destiny as a world-class center of learning and innovation. We have established a new national model for liberal arts research and curriculum — one that dissolves the boundaries that traditionally separate fields of study.
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A vision of possibility and progress
These initiatives seek to increase the coherence, vibrancy, and impact of liberal arts at Georgia Tech and carry forward the Allen legacy of socially conscious urban leadership. Through them, we are forging collaborations that link our expertise in research and education with that of our neighbors and communities around the world. We hope that, through these partnerships, we will help shape a future of excellence and prosperity for all.
The successes achieved by the Ivan Allen College and Schools are largely due to a strategic plan that differentiates our educational and research programs from those offered in more traditional programs in other universities. In particular, the College has built upon core disciplines in the social sciences and humanities while integrating with the sciences, engineering, and technology.
Following is a summary overview of the strategic plan and goals for the College.
When Georgia Tech opened its doors in 1888, English was among the original six subjects taught. For more detail, see our history timeline for the liberal arts at Georgia Tech. In 1990, the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs was established. In 1998, the mission of the college was redefined as liberal education, becoming the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts (IAC) with a focus on the humanities and the social sciences.
The College is comprised of six schools and three ROTC units:
To be a distinctive jewel in the Georgia Tech crown.
To soar as a distinctive model for liberal arts research, education, and community engagement in our highly scientific and technological 21st century world.
D) Strategic Goals
Strategic planning and implementation in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts is a continuous process, designed to support the college’s commitment to high performance and excellence in all of our enterprises.
Basic Strategic Goals
- To lead in innovative research in the humanities and social sciences.
- To prepare leaders who balance a richly defined base of knowledge, expertise, and skills with a well-grounded sense of social and ethical responsibility.
- To function well as a critical factor in policy arenas of various kinds
- To set a robust pace for the highest qualities of human-centered leadership and positive engagement—locally, regionally, nationally, internationally.
- To continue building resources and infrastructure for excellence.