Learning for a Lifetime

2019 Professional Education Impact Report

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High-Quality Programs
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Learner Experiences and Services
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State and Community Support
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Lifetime Education and Innovation
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Excellence and Efficiency
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Letter from the Dean

Nelson Baker, dean of professional educationAs another year goes by, we look back on a year of progress and accomplishments. 

The lifetime learner population at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) continues to grow. At 42,000 per year, these learners now make up half the total Georgia Tech student population. In the 2019 fiscal year, we’ve delivered professional development programs to more than 28,000 learners worldwide as well as online degree programs to more than 14,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Total enrollment of our online master of science degrees grew to more than 12,000, an increase of 39% over last year. In addition, GTPE has served nearly 2,600 companies with public and sponsored professional development programs during the fiscal year, and we continue to build valuable new partnerships as we move into 2020.  

As the academic division at Georgia Tech that serves the fastest-growing learner demographic in higher education, GTPE is in an ideal position to support the Institute as it redefines education for a new era. Our connection to the business community and its workforce enables us to serve as the intersection between the Institute and industry. This position allows us to reach valuable insights for strategic benefit while serving the lifetime education needs of all citizens.   

This year, since being honored to serve as their President, GTPE has played a lead role in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the leading association for those in our field. Also, our Affordable Degrees-at-Scale Symposium has become a “must-attend” event for professional and continuing education colleagues from universities all over the country.

The GTPE 2019 Impact Report highlights some achievements from this year and gives you a snapshot of the varied activities we pursue throughout the year as we work toward our ultimate goal: to define lifetime education of the 21st century.   


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Nelson C. Baker, Ph.D. 
Dean, Professional Education 
Georgia Institute of Technology