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Affordable Degrees-at-Scale Symposium

Georgia Tech shares it's expertise in delivering online degrees-at-scale

For the fourth time, Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) held its signature event, the Affordable Degrees-at-Scale Symposium, as a way to share Georgia Tech’s expertise in delivering online degrees-at-scale. In 2014, Georgia Tech was the first to introduce the world to the Online Master of Science in Computer Science, which was made available to learners across the globe through it's exclusive online format and came at a fraction of the cost of traditional, residential programs.

Since the introduction of this first-ever affordable online degree-at-scale five years ago, as many as 45 new online degrees-at-scale exist in the market. The Affordable Degrees-at-Scale Symposium hopes to support other higher education institutions as they create similar programs to meet the growing need for affordable, high-quality online degrees.

When GTPE delivered its first symposium in 2017, it attracted 57 attendees from peer institutions. At this year’s symposium, held in September, as many as 106 attendees from higher education institutions all over the country attended. Unlike in years past when the majority of the speakers were from Georgia Tech and the University of Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), who had experience with delivering degrees-at-scale, this year’s event included many speakers from other universities that have delivered such programs and developed the expertise to share with peers.

The three day event featured big picture plenary conversations with parallel sessions and workshops for deep-dive conversations. Topics are intended to provide an increased understanding and framework for planning at-scale, affordable programs and range from Financial Models, Mission Alignment and Governance, to other topics like Learner Services, Faculty Experience and Design and Technology. Yakut Gazi, associate dean of learning systems at GTPE served as host and moderator during the event and Georgia Tech was represented throughout the sessions.

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Jason Wingard, dean of professional studies at Columbia University delivering keynote

Jason Wingard, dean of professional studies at Columbia University, delivers keynote, "Reenvisioning Professional Development in the Future of Work."

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Yakut Gazi moderates "Learner Services at Scale" panel featuring Jodi Miller (University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kim Scalzo (SUNY), Darcy Van Patten (University of Arizona), and Jennifer Wooley (GTPE).

Gazi moderates "Learner Services at Scale" panel featuring Jodi Miller (University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kim Scalzo (SUNY), Darcy Van Patten (University of Arizona), and Jennifer Wooley (GTPE).

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Ed Bailey, online instructional media supervisor, providing symposium attendees an inside-glimpse of the studio where Georgia Tech’s online and distance learning programs are produced.

Ed Bailey, online instructional media supervisor, providing symposium attendees a glimpse of the studio where Georgia Tech’s online and distance learning programs are produced.

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Rafael Bras, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Tech, acknowledging symposium attendees at reception.

Rafael Bras, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Tech, and Gazi acknowledging symposium attendees at reception.

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Arshad Saiyed (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Baker on panel for mission alignment and governance for degrees-at-scale.

Arshad Saiyed (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Baker on panel for mission alignment and governance for degrees-at-scale.