Grounded in Progress and Service

Established in 1885, Georgia Institute of Technology has been an engine of progress and service for more than 138 years—driven by the mission of developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.

Georgia Tech is one of the nation’s top public research universities. With nearly $1.3 billion annually in research awards across six colleges and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia Tech is among the nation’s most research-intensive universities. It is an engine of economic development for the state of Georgia, the Southeast, and the nation.

Georgia Tech brings together scholars and innovators from a variety of disciplines driven by the principle that technology has the power to improve human condition. With more than 45,000 students, the Institute advances technology and the science that supports it, finding novel ways to leverage and deploy it to change the world for the better.

The Georgia Tech Vision 2020–2030

In 2020, Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera unveiled a 10-year strategic plan with an ambitious vision to amplify impact, champion innovation, connect globally, expand access, cultivate well-being, and lead by example.

The strategic plan sets forth a vision that leverages the university’s scale and resources to address the most crucial challenges of our time; positions the university as an engine of innovation and entrepreneurship, helping to advance Atlanta and Georgia as vibrant hubs of economic opportunity; develops committed global leaders who can build bridges of collaboration across the world; and actively expands access for more voices, minds, and perspectives to contribute to creating a better future.

The Anchor Institution Strategy is one of 19 strategic initiatives developed to advance the goals and objectives of the Georgia Tech strategic plan.

The Anchor Institution Strategy commits to advancing the Institute’s research, education, and operation enterprises through sustainable development, inclusive entrepreneurship, social innovation, and economic opportunity in support of enduring community partnerships. This strategy works in concert with the Institute’s vision to serve as an anchor, collaborator, and convener for students, faculty, and staff, and help reduce disparities and advance equity in our surrounding communities and throughout the state.

Anchor Institution Coordinating Council

The Anchor Institution Coordinating Council (AICC) is a cross-institutional committee comprised of 15 departments or centers. The committee streamlines and maximizes communication, coordination, and collaboration across community-related initiatives to ensure the Institute is employing best practices in community engagement and achieving maximum community impact. Members include:

Anchor Institution Initiatives in Action

Georgia Tech has grown alongside the city of Atlanta, becoming a pillar in American higher education and an anchor institution in the Atlanta region. These initiatives underscore the impact Georgia Tech has on its regional economy and community:

  • SCoRE Faculty Fellows, a program of the Center for Sustainable Communities Research and Education (SCoRE), are interdisciplinary learning communities bridging together faculty and staff from all six Georgia Tech colleges to develop new ideas for interdisciplinary and engaged research and teaching. Fellows convene to create and strengthen community-academic partnerships, foster community engaged research collaborations and push their research and teaching in new ways.
  • The Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience (MOVE) Program, a program of civic engagement, is an umbrella organization connecting Georgia Tech students to a variety of community service and volunteer opportunities. MOVE’s mission is to motivate the Georgia Tech community to engage in diversified service and serve as a resource for other service organizations on campus.
  • The Talent Development Initiative, a program of the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), accelerates preK-12 students through high-quality STEM experiences and offers innovative professional development for practicing teachers and administrators.
  • PIN Summer Internship, a program of the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation (PIN), is a public-private partnership with the goal of achieving inclusive innovation throughout Georgia. PIN offers a year-long fellowship program to identify and empower the next generation of innovative leaders in Georgia and the Southeast. The Fellowship, a modeled experiential learning program, places professionals into six-month rotations to help them navigate a career path in science and technology.
  • Through the Research Collaboration Forum, a program of Research Collaboration Initiative (RCI), Georgia Tech is building deep and sustained research partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). In partnership with the Atlanta University Data Science Initiative, Tougaloo College Research & Development Foundation, and Morehouse College, RCI hosted its first research collaboration forum for HBCUs to forge relationships with representatives from governmental offices and major corporations, identify challenges and solutions within areas of mutual research interest, and obtain insights on leveraging research funding.

To support Georgia Tech’s commitment in being an anchor, collaborator, and convener, members of the AICC pursued membership in the Coalition of Urban Metropolitan and Universities (CUMU). As a member of this community, Georgia Tech will develop transformative institutional strategies enabling generations of students, faculty, and communities to thrive.

Join us in welcoming Georgia Tech to the CUMU membership.