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Keep GT Savannah's Undergrad Program

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The following is an excerpt from an e-mail sent by Provost of Georgia Tech, Rafael L. Bras, on 3/28/11:

"Beginning in December, a task force and I have met regularly to define a sustainable and viable strategy for the future of our Savannah operations. We have appreciated the support and input from all of our stakeholders, including students at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, during this review. The task force remains engaged in gathering input and will continue to be open to opinions and ideas until it issues its final recommendations by June 1.

Currently, there are many options being discussed for the future of Georgia Tech's presence in Savannah. At the same time, there is a strong possibility that we will phase out our undergraduate education degree programs in Savannah. Let me reassure you that any course of action would involve a gradual transition. Most importantly, any transitional process will ensure that every current student in the program has the attention and continued support necessary to obtain a Georgia Tech degree. We will communicate with each of you to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible."

In short, we have been been told two months before the decision is made that there a very high possibility that our undergraduate program at Georgia Tech Savannah is going to be "phased out." This will mean that we, as undergrads, will either need to drop engineering or transfer to Atlanta to get our degree from Georgia Tech.

The undergraduate engineering program at Georgia Tech Savannah has been growing since its birth, and many students wish to remain in Savannah to finish their respective degrees.

This decision will affect all students either in the Engineering Alliance Program or in GTREP, so get the word out to as many students as you can!

The Provost, the Task Force, and the Board of Regents need our input to finalize their decision, and so we need to voice our opinions as soon as possible and hopefully be able to keep the program alive.


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