Academic Services Committee


November 28, 2001



Members Present: Ron Bohlander (GTRI), Lynn Fountain (GTRI), Joseph Hoey (Acad AFF), Nancey Green Leigh (Arch), Jerry O’Brien (CoS), Maureen Kilroy (GS&R), Beth Carey (EAS/GS)


Members Absent: Mark Richards (Exec. Bd. Liaison), Carol Colatrella (LCC), Ronnie Roberts (ChE)


Visitors:  Joe Digregorio (Vice Provost for Distance Learning) Diana Turner (Director of Continuing Education) and Miriam Barron (Associate Director of Continuing Education)



1.       Nancey Green Leigh, Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

2.       Beth Carey, the Graduate Student Representative, was welcomed to the Committee.

3.       Minutes for the October 2001 meeting of the Committee were approved.

4.       Ron Bohlander presented a report on activities of the Distance Learning Intellectual Property Subcommittee which included:

·         The charge to and membership of the Subcommittee

·         Legal boundaries concerning development of distance learning course materials on Campus, ownership of these materials and compensation

·         Applicable existing policies of Georgia Tech and the Board of Regents

·         How other universities are addressing intellectual property issues

·         Considerations of major stakeholders (Georgia Tech, Faculty and Students) in IP policies

5.       Joe Digregorio, Vice Provost for Distance Learning, Diana Turner, Director of Continuing Education, and Miriam Barron, Associate Director of Continuing Education gave a presentation on Continuing Education and Distance Learning with an emphasis on the Global Learning Center that will be located in Technology Square.  Some of the key points of the presentation were:

·         The Global Learning Center (GLC) is expected to open on September 1, 2003 and will provide an outreach not only to the midtown neighbors, the city and the state but also the world as suggested by it’s name.

·         The GLC will be a world class facility with state-of-the-art equipment that will allow students and educators to take part in the educational process from around the world.

·         A 250 room hotel and a parking deck will be part of the GLC continuing education conference facility which will accommodate 1023 participants per day

·         The current offering of 878 courses is expected to grow to approximately 1220 by 2010 and the number of participants is expected to grow from approximately 200 per day to 500 per day.

·         The academic faculty provides the content of distance learning and continuing education courses.  The GLC staff will provide production and delivery services.

·         New GLC facilities in Technology Square will be approximately twice the size currently required; however, distance learning and continuing education will continue to grow at approximately 16% per year to fill the facility.  Meanwhile, some of the space will be rented.

6.       The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 2002.

7.       The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m.




Respectfully submitted,

Jerry O'Brien, Secretary