Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2002 Progress Report

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Infrastructure/Support Improvements

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, an international travel tracking system was added to the crisis management and prevention protocol to maintain contact with official Georgia State travelers overseas. Georgia State was also heavily involved in the initial phases of implementation of the federally mandated Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Instructional Technology

We made substantial progress in instructional technology and information technology during 2002. The Digital Aquarium, funded by the Student Technology Fee, opened with 23 high-end workstations, 13 digital cameras and other state-of-the-art equipment along with software allowing students to complete sophisticated creative multimedia projects. More than 6,000 students took advantage of the Digital Aquarium in its first six months of operation. A wireless network, also funded by the Student Technology Fee, was activated in the Library and Student Center and on the heavily-used plaza outside the Library enabling students, faculty and staff to access the Internet and e-mail seamlessly with wireless capable laptops and handheld computers while moving in these areas. The main, open computer lab on campus was completely renovated to provide technology-oriented group study facilities, and the number of student workstations was increased by 25%. Five poorly dimensioned general classrooms in Sparks Hall were reconfigured as four computer-equipped classrooms, including one 47-workstation classroom, the largest such classroom on the campus. The other three classrooms were designed with semi-circular workstation clusters to facilitate collaborative learning. This project doubled the number of classrooms with individual student workstations. WebCT grew during 2001-2002 with optimized accessibility including ADA compatibility and the addition of 600 new courses. WebCT coverage spanned approximately 2,000 courses with 650 faculty designers and 20,500 unique student users. The new Cleon C. Arrington Remote Operations Center for the Georgia State Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) array of telescopes on Mount Wilson enabled researchers in Atlanta to control dozens of telescope systems at the observatory in California via secure Internet connections. The School of Music completed its new media center with 12 student listening stations and a technology classroom. The College of Health and Human Sciences acquired a human simulation system, which allows Nursing, Nutrition and Respiratory Therapy students to simulate patient contacts using computerized adult and child models. The College of Law upgraded all of its classrooms with smart podiums, web and network access, and ceiling mounted projectors.

Management Administrative Information Infrastructure
Increased focus on improved services for students is a central theme of GoSOLAR (Georgia State On-Line Access to Records). A highly successful migration of SIS to Banner was completed in calendar year Fall 2002.

The multi-year plan to modernize the physical network infrastructure for all campus buildings through redesign of all data closets and installation of industry-standard cabling and new networking equipment has been funded for completion by June 2003. This successful GSUNet2 project provides part of the foundation for improved access to and communications with information resources. In addition, a network fiber optic ring connecting all the buildings has been completed. This ring includes the Wachovia Building and the Aderhold Learning Center and loops back down Edgewood Avenue and includes built-in redundancies.

Improved Performance of Administrative Units
A five-year cycle of Administrative and Support Unit Review has been approved. The first cycle of ASUR has been accelerated through efforts spearheaded by the Senior Faculty Associate for Program Review. The provost has approved an Action Plan for Human Resources. Housing and Career & Job Search Services have completed their reviews and are awaiting development of Action Plans.


At its December 2002 meeting, the University Senate voted to add ten elected staff members.

Comprehensive Campaign

We had a productive fund-raising year in spite of the severe downturn in the economy. The “Results” comprehensive campaign passed the $109 million mark in route to an overall goal of $125 million. This campaign goal includes $25 million earmarked for a science teaching laboratory building. Overall gifts and pledges to the university totaled $11.9 million, a substantial decrease from the prior year, but the fifth consecutive year above $10 million. Annual Fund giving reached $2.35 million, the sixth year in a row above $2 million. Most remarkably gifts from faculty and staff tallied $556,900 with over 82% of faculty and staff making contributions. This is the highest known participation rate by faculty and staff at a public university and an impressive testament to institutional loyalty. Various assets of the Georgie State University Foundation are listed in Table 19.


Office space for faculty, staff, and graduate students is in short supply. Leasing of two floors in 34 Peachtree Building has provided space for the Applied Linguistics/ESL department and the Computer Science department in addition to some relief for RCB faculty. Some space in the Lofts has also been rented for one year to accommodate some administrative offices whose space, in turn, has been given to A&S to house temporarily some of the faculty hired to deal with the burgeoning enrollments. Funds were allocated to complete build-out of the Wachovia building that is scheduled for completion in spring 2004. Also funds were provided to renovate existing space vacated in the Sports Arena to which the Athletic department has been relocated as of November 2002. Their vacated space in 1 Park Place will be modified to house some Communications faculty.

The Aderhold Learning Center was opened for fall 2002 classes. This beautiful facility provides 47 state-of-the-art classrooms without which we could not have accommodated the large increase in enrollments. A private developer has built housing on the edge of campus with 500 beds for married students, graduate students, and international students – the Lofts. This housing is being programmed by Georgia State and was opened for fall 2002.

The new Recreation Center, which was opened in fall 2001, was named an “Outstanding Sports Facilities 2002 Winner” at a national recreation conference. First-year use exceeded 357,000 entries by students, faculty and staff. The Recreation Center has quickly become a popular gathering place, and has increased the time students spend on campus outside of class.

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