Commissioner Greg Dozier with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and Dr. Tristan Denley, Chief Academic Officer, with the University System of Georgia (USG) joined MAX on November 13th to discuss innovations in higher education, current pivots, and preparing the workforce of the future. Dozier and Denley provided timely insights on a number of questions, including but not limited to the following:
- How has USG and TCSG have pivoted as a result of COVID-19? What has been changed, what has stayed the same?
- What changes prompted TCSG and USG to implement innovative programs such as TCSG’s Cloud Academy or USG’s Nexus Degree prior to the pandemic?
- What have been the benefits and challenges from offering more online classes? How will online classes be utilized moving forward, especially for continuing education of adults or those with transportation challenges?
- How are USG and TCSG working to help students and families struggling financially due to the economic crisis?
The discussion with Dr. Denley and Commissioner Dozier highlighted many examples of how USG and TCSG were preparing for change long before the pandemic began. The pandemic has served to accelerate initiatives and innovations that both systems were already well poised to implement in their service to Georgia’s workforce and business community.
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