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Crecine Sets Bold Agenda

Tech's goal

State of the Institute Address


President John P. Crecine has set 1996 as a benchmark year to substantially reduce student-faculty ratios, double the number of female and black faculty members, strengthen undergraduate and graduate programs, increase the amount of sponsored research, and establish Georgia Tech as a primary agent for economic development in Georgia.

In his annual State-of-the-Institute address, Crecine told Tech's faculty members that academic restructuring has enabled Tech to create an organizational structure that supports the academic programs necessary to accomplish those goals.

"We are midway into what is the most ambitious and far-reaching academic reorganization of any major research university during the past several decades," Crecine said. "The most important part of our academic reorganization, of our repositioning Georgia Tech for the future, is what comes next."

He said the restructuring plan should be completed by the end of the 1990-91 academic year.

"The students of Georgia Tech are outstanding now, but in 1996, we want those students to be even smarter and more motivated," Crecine said. "Our average SAT scores should rise from their current levels of 1,188 for the undergraduate student body to 1,225 or higher in 1996, and to 1,240 for our 1996 entering freshman class. In that entering class should be 175 National Merit Scholars, up from 120 this year."

Crecine said that Tech should achieve a graduation rate close to 85 percent, instead of the current 60 percent, and maintain an undergraduate enrollment at slightly more than 9,000 while increasing the number of graduate students from 2,600 to 3,000. By 1996, he said, two-thirds of Tech's graduate students should be pursuing doctoral degrees.

"It is my aim that by 1996, Georgia Tech should be the nation's largest producer of black and Hispanic Ph.D.'s in engineering, science and computing. For similar reasons we have a goal to at least double the number of black instructional faculty by 1996, to 30 at minimum," Crecine said, adding, "We also aim to double the number of female faculty from 45 to at least 90."

Crecine expects the student-faculty ratio to drop from the current 21:1 to 15:1 by 1996, which he said would mean hiring 250 additional instructional faculty.

In the area of research, Crecine said the university and the Georgia Tech Research Institute currently perform $135 million per year in sponsored research, with the majority of that research being done in GTRI.

Crecine anticipates sponsored research to grow at 15 percent annually, reaching $350 million per year by 1996, a goal he called both achievable and desirable.

"In order to reach $350 million by 1996, two things must happen," Crecine stated. "First, we must increase the overall size of the instructional faculty....Secondly, as we add faculty, the academic units must increase their share of research relative to GTRI. Obviously, the second objective is contingent on the first."

Observing that service is one of Georgia Tech's primary missions, Crecine said, "Our service to the state--not just to Atlanta--is a critical and necessary component of Georgia Tech's activities.

"Georgia Tech has not been hesitant to ask for its share from the state treasury; we should not be hesitant to shoulder our share of the economic development load in return."

Crecine said that Tech's 12 Industrial Extension field offices, centered in GTRI and located throughout the state, are "an unmatched resource for economic development."

GTRI will expand its field offices to 20 by 1996, staffed with six to eight professionals per office.

"Our goal is simple: By 1996, Georgia Tech should be recognized as a primary agent for economic development in Georgia," Crecine said.


Mays Day

Tailback Jerry Mays rushed for a career-high 207 yards to lead Georgia Tech to a 33-22 victory over Peach Bowl-bound Georgia before 46,064 fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The victory capped coach Bobby Ross' first winning season at Tech' giving the Yellow Jackets a 7-4 record. The win earned Ross a victory ride on the shoulders of his players.

Mays carried 39 times to earn his game-record yardage, and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Shawn Jones to give Tech a 33-14 advantage with 2:32 left on the clock.

Mays is Tech's all-time leading receiver with 115 catches, and is the second leading rusher (trailing only Robert Lavette) with 3,699 yards.

Freshman quarterback Shawn Jones earlier received Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year award in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association.


Alumni Staff Decks Roosevelt's Halls

Santa Claus and Rudolph Santa Claus and Rudolph traveled by Ramblin' Wreck instead of sleigh to the Roosevelt House this past Dec. 15. The occasion was the annual holiday party conducted by Alumni Association staff for the residents of the city-operated highrise located on Techwood Drive. Food, gifts and prizes were donated by local merchants. Enjoying a round of bingo are Jessie Mae Vines, Santa, Joe Tate and, standing, Executive Director John B. (Rudolph) Carter Jr.


NSF Rankings Place Tech Among Top R&D Universities

Georgia Tech has maintained its high profile in key research and development rankings based on current data compiled by the National Science Foundation.

The NSF rankings place Tech second only to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in research and development expenditures from industry sources, and third behind Johns Hopkins University and MIT in total research and development expenditures in engineering.

The NSF rankings, the most authoritative compilation of research activity in the U.S., are based on fiscal year 1987, and contain the most current information. "These rankings are important in reality and they are important in perception," said Dr. Thomas E. Stelson, executive vice president. "They are referred to by all government agencies and all industry.

"These rankings are used by a lot of organizations to pinpoint appropriate development opportunities, so we benefit from them," Stelson added.

"In the sponsored research area, quality and quantity go hand in hand," Stelson explained. "People who don't have the quantity often say they focus on quality. But the fact of the matter is that all this money comes from nationwide competition through peer or organization review.

"It is head-to-head competition with the strongest research organizations in the country. When the quantity goes up, everyone knows it goes up because the quality is there."

Tech also improved in the NSF rankings for R&D expenditures in state and local government funds and institutional funds. In the Schools of Physics, Mathematics and Psychology Tech's ratings gained.

Stelson said Tech's most distinctive national ranking was in the category of industry funds. "Industry can do whatever it wants, independent of regulations," Stelson said. "And industry is at least as conscious of quality as government agencies.

"Industry wants to fund programs with Georgia Tech because we have good students."

Tech received $23.6 million in industry funds, second to MIT, which received $35 million.

In total R&D expenditures, Tech received $84 million to rank third behind Johns Hopkins, which received $173 million, and MIT, which received $110 million.