Accomplishments: Goal 4
GOAL 4: Be a leader in understanding the complex challenges of cities and developing effective solutions.
INITIATIVE 1: Form the Georgia State University Council for the Progress of Cities.
The Council for the Progress of Cities was established in 2011 with representatives from every college and school to coordinate researchers across campus who focus on urban-relevant and focused research, and to identify urban research strengths from among the more than 80 faculty who self-identify as being interested in urban problems and scholarship. The Council has identified three primary areas of urban research strengths:
- Urban well-being and health disparities
- Poverty and inequality in cities and urban areas
- Resilient cities and urban areas.
A pilot internal research grant program provided seed funds to advance urban research.
The Council has developed five primary objectives:
1. Increase the quantity and quality of academic scholarship based on urban topics within disciplines and through interdisciplinary collaborations
2. Increase links with governmental and community organizations that are addressing issues of urbanization and metropolitan growth
3. Increase the effect Georgia State has on the development, implementation and evaluation of urban and metropolitan policies and programs
4. Develop a consortium with other university-based academic entities in global cities like Atlanta to stimulate a broader intellectual approach to scholarship on issues of urbanization and growth and
5. Develop a university-wide Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum and concentrations or interdisciplinary graduate programs focused on urban and metropolitan issues.
INITIATIVE 2: Highlight the arts and media.
The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) was established in 2014 to expand the quality and quantity of workforce training, expand research capacity, increase entrepreneurship opportunities and develop curriculum in the creative media industries. A Woodruff Foundation grant for $22.8 million supports the Institute’s new facility, which will open in fall 2016. CMII programs focus in the areas of communication/media, entrepreneurship, game and production specializations, interactive media, data visualization, media analytics, arts management and new media studies.
In June 2015, Georgia State entered into a partnership with Georgia Public Television to introduce GSU-TV, a digital subchannel with student-produced original series and a growing library of repurposed content. GSU-TV offers students the opportunity to participate in a practicum where they are responsible for developing and producing broadcast programming for the channel.