An aerial photograph of Georgetown University including the clock tower of Healy Hall
Category: University News

Title: Board of Directors Approves Record Increase to Financial Aid at Winter Meeting

Date Published: February 16, 2021
Aerial shot of Georgetown Univertsity.

Investing in Campus Facilities

The board reviewed significant facilities upgrades made over the past few months to support student life and the full return to campus when public health conditions allow.

These include the interior renovation of a newly-acquired building at 500 1st St N.W., as part of the university’s Capitol Campus. On the Main Campus, several residence halls, apartments and townhouses received improvements ranging from new furniture, flooring and bathroom upgrades to modernized kitchens and electrical and HVAC work.

More than 150,000 pounds of furniture were donated to international relief efforts. Read about the Office of Sustainability’s efforts to reduce waste on campus.

Additionally, Cooper Field upgrades included spectator stands to accommodate 3,000 people and a new press box with elevator access. The historic stone cross from Healy Hall, which was replaced following the 2011 earthquake, has been placed overlooking the field. Locker rooms for the field hockey and football teams were unveiled.

Copley Crypt Chapel is complete after extensive restoration work, a ramp for accessibility was installed next to White-Gravenor, and a plaza opened adjacent to the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Kehoe Field, which sits on the rooftop of Yates Field House, has been upgraded with a new turf field and the installation of an exercise area.

New Academic Programs

New academic programs were approved by the board – a master of professional studies in strategic digital transformation at the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) and a bachelor of arts degree in computer science, ethics, and science at Georgetown College.

SCS Dean Kelly Otter says the school is proud to be launching the master’s program.

“The profound disruptions triggered by the pandemic have not only accelerated the digital transformations of many businesses, but have made them mandatory,” she says.

“With its unique emphasis on ethics, diversity and inclusion, and the legal and regulatory landscape,” Otter says, “this program will empower professionals with the in-demand tools and expertise needed for digital strategy development, transformation, and decision-making to lead innovative, agile businesses in the 21st century.”

Mark Maloof, professor of computer science and undergraduate program director, recently spoke with President John J. DeGioia about the new computer science major. Watch the Georgetown Now video.

‘Global in Scope’

The board approved a name change for the university’s bachelor of arts in comparative literature major in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL) at Georgetown College. The major will now be known as global and comparative literature.

“In all senses, our program has been global in scope since its inception,” says Susanna Lee, professor of French and the program’s director. “Furthermore, Georgetown’s program is unique in the linguistic demands it places on students, in keeping with our rich offerings and reputation in foreign languages.”

All courses, she says, include Western and non-Western literature and criticism, and new semester-based themes involve “Global Noir,” “Immigration, Exiles, and Refugees,” and “Literature, Authority, and the State.”