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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 11:05am

Ga. Tech Rethinks Savannah Campus

Officials from the Georgia Institute of Technology plan to visit the school's Savannah campus this week.

Their goal is to reassure students and faculty that the science and technology institute is still committed to Georgia's coast.

However, the school is considering dropping some programs.

The institute started offering undergraduate degree programs here about 12 years ago.

Savannah leaders then hailed the decision as key to Georgia's high-tech future.

But Tech loses about $6 million a year in Savannah.

School spokesman Matthew Nagel says, a task force will recommend what to do with its coastal programs by June.

"Consideration is being given to phasing out undergraduate education degree programs in Savannah, possibly replacing these efforts with undergraduate experiences, including co-ops, internships and other experiential learning opportunities," Nagel says. "Georgia Tech Provost Raphael Bras has recently shared communications with students, faculty and staff reassuring them that the institute is still very committed to Savannah and the coastal Georgia area but informing them that the mission of the campus is under review."

Institute leaders and state Regents would have to appove any change.

None would come by fall.

Georgia Tech has about 300 students in Savannah.