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Fall 2013 Survey of
MIT Faculty & Instructors
On February 6, 2013 President Reif announced the launch of an Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education. In his letter to the community, President Reif described higher education as being at a crossroads, and asked for the community's help to “invent the residential research university of the future.”
Since the perspective of faculty and instructors is so central to this process, the Task Force must have a better understanding of your resource needs, primarily time and space, in this shifting educational landscape. We also hope to gain a deeper appreciation for how you interact with your students and what impact, if any, new digital tools might have on those interactions. Your perspective will be essential as we begin to consider resource needs and allocation in the context of the infrastructure of the future.
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes. The survey is voluntary, and you may answer as few or as many questions as you wish. Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to participate in this important discussion.
1. Were you previously aware of the Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education?
Yes, and I am a member of one of the Working Groups.
2. The MIT Community has shared a number of values and principles of an MIT education with the Task Force, with themes including:
Commitment to excellence
Commitment to technical depth
Constant and widespread faculty/student interaction
Learning by doing: hands-on experience
Extensive curricular offerings
Leadership training, fostering teamwork, and developing communication skills
Respect for truth above all other authority
Education in the service of pushing the boundaries of knowledge
Recognizing this list is not exhaustive, from your perspective, which values and principles of an MIT education do you feel are
most important to maintain or develop
? Please list up to three.
3. If you could change up to three things about the way MIT educates its students, what would you change? Please list up to three.
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What You've Taught
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Where You Work
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