On May 12 and 13, we hosted the DUE Visiting Committee (VC) for their biennial visit. Visiting Committees are a well-established system of external feedback coordinated by the MIT Corporation. The 19-member DUE VC includes senior leadership from our peers (Stanford, Princeton, CalTech, Harvard, Columbia), members of the MIT Corporation, as well as MIT alumni nominated by the Corporation. Their visit is an opportunity for DUE to gain independent, outside, expert critique and comment on what we do. At the same time, in reporting their findings to the Corporation and MIT senior administration, the VC articulates and advocates for the priorities they feel are most critical to undergraduate education.
The two-day visit began with Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart talking to the 14 VC members in attendance about “The Opportunity for Educational Change.” With this context, I then shared an overview of DUE and what I see as our priorities:
Enhancing the educational experience of undergraduates:
- Strengthening the freshman year.
- Expanding experiential learning.
- Promoting global experiences.
- Supporting educational innovation.
Reducing barriers to help students succeed academically and personally:
- Improving advising and mentoring.
- Creating a supportive environment.
- Addressing student stress.
The Committee was interested in hearing more about new approaches to education...