2007 Alumni Class Funds Award Innovative Ideas

by Matthew Davies, Administrative Assistant, Office of Faculty Support

The Office of Faculty Support (OFS) hosted the annual meeting of the Alumni Class Funds selection committee on March 22. This year’s committee was chaired by Diana Henderson, Dean for Faculty and Curriculum Support. Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings also served on the committee, along with representatives from the Classes of 1951, 1955, and 1972 and the schools of Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, and Sloan.

The committee awarded $131,100 for eight projects from seven departments throughout the Institute. They include efforts to provide a realistic framework for students to confront Third World urban growth challenges, encourage cross-cultural exchange through literary study, and produce podcasts on time management and organization skills.

The Funds’ focus is to support innovative work that will both enhance undergraduate teaching and improve students’ learning experiences. The Alumni Class Funds were established in 1994 and are made possible through generous contributions from members of the Classes of 1951, 1955, 1972 and 1999.

Over the past 12 years, the Funds have supported over 120 projects that have had a significant impact on curricular and pedagogical changes at the Institute. More information can be found at http://web.mit.edu/alumnifunds.