The Contribution of the Faculty to the Commons

By Daniel Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education; Published in: MIT Faculty Newsletter, February 2007

As educators at MIT, we are fortunate to work with motivated students. They have shown by their decision to come to MIT that they are willing to work hard and are eager to learn. As faculty we have specific expertise that we want to impart to them. However, we also desire to give them the general education (knowledge, skills and attitudes) that will empower them when they leave. We wish to prepare them both for immediate contributions to society and 15 and 25 years out for continued growth and service. Part of the way we do this is through deep faculty engagement with the Commons here at MIT. To this we as faculty must commit some of our energy!

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