DUE’s Strategic Themes

Elizabeth Reed, Senior Associate Dean, DUE

What are DUE’s strategic priorities? By now many of you are aware that DUE is in the process of implementing a strategic plan developed during the first half of 2006 with input from DUE staff, faculty and other MIT colleagues. In creating the plan, we considered concerns facing higher education as well as our own experiences with MIT students and faculty. Through this process, we developed a vision for the future and established six strategic themes to move us toward that vision.

Our themes (see our strategic plan) and their leaders: 

  • Develop a Holistic Student Experience - Julie Norman

  • Provide Global Educational Opportunities - Kim Vandiver

  • Champion and Increase Pipeline Diversity- Karl Reid

  • Champion Information Technology - Mary Callahan

  • Advance from Teaching to Learning in the Classroom - Lori Breslow

  • Catalyze the Undergraduate Educational Commons - Peggy Enders

The themes weave together different aspects of student life and learning, and represent our priorities for the kind of integrated education we believe is essential to prepare our students for personal, professional and civic life. They intend to improve advising, mentoring and leadership development, increase global educational opportunities, improve the quality of learning, champion and increase pipeline diversity, strengthen IT to more effectively serve students and faculty, and manage implementation of Task Force on the Educational Commons recommendations.

Just as technical innovation often comes from collaborating across traditional boundaries, many promising opportunities for educational innovation will come from working with people across offices and departments. The “theme leaders” listed above each lead a team related to one of the themes. The teams, comprised of staff and faculty from across the Institute, are developing and implementing action plans for their respective theme. I look forward to sharing some of the great ideas and initiatives coming from these efforts in future newsletters.

While we do not propose to focus on the themes to the exclusion or expense of all the other important work of DUE, explicitly or implicitly all of us contribute to the vision expressed in our strategic plan and themes. The spirit behind the plan and themes is one of optimism. The themes give us a shared language and set of priorities that connect to our hopes for our students. These are the things we will focus on today so we may be successful in the future.

I welcome your ideas, observations and questions. Please feel free to email me at sido@mit.edu.