DUE Visiting Committee Scheduled for March 16-17

[adapted from 2008 article by Dean Daniel Hastings]

MIT has a well established system of external feedback for its various units. This is through the existence of external "Visiting Committees". These committees are composed of individuals who care about MIT. These include members of the MIT Corporation, alumni of MIT and other external national experts. These committees, usually about 15 people strong, gather every eighteen months to two years to examine a unit. Visiting Committees play three major roles:

  • They provide an external perspective on the needs and issues of the unit for the senior administration (they report to the President and Corporation).
  • They can, on occasion, articulate the needs of the unit.
  • They can provide external insights to force internal change in a unit.

The DUE Visiting Committee is scheduled to visit us on March 16-17. They will expect to hear what we have accomplished since 2008, in terms of their last set of recommendations. The following two article provide an overview of the 2008 Committee findings and DUE's Response:

DUE Visiting Committee Findings [April 1, 2008 DUE Newsletter]
Response to DUE Visiting Committee Recommendations [October 1, 2008 DUE Newsletter]

In addition to reviewing accomplishments, they will also expect us to discuss the current issues we are facing and to put these issues into a national context. The DUE leadership team will cover three topics in discussion sessions with the committee:

  • Technology-Enabled Change
  • Empowering Student Learning
  • What DUE Can Catalyze and Implications for DUE for the Future

The insights of these national experts are very valuable to DUE and we are looking forward to their visit.

2010 DUE Visiting Committee Members (as of January 22, 2010):

  • Professor Edie N. Goldenberg ’67 PO, [Committee Chair] Professor of Political Science and Public Policy University of Michigan
  • Raja H.R. Bobbili '08 EE, '08 EC Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
  • Denis A. Bovin '69 MG Co-Chairman, Stone Key Partners, LLC
  • Professor John C. Bravman** Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Stanford University
  • Dr. Norman L. Fortenberry ’83 ME, ME ’84, ME ‘91* Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • Professor Prabhat Hajela** Vice-Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Professor Melany L. Hunt** Vice Provost, California Institute of Technology
  • John W. Jarve ’78 EE, EE ‘78 Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
  • Stephen P. Kaufman* ’63 EC Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
  • Cleve L. Killingsworth '75 Chairman and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Maria M. Klawe** President, Harvey Mudd University
  • Nancy Weiss Malkiel** Dean of the College Princeton University
  • David Pun Chan '74 LI* Chairman, Tai Cheung Properties Limited
  • Carmen M. Ribera-Thain* '78 AR
  • Peter Salovey** Provost, Yale University
  • Eric J. Sheppard* ‘AA 85, AA’94 Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Hampton University
  • Martin Y. Tang GM ‘72 Independent Non-executive Director, Li & Fung Limited
  • Matthew J. Turner* ’96 ME, ’99 PO General Manager, America's Renewable Projects, GE Energy
  • Diana C. Walsh President emerita, Wellesley College
  • Mrs. Barrie R. Zesiger Managing Director, Zesiger Capital Group LLC

Names without asterisks indicate nominees from the Corporation
* Nominees from the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT
** Nominees from the President