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About the Committee

1.73.2

The Committee on the Undergraduate Program shall consist of seven elected faculty members, the Associate Chair of the Faculty, four undergraduate student members, and ex officiis, the Chancellor (or designate), the Dean for Undergraduate Education, and one member designated by the Dean for Undergraduate Education. The Chair of the Faculty shall appoint the Chair of the Committee from the group consisting of the seven elected members and the Associate Chair of the Faculty.

Among the duties and responsibilities of the Committee shall be:

  1. Considering proposals that would change or modify undergraduate educational policies, and making suitable recommendations to the Faculty.
  2. Overseeing undergraduate education, including the freshman year, undergraduate advising, the General Institute Requirements, and other interdepartmental programs, giving attention to both short-term and long-term trends and directions.
  3. Encouraging experimental innovation in undergraduate education, including the approval and supervision of limited educational experiments and granting of exceptions to allow any experiment to depart from specific Faculty Regulations and MIT administrative procedures. Descriptions of experiments and reports on their progress and outcome shall be circulated to the Faculty. Experiments that show enduring value should be incorporated in the usual ways into the Faculty Regulations and administrative practices.
  4. Interacting with other Faculty Committees and with the Schools, departments, and programs on important issues in undergraduate education and communicating with the MIT community as a whole about such issues.
  5. Acting with power, through the permanent CUP Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement, to support, encourage, and monitor the development of new, innovative subjects and changes to the Communication Requirement and to ensure review of subjects to ascertain that the educational goals of the Communication Requirement are met consistent with MIT's high educational standards.
  6. Acting with power, through the permanent CUP Subcommittee on the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement, to support, encourage, and monitor the development of new, innovative subjects and changes to the HASS Requirement and to ensure review of subjects to ascertain that the educational goals of the HASS Requirement are met consistent with MIT's high educational standards.