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Reports

This page includes: (1) reports generated by the Faculty Policy Committee and any subcommittees it charges; (2) reports by groups charged by the Chair of the Faculty (perhaps in collaboration with others); (3) some key reports from Standing Committees of the Faculty – these reports and related links are also found on the web pages of these committees; and (4) reports from Institute-wide initiatives or task forces on topics that are of direct relevance to faculty members – such as community, diversity, education, student life, and more. Please contact us if there is an additional report that you would like to see included here.

May 2019
Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement
Marah Gubar

Over the past two years, the Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement (SHR) conducted the first full review of how the Concentration Component of the HASS Requirement is functioning.

January 2017
Working Group on Computational Thinking
Eric Grimson

A five-School group of faculty convened by the Chair of the Faculty and the Dean for Undergraduate Education conducted an in-depth study of the meaning of the phrases “algorithmic reasoning” and “computational thinking” in the context of the education of MIT’s undergraduates across the Institute, including whether MIT should expect algorithmic and computational thinking of all of its graduates.

December 2016
Committee on Medical Leave and Hospitalization Policies and Procedures
Laura Schulz, Rebecca Saxe

Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart and Medical Director Cecilia Stuopis charged the committee to review MIT's policies on hospitalization and medical leave for both undergraduate as well as graduate students.

October 2016
FPC Subcommittee on Sub-term Subjects
John Fernández

This subcommittee examined the emergence of undergraduate and graduate sub-term subjects across the Institute through an understanding of: (1) the overall trends and current situation, (2) the motivating aspirations and goals, and (3) the pedagogical value and the effects on student learning and life of such offerings.

March 2016
Committee on Academic Performance
Charles Stewart

Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart charged the Committee on Academic Performance and the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education with reviewing MIT's withdrawal and readmission processes.

July 2014
Task Force on the Future of MIT Education
Israel Ruiz, Sanjay Sarma, Karen Willcox

In this final report, the Task Force offers a series of recommendations for how MIT can continue to transform education for future generations of learners.

May 2014
MITx Subcommittee of the FPC
Susan Silbey

The MITx Subcommittee of the FPC considered how to (a) provide faculty governance and oversight, (b) assign credit for online courses while assuring academic integrity, and (c) preserve the quality of the MIT educational program. Recommendations for managing intersections between MITx and other online coursework and the residential program are summarized and elaborated on in the report.

December 2009
Institute-wide Planning Task Force
Eric Grimson, Daniel Hastings

This is the final report of MIT's Institute-wide Planning Task Force, which was charged with identifying opportunities for efficiency and cost reduction that do not sacrifice MIT's core mission. It represents a concerted, inclusive, sustained effort to strengthen MIT by improving operations; preserve MIT's financial stability; and enhance its global leadership in research and education.

October 2006
Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons
Robert Silbey

MIT President Charles M. Vest charged the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons to address the goals, content, and structure of MIT’s undergraduate education.

October 2005
Special Committee to Review the Discipline Process
Lorna Gibson

This committee was charged by Chancellor Phillip Clay and Chair of the Faculty Rafael Bras to: assess the Committee on Discipline and the Office of the Dean for Student Life procedures and processes and identify places where changes are needed to make them consistent, transparent, and fair; set standards and outline procedures for specific types of cases; recommend legislative changes to implement their recommendations

March 2005
Committees on the Undergraduate Program and Student Life
Hazel Sive, Mark Schuster

The Institute Faculty at its meeting of May 15, 2002 requested that CUP and CSL undertake a joint effort to consider advising and mentoring at MIT and to make recommendations to the faculty.

March 2001
Committee on the Undergraduate Program
Robert Jaffe

In the Fall of 1999, the Committee on the Undergraduate Program formed a subcommittee to review MIT’s policies and practices concerning freshman Pass/No Record grading and advanced placement credit. This is the final report that the CUP submitted to the MIT Faculty.

February 2001
CUP Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement
Steven Hall

This report, from the CUP Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR) and its affiliated Implementation Working Group, describes the progress made in carrying out the charge of the CUP “to oversee and establish policy for the Communication Requirement” and to develop “an implementation plan that outlines the administrative processes for the Communication Requirement.”

September 2000
Committee on the Undergraduate Program
Charles Stewart

In the Fall of 1999 the Committee on the Undergraduate Program formed a subcommittee and charged it with reviewing MIT’s policies concerning freshman Pass/No Record grading and advanced placement examinations.

February 2000
CUP Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement
Gene Brown, Langley Keyes

At its meeting on April 17, 1997, the Faculty directed the Committee on the Undergraduate Program to conduct a series of experiments and pilot programs to help in the design of a new Communication Requirement. These experiments should be evaluated by a subcommittee of the CUP.

December 1999
Committee Not Specified
Lawrence Bacow

MIT's residential system should try to support three separate objectives: provide students with adequate, clean, comfortable housing and dining; create a comfortable, welcoming environment – in other words, a home; and promote community by stimulating interaction among students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni/ae.

October 1999
Residence System Steering Committee
William Hecht

The Residence System Steering Committee was appointed by the Chancellor to consider the MIT Residence System in total, and to describe a residence system for MIT that maximizes the opportunity to contribute to the integrated educational experience of its residents.

August 1999
Educational Design Project Subcommittee of the CUP
Kip Hodges, Stephen Benton

The Faculty (through the Committee on the Undergraduate Program) and the administration (through the Office of the Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education) have established a committee of faculty to review the current educational commons, particularly the freshman educational program, and make recommendations about how it might be redesigned to be more effective.

September 1998
Presidential Task Force on Student Life and Learning
John Hansman, Robert Silbey

MIT President Charles M. Vest appointed the Presidential Task Force on Student Life and Learning to undertake a comprehensive review of the Institute's educational mission and its implementation.

December 1994
Ad Hoc Working Group to Review Past Reports on Undergraduate Life and Learning
Lawrence Bacow

The Ad Hoc Working Group was asked by the President and the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs to review a number of past reports of committees charged with evaluating different aspects of undergraduate life at MIT.

May 1991
Faculty Study Group on the International Relations of MIT
Eugene Skolnikoff

Provost John Deutch established a Faculty Study Group to advise the Institute Administration and Faculty on the general principles that should guide MITs international activities and relationships, and to suggest any revisions in policies and activities that should be considered.

May 1964
Committee on Curriculum Content Planning
Jerrold Zacharias

The Committee on Curriculum Content Planning was formed upon recommendation of the Committee on Educational Policy to make an intensive study of undergraduate education at MIT.

December 1949
Committee on Educational Survey
Warren Lewis

In January 1947, the Faculty appointed the Committee on Educational Survey to review the state of education at the Institute.