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November 05, 2021 Friday 11:52:28 AM IST

Reimagining the Future of MIT

A task force charged with rephrasing the future of MIT has released its final report which is 18 months after it began work during the period of pandemic. They have submitted a report which offers 17 recommendations to strengthen and streamline MIT, and make the Institute more successful across its teaching, research, and innovation endeavors. The recommendations touch upon the following ideas of various stakeholders:

• For undergraduates, the report calls for a systematic reconsideration of aspects of what MIT teaches, and how; added focus on social equity and civic responsibility in MIT’s curriculum and experiential learning; extended educational experiences off-campus; and professional academic advisors, in addition to faculty.

• For graduate students, there will be improvements in advising and mentoring, and opportunities for professional development and better preparation for their careers.

• For all staff, including postdocs, research scientists, and instructional staff, there shall be improved career prospects and job satisfaction through strengthened career development programs and pathways, with emphasis on upward mobility.

• For faculty, there will be removal of significant sources of frustration and pressure by dealing with the problems of research funding “underrecovery” and the high cost of supporting their graduate students.