About the Funds
Through the generous support of alumni from the Classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999, MIT faculty have resources available to initiate innovative educational projects, particularly for undergraduate education. This funding is intended as seed money for new, "high risk" initiatives that encourage creative curriculum and teaching changes, improve the quality of teaching, and enrich the learning experience, including the imaginative use of technology and applications.
Typical projects have included the development of new curricula and/or instructional aids, programs to enhance teaching skills and techniques, and the incorporation of latest teaching and learning methods in such important areas as the first year, General Institute Requirements, departmental programs, experiential learning, and faculty enhancement, support, and development. Since 1994, more than 170 educational projects have received support from these alumni funds, with many of these projects bringing significant long-term educational innovation to MIT.
The Class of 1951 Fund for Excellence in Education
The Fund for Excellence in Education was created by the Class of 1951 at their 40th reunion to support projects at MIT that encourage creative curriculum and teaching changes. The members of the Class of 1951 and the Grayce B. Kerr Fund provide support for this fund.
The Class of 1955 Fund for Excellence in Teaching
Inspired by the Class of 1951, the Class of 1955 created The Fund for Excellence in Teaching in 1995 at their 40th reunion.
The Class of 1972 Fund for Educational Innovation
In 1997, a third fund was established by the Class of 1972. The Fund for Educational Innovation was designed to help finance initiatives to improve the quality of teaching at MIT and enrich the educational experience.
The Class of 1999 Fund for Excellence in Student Learning
Most recently, in 2003 the Class of 1999 established their Fund for Excellence in Student Learning to "improve students' learning experiences through innovative technology and applications."