MIT Reports to the President 1995-96
Some of the revisions include:
These changes are incorporated in the new version of Policies and Procedures to be published in Fall 1996.
The recommendations of the committee were discussed at the Faculty Policy Committee and at the Faculty Committee on Administration. Academic Council approved an independent procedure. Under the procedure a committee composed of Officers of the Faculty (and headed by the Chair of the Faculty) will review grievances and determine whether an independent procedure is required and if necessary, put a procedure in place to investigate selected cases. The committee carries out its work in consultation with the Associate Provost.
In the coming months, general guidelines will be available for how investigations are to be carried out. The guidelines will be provided to investigators on a just-in-time basis. A description of the investigation procedure will be published in Policies and Procedures.
Members of the Council include Professors Alice Amsden, Suzanne Berger (Co-chair), Joel Clark, Daniel Hastings, Don Lessard, Greg McRae, Fred Moavenzadeh (Co-chair), Mario Molina, Ken Oye, Peter Perdue, Richard Samuels, Judith Tendler, Lester Thurow, Bob Weinberg, and Mr. Karl Koster.
During the Spring term the Council held three meetings. These meetings were for the purpose of generating an agenda and beginning to explore various topics. These topics include the nature of past international initiatives and the lessons learned from those experiences and the relationship between international initiatives and resource development activities. In addition, the Council held discussions on several pending initiatives, including proposed activities in Thailand.
There were other international highlights of the year. Among these were more than a dozen visits from international delegations, a highly successful meeting of international alumni attending the Habitat II in Istanbul, participation in the first ILP meeting of European member companies, and participation in the Catalunya project Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The Associate Provost also held meetings with faculty members to explore issues associated with developing international components for educational programs for graduates and undergraduates.
The ISO served a total of 1,296 international scholars who were affiliated with MIT during the period 7/1/95 to 6/30/96. These scholars represented 75 different countries and 75 departments, laboratories, and centers. During some or all of that period there were 907 scholars sponsored under MIT's J-1 exchange visitor program, and 144 scholars sponsored by MIT on the H-1B visa. Sixteen petitions for permanent residence were submitted on behalf of MIT faculty members and upper-level researchers.
Immigration-related matters have been in the political and media spotlights, with major House and Senate bills at various stages of the legislative process throughout the year. A major focus for the ISO has been advocacy to prevent draconian changes in the non-immigrant and immigrant visa regulations which are important to the MIT community. The ISO director joined the American Association of Universities Immigration Advisory Group, which has played a key role in representing the interests of international educational exchange. Jack Crowley, director of MIT's Washington office, has once again provided invaluable support. The result of this advocacy is that the most damaging legislative changes have so far been averted.
The ISO remains active in the professional organization NAFSA: Association of International Educators, with some staff members participating in monthly meetings, presenting at regional conferences, attending the national conference, and serving on working groups pertaining to J-1 and H-1B visa issues. These gatherings provide MIT and other institutions with opportunities to clarify regulations and discuss policies of mutual concern, and often enable ISO staff members to address MIT's questions and concerns directly with officials from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the United States Information Agency (USIA), the State Department, and the Department of Labor (DOL). This year has also been an important one for regulatory change. The USIA published substantial and problematic changes to the J-1 regulations in both April and June, and the DOL published a welcome proposed rule in April, finally recognizing the importance of distinguishing academic and industry salaries when determining prevailing wage for the H-1B and permanent resident visas. MIT has been proactive in each case, and has also actively responded with comment letters and follow-up. Among other significant staff activities were the following:
Phillip L. Clay
MIT Reports to the President 1995-96