MIT's EDUCATIONAL MISSION
In 1998 the Task Force on Student Life and Learning , as part of two years of intensive study, consultation and reflection, developed a formal statement of MIT's educational mission:
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is devoted to the advancement of knowledge and education of students in areas that contribute to or prosper in an environment of science and technology. Its mission is to contribute to society through excellence in education, research, and public service, drawing on core strengths in science, engineering, architecture, humanities and social sciences, and management. This mission is accomplished by an educational program combining rigorous academic study and the excitement of research with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.