MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXIV No. 4
March / April 2012

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter features commentary on the selection of the next President of MIT. Starting with our Editorial and continuing with pieces by Faculty Chair Sam Allen and others, many articles combine the dominant theme of the commentary with the ongoing presidential selection process.

MIT 2030: A Capital Planning Framework
for the Future

The MIT administration responds to faculty concerns about the planning and progress of MIT 2030.
MIT's Ongoing Commitment to OpenCourseWare
With the recent announcement of MIT's next online teaching initiative, MITx, where does that leave the decade-old OpenCourseWare?
MIT: Rebuilding Community
Former Institute Planning Director Bob Simha offers a unique idea for expanding graduate student housing while confronting the continuing issue of the dearth of real community at MIT.
The Next President of MIT
Editorial Subcommittee
The unexpected announcement in mid-February of Susan Hockfield’s decision to step down as MIT President is both a loss and an opportunity. Since she joined . . .
From the Faculty Chair
The Search for MIT's Seventeenth President
Samuel M. Allen
Like most of the MIT community, I learned by e-mail at about 9:00 am on February 16 that President Hockfield would step down. Two days earlier, I’d had a call from the . . .
MIT 2030: A Capital Planning Framework for the Future
Israel Ruiz and Martin Schmidt
The November/December 2011 issue of the Faculty Newsletter (FNL) featured a number of articles about MIT 2030. We appreciate having this opportunity to reflect . . .
MIT's Ongoing Commitment to OpenCourseWare
Hal Abelson, Shigeru Miyagawa, Dick Yue
When we first proposed MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) 11 years ago, we did so in part because we felt the time was not right for MIT to enter into the online education space.
New Open Access Working Group Formed:
Formulating Response to Elsevier's Policy Change
Richard Holton
In 2009 the MIT faculty passed the groundbreaking Open Access Policy making faculty papers freely available on the Web. It was decided at the time the . . .
MIT: Rebuilding Community
O. R. Simha
As the Institute considers a change in its leadership, it would seem like a good time to consider the issues and opportunities that will confront the next generation of . . .
Over-Schooled and Under-Skilled
Ernst G. Frankel
The result of America’s college addiction, driven largely by government and politicians’ encouragement and fostered by the development of a huge for-profit . . .
Faculty Committee Activity: Spring 2012 Update
Aaron Weinberger
At the beginning of each semester, the chairs and staff of the Standing Committees of the Faculty meet to discuss key issues on their committees’ agendas. In particular . . .
Travis Merritt and the Founding of Charm School
Eve Odiorne Sullivan
MIT’s own Charm School was featured on “CBS Sunday Morning” on March 4 and the spotlight covered the usual sessions on table manners, first impressions and . . . Training Scores Big at MIT:
Gets Personal with lyndaCampus
Robyn Fizz
A little over a year ago, Information Services and Technology (IS&T) launched an initiative to make’s popular catalog of online training courses freely . . .
MAP Program: Calling All Faculty
JoAnne Yates
As faculty members at MIT, most of us have had mentors at some point in our careers. Those individuals have surely been invaluable in our own development.
Workshop: Leadership Skills for Engineering and Science Faculty
MIT Professional Education will be holding a workshop entitled “Leadership Skills for Engineering and Science Faculty on June 18-19, 2012.
On the Creation of MITx
Steven R. Tannenbaum
Here we are with another major directive from the top down. Apart from whether or not this is a good idea, what has happened to the idea of open debate in a faculty . . .
M.I.T. Numbers
Past Presidents of MIT