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An endowed fund created by the Class of 1951 has been made available for faculty projects aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and education.
The Class of `51 Fund for Excellence in Education was created by the class at its 40th reunion to make possible such things as developing new curricula, training programs to enhance teaching skills, innovative teaching techniques and teaching evaluation methods.
Arthur C. Smith, dean for undergraduate education and student affairs, recently sent letters to faculty members to solicit proposals for use of the money available for 1993-94, which will amount to approximately $50,000. The projects are intended to emphasize innovation as opposed to continuing or bolstering existing programs, although a project could receive funding for more than one year, he wrote.
The proposals must include a summary of the intended project, including its major objectives, student groups involved, estimated cost and completion date, staffing requirements, expected impact on undergraduate education and criteria for measuring success. Those who receive funding must submit an evaluation and progress report at the end of the year.
Proposals, which are due in Dean Smith's office (Rm 7-133) by November 1, will be reviewed by a committee that he will chair and which will consist of the deans of the five schools and a representative from the class of `51. Selections will be announced by November 22.
A version of this article appeared in the September 29, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 38, Number 8).