MIT Faculty Newsletter  
contents Vol. XXIII No. 3
January / February 2011

This issue of the Faculty Newsletter focuses on MIT's "international relations." Both the editorial, "Clarifying MIT's International Agenda," and Provost Reif's "MIT's Approach to International Engagement" broach the subject of the Institute's role in the world community. We also review the recipients of this year's prestigious MacVicar Faculty Fellowships.

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Student Engagement at MIT: A Path Forward
Five present and past Undergraduate Association presidents question the efficacy of the relationship between the MIT administration and Institute undergraduates.
Education: America's Achilles Heel
Ernst Frankel explores the necessity for improving all levels of the American education system.
Faculty and Student Diversity at MIT: Facts and Figures
The numbers reveal the extent of progress in MIT's quest for greater faculty and student diversity.
Clarifying MIT's International Agenda
Editorial Subcommittee
Last September the Faculty Chair, Professor Tom Kochan, writing in the Faculty Newsletter (Vol. XXIII No. 1), noted that “One of the biggest strategic issues . . .
MIT's Approach to International Engagement
L. Rafael Reif
This article describes MIT’s approach to international engagement. It starts by explaining why MIT engages internationally, and then shows how – appropriately . . .
From the Faculty Chair
MIT's Sputnik Moment
Thomas A. Kochan
I am pleased that a good portion of this Newsletter is devoted to discussion of MIT’s growing international activities. As stated in this column in September, my hope . . .
Student Engagement at MIT: A Path Forward
Vrajesh Y. Modi, Michael A. Bennie, Noah S. Jessop,
Martin F. Holmes, Andrew T. Lukmann
In our capacity as current and former presidents of the MIT Undergraduate Association (UA), we are writing to bring attention to and express concern about the unresolved . . .
Education: America's Achilles Heel
Ernst G. Frankel
In recent days, a lot has been said about the need to improve American education, yet few specifics are ever mentioned. There is an urgent need to improve primary and . . .
Faculty and Student Diversity at MIT: Facts and Figures
L. Rafael Reif

This article summarizes the present facts and figures associated with diversity at MIT.

MIT Professional Education Short Programs:
Linking Academia and Industry
MIT Professional Education Short Programs is the gateway to the Institute for industry professionals from around the world who want to gain knowledge about advances . . .
Sanyal, Schuh, Verghese, and Winston Named
2011 MacVicar Faculty Fellows
Four professors have been named 2011 MacVicar Faculty Fellows as MIT celebrates the program’s twentieth year recognizing outstanding undergraduate teaching.
Teaching this spring? You should know . . .
. . . the faculty regulates examinations and assignments for all subjects.
M.I.T. Numbers
Campus International Sponsored Research