MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXXI No. 4
March / April 2019
The Proposed New Review Process
for Outside Funders and MIT's
Governance Problem
A 21st Century Education at MIT
March 4, 1969 Scientists Strike for Peace:
50 Years Later
An Open Letter to the MIT Corporation
FNL Elects Four New and One
Returning Editorial Board Members
Open Access Task Force
Draft Recommendations
The Octopus
Progress Towards an Improved
Undergraduate First-Year Experience
Update on the Academic Climate Survey
Undergraduate Admissions:
A Recommendation
Public Forums at the
Center for International Studies
International Collaborations and
Donations to the Endowment
Faculty Responses to the
2019 Academic Climate Survey
Printable Version


International Collaborations and
Donations to the Endowment

To The Faculty Newsletter:

The Institute is now engaged in an important discussion on the topic of large international collaborations. Unfortunately, one aspect of those collaborations has, until now, received no attention. That element of these collaborations is the matter of large donations to the endowment by the sponsoring entity.

In at least some cases, MIT’s participation in these collaborations has been conditioned upon receipt of such a donation. I understand that the rationale is simply that the usual cost accounting procedures do not adequately represent the true cost of MIT’s participation and that a donation is therefore required to make it possible. I believe that this position has a great deal of merit. However, I also believe that the existence of all such arrangements should be publicly acknowledged and described in some detail so that we can move forward in full possession of all the facts.

Ken Smith, Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemical Engineering

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