Task Force on the Future of MIT Education Releases Final Report

by Jay London on August 5, 2014

in Alumni Life, Campus Culture, In the News

MIT_seal_red-300x294MIT President L. Rafael Reif has released the final report of the Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education, an 18-month process that seeks to envision the future of MIT and higher education.

The Task Force’s 213-page report builds off concepts from the November 2013 preliminary report and includes recommendations on increasing the flexibility of the curriculum, developing new physical spaces that support learning, and creating new opportunities for service.

In an August 4, 2014, letter to the MIT community, President Reif discusses a crossroads of higher education where the rising cost of education, combined with new opportunities like MOOCs and other online technologies, presents an unavoidable challenge that all colleges will face in the near future.

“At MIT, we are choosing to meet this challenge directly by assessing the educational model that has served the Institute so well for so long,” Reif writes. “We are experimenting boldly with ideas to enhance the education we offer our own students and to lower the barriers to access for learners around the world.”

MIT News summarized the final report and mentioned several key areas:

  • The Task Force organized 16 recommendations around four themes: laying a foundation for the future, transforming pedagogy, extending MIT’s educational impact, and enabling the future of MIT education.
  • Regarding pedagogical innovation, the Task Force recommends that MIT include creating an Undergraduate Service Opportunities Program and explore online and blending learning models to improve access to the graduate curriculum.
  • To support the future of MIT education, the Task Force recommends that MIT examine further revenue opportunities in technology licensing and venture funding, expand fundraising activities to embrace a broader MIT community, and bolster infrastructure for executive and professional education.

The final report was compiled by a 52-member team divided into three working groups–MIT education and facilities, global opportunities around edX, and new financial models for higher education.

According to MIT News, a faculty forum and a student forum are being planned for discussion of the Task Force’s recommendations, and MIT community members can provide input by contacting mitedu-cochairs@mit.edu.

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Chad Raymond August 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

The links for the “final report” take one to the preliminary report.

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Nicole Morell August 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Sorry about that. It’s now updated. Thanks for letting us know.

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Chad Raymond August 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I’m still getting the preliminary report when clicking on the links above.

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Jay London August 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Hi Chad, Can you refresh your browser and check now? It should be working. Sorry about the confusion!

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Chad Raymond August 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Yes — final version is now appearing. Thanks.

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