Analyze MIT education[mk1]To the Editor:
Recently one of the most important topics of discussion at MIT has been the issue of curricular reform. Since the meetings held at Woodstock, VT, this past summer, fundamental change in the outlook of the MIT education has become a very real possibility.
During this past term the Committee on the Undergraduate Program (CUP) has been familiarizing itself with some of the important issues facing MIT, and it is currently looking at the fundamental objectives and characteristics of an MIT undergraduate education. On Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27 and 28, the CUP will be holding intensive meetings to agree on its goals and set an agenda for the coming year. The three main points of discussion will be the nature and character of an MIT undergraduate education in broad terms, the relative priority of undergraduate education amongst other faculty commitments and undertkings, and the suitability and effectiveness of current learning styles and formats.
The goals agreed upon at these meetings will set the tone for the work done by the CUP during the coming term and very possibly for years to come. Therefore, now is the time when student input will have the maximum effect on the work done by the CUP.
As the undergraduate student representatives to the CUP, we are seeking student opinions so we can accurately present the undergraduate view to the committee. We will be holding an undergraduate forum in the Talbot Lounge of East Campus at 4 pm on Sunday, Jan. 19, 1986 to get student input. If you have concerns about any facet of the MIT undergraduate education, now is the perfect time to express them.
If, however, you are unable to attend the meeting, we would still appreciate your input. You may write to Jon Gruber at Baker House Room 331 by Monday, Jan. 20, 1986 to express your views.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of these intensive meetings to the work of the CUP. Dean for Undergraduate Education Margaret L. A. MacVicar '65 has requested student input on these issues, for if th CUP is unaware of student concerns, it may not be able to act in the students' best interests. We strongly urge you to express your opinions at this time.
Carl A. LaCombe '86->
Chairman, Student Committee->
on Undergraduate Policy->
Jonathan H. Gruber '87->
Committee on the Undergraduate Program->