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MacVicar applauds debate on educatuional reform

The issues and values undergirding MIT's deliberations on its undergraduate educational program are significant and fundamental. They arouse passion and frequently give off as much heat as light at certain moments. In the course of these deliberations, now four years old, perspective and courtesy sometimes can be unwelcome casualties.

I write in the afterglow of five months of intense Institute-wide debate about the General Institute Requirements in Science and about the first year academic experience to applaud both the balance and steadiness of The Tech's reporting on these proceedings and the civility and quality of student expressions of their personal positions.

Throughout the first four years of an expected decade of educational program consideration, The Tech has attempted the difficult challenge of being a respected news source for a community of widely diverse views, and the student body has worked in good faith to influence outcomes. This kind of faculty-student partnership is crucially important to what excellence we can aspire to achieve. I hereby award everyone a (New) Pass!

Margaret L. A. MacVicar '65->

Chair, Committee on the->

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