MIT's governing body, the Corporation, appoints visiting committees for each academic department and certain other major operations such as the Libraries and the Athletics Department.
The visiting committees were established in 1875 to guide the course of education and research at MIT. They are composed of members of the Corporation, alumni/ae and other professionals with expertise in the various areas. (The membership of visiting committees is listed in the administrative organization section of the Faculty and Staff Directory.)
Biennial meetings of the visiting committees on the campus give faculty and students an opportunity to talk with Corporation and other committee members and make suggestions for improvements in departmental operations or policies.
Following is a list of visiting committee meetings scheduled for 1994-95:
September 20-21, Aeronautics and Astronautics;
October 18-19, Economics;
November 2-3, Chemistry;
November 15-16, Biology;
November 30-December 1, Music and Theater Arts.
February 14-15, 1995, Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs;
March 1-2, Ocean Engineering;
March 6-7, Humanities;
March 13-14, Chemical Engineering;
April 3-4, Libraries;
April 10-11, Political Science;
May 3-4, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
May 8-9, Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Members of the community who would like information about an upcoming visiting committee meeting should contact the headquarters of the department that is being visited.
A version of this article appeared in the September 14, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 39, Number 4).