An MIT Dean’s Proposal for 21st-Century Learning

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Professor Christine Ortiz, a respected Dean at MIT, recently announced that she is leaving her esteemed post—at least for a year—to found a new research university. Separating Ortiz’s institution from existing institutions is her plan to put project-based and virtual learning at the center of the institution on every level. If anyone is well positioned to establish a truly 21st century university, it’s Ortiz. She is highly accomplished, has spent over 17 years at one of the nation’s top-ranked universities, and has a strong reputation as an educational leader (notably, under Ortiz’s direction, since 2010, MIT’s minority graduate student population has increased by 30%), but can Dr. Ortiz now take virtual learning to the next step? In other words, can she bring a bit of ivy to the virtual world?

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