Goals for the Individual Experience

Goals for the Individual Experience


As the university experience continues to change and evolve, Carnegie Mellon is more committed than ever to providing a world-class education for students in a productive, nurturing environment where all members of our community can thrive.

The university’s primary educational goal remains the cultivation of deep expertise within each student’s chosen field. To excel in the 21st century, students must also have the ability to recognize, frame, and address complex problems; the capacity to combine reflection with appropriate action; the ability to communicate effectively; the skill to work productively with diverse collaborators; the motivation to work within and contribute to professional and social networks; an understanding of the importance of physical and emotional wellness, including a balance between professional and personal activities; and the drive to learn continuously throughout their lives and careers as actively engaged alumni.

Technology-enhanced learning—based on CMU’s world-leading research into learning science—has the potential to enrich learning for all students and to make university education more personalized, more interconnected, and more efficient. Technology-enhanced learning's potential is opening up discussions across CMU about how to design a university experience that better leverages the expertise of our world-class faculty to interact with students in smaller groups on more complicated, real-world projects and in more interdisciplinary settings.

The education and research roles of faculty members are also changing. The faculty is adapting to new approaches to instruction and advising that engage students more intentionally in active learning, including hands-on making. At the same time, faculty members are taking on urgent research challenges in an era when funding for research is constrained and competition for global talent has never been more intense. Carnegie Mellon has the opportunity to develop innovative ways to support individual faculty members, especially junior faculty, in their teaching and research roles.

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