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“Being a math, engineering or computer scientist in 2014 is not the same as being one in 1994,” said President Maria Klawe, in a recent address to the campus community. “If we want to con- tinue to make sure our students are the best prepared after they graduate, whether going on to Ph.D. programs or work life, we have to be willing to constantly challenge what we’re doing and evaluate its success.” President Klawe was referring to HMC’s preparation for

its three-part accreditation process, completed in March. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), through its Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universi- ties, provides accreditation for HMC. To become or remain accredited, institutions must meet WASC Standards and satisfy WASC Criteria for Review. Accreditation confers a variety of benefits, especially the right to administer federal financial aid. In October 2009, HMC underwent its Capacity and Prepa-

ratory Review, which focuses on organizational capacity (e.g., purposes, integrity, stability, resources, structures, processes and policies). This past March, the College welcomed to campus a team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions to conduct the Educational Effectiveness Review, which focuses on student and institutional learning, including educational objectives and indicators of effectiveness. Visiting team member Dennis Berkey, president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was impressed with HMC’s open, engaging, transparent and colle- gial manner. “It’s wonderful to see how well you work with each other across disciplinary boundaries and across age differentials, all committed to a high-quality education and development of your students,” he said. The team’s March report stated, “…there was no doubt about the seriousness and care that characterizes the institution’s engagement with learning across its programs. HMC provides abundant evidence that it has used the review process to deepen its engagement with a range of important matters.” The WASC committee’s final report was delivered in late June.

“It’s wonderful to see how well you work with each other across disciplinary boundaries.” WASC reviewer

Broadcom Seeks Klawe’s Expertise for Board

Tapped for her management experience and scientific back- ground, President Maria Klawe was elected to the board of directors of Broadcom Corporation, an Irvine, Calif.-based tech- nology company. “Dr. Klawe is an important addition to our Board given the

critical importance to our business of scientific and engineer- ing innovation,” said Scott McGregor, Broadcom’s president and chief executive officer. “Her understanding of scientific research and the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent pipeline, as well as her experience in the man- agement and operations of large organizations will be invalu- able to our Board.” Klawe will be the first college administrator and one of the

first educators to serve on the Broadcom Board, along with Broadcom’s co-founder, professor at UCLA’s School of Engi- neering Henry Samueli, who was also elected to the Board. Klawe now serves on the boards of two public corporations that are leaders in different areas of technology, Broadcom and Microsoft Corporation, which she joined in March 2009. “As president of a college whose mission is to prepare

students to work on the cutting edge of science, technology, engineering and math, and to understand the impact of their work on society, I’m excited to join the board of Broadcom,” Klawe said. “Broadcom is a company dedicated to innovation in technology, including technology that many of us use to com- municate daily, and was founded with the kind of entrepreneur- ial spirit we encourage at Harvey Mudd College.” Klawe is one of the 10 members of the board of Microsoft

Corporation, a board member of the nonprofit Math for America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and a mem- ber of the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association. She is a past president of the Association of Com- puting Machinery, was elected as a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery in 1996 and as a founding fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society in 2006. She has held leadership positions with the American Mathematical Society, the Computing Research Association, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Canadian Mathematical Society.

College News

SUMMER 2011 Har vey Mudd College


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