Enhancements to Undergraduate Education

In collaboration with the faculty and other key units at MIT, the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE) is leading the effort to improve the quality and clarity of the undergraduate experience.

Some of DUE's major initiatives include:

  • making a global experience an essential part of an MIT education by expanding current opportunities, developing new opportunities and removing barriers for student participation;
  • enhancing student learning through educational innovation, by supporting experimental subjects that incorporate pedagogical and curricular innovations such as first-year focus subjects, project-based learning and design subjects, and interdisciplinary offerings;
  • implementing assessment and evaluation studies of new educational approaches to ensure educational goals are being met;
  • shaping the direction of MIT’s online learning strategy;
  • partnering with faculty to ensure a high-quality “common experience” through the GIRs, while expanding other learning opportunities;
  • evaluating current and proposed one-on-one and community-based academic support programs to augment student academic success across all cohorts;
  • improving teaching through programs and services that foster teaching skills among TAs and faculty, and disseminate best practices and innovations in learning;
  • strengthening and expanding the opportunities for faculty mentoring, advising, and engagement with students outside the classroom;
  • implementing programs and initiatives that help create a supportive environment for students and build their self-confidence. This includes identifying and implementing strategies to help students thrive at MIT;
  • developing initiatives that increase student engagement in experiential learning outside the classroom and help cultivate confident, well-rounded graduates with strong communication skills and leadership experience;
  • partnering with Information Systems & Technology to modernize the Student Information System to support the community’s needs and improve the educational experience; and
  • renovating classrooms to enable ongoing curricular improvement and innovation.