Student Self Confidence

Dan Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education

The DUE Visiting Committee drew our attention to the issue of student self confidence. The DUE leadership team has agreed that we must focus our efforts on student self confidence towards the following aspirational statement:

We provide guidance and support that empowers all of our students to achieve their full intellectual potential and develop a well-grounded, confident sense of themselves and their ability to make important contributions to life and learning at MIT and beyond. We encourage them to explore the range and depth of intellectual inquiry and the power of practical applications of their knowledge, with a particular emphasis on problem-solving, creativity, and innovation.

We will hold ourselves accountable for identifying and addressing gaps between this aspirational statement and the current environment, trying out ways to move closer to creating such an environment. I welcome any thoughts from you as to how we can achieve this lofty goal.