Academic Success News - 2012

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  • On February 12, the Tech and the Chancellor’s office will be cosponsoring a student forum to discuss issues surrounding pressure and stress at MIT for both undergraduate and graduate students. The forum will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in 10-250. 

  • Prof. Anne McCantsThe single best thing about college for MIT Professor of History Anne McCants was "exploring ideas ravenously." It was like being in a candy store for four years," she says.

  • MIT Together logo

    In mid-October, MIT Together was officially launched. This Chancellor-led program came out of a task force Eric Grimson brought together last spring, following the death of three students on campus. In considering the difficulties MIT students face, the student culture, and the available support services, the task force recommended MIT Together as a way to:

    • Increase awareness of MIT's resources for students who feel overwhelmed or isolated.
    • Help students seeking assistance find the right resource as soon as possible.
    • Demystify what generally happens when a student visits MIT Medical, S3, or another service
    • Undermine the stigma associated with asking for help at MIT
    • Normalize failure and celebrating challenges as part of learning, discovery, and progress 
    • Challenge students' self-perception of their abilities through contextual information, data, and statistics 
  • It is no secret that entering MIT students need to learn to juggle competing priorities, manage their time effectively, and navigate an unfamiliar environment. For students with chronic illnesses, the adjustment to this high-pressure environment involves an added layer of complexity. In addition to all of the demands that typical students must handle, students with chronic illnesses face the daunting task of managing their illness while managing college life. For many students, this is the first time they have had to orchestrate all of this independently.

  • Academic Integrity HandbookThe Academic Integrity Handbook is a student guide which helps students:

  • Student Disabilities Services Staff. From left to right: Associate Dean Kathleen Monagle, Staff Associate Kara Brown and Administrative Assistant Sheila Barnard. Student Disabilities Services (SDS) has moved to 5-104.

  • The Sophomore Year Experience is an initiative expanding on the work of the Sophomore Year Transition Program in Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). MIT Staff from several offices, including UPOP, Residential Life Programs, Alumni Office’s Externship Program, Public Service Center, Global Education and Career Development and UAAP, have formed the SYE Committee to develop programming and bring awareness to available resources for sophomore students.

  • On Monday, February 6th, UAAP welcomed back many of the forty-six MIT students returning to campus for the Spring 2012 semester at its biannual Returning Students Luncheon hosted by Student Support Services. Returning students are resuming their studies at MIT following a withdrawal from the Institute for personal, academic or medical reasons and have successfully completed the readmission process.

  • Recently Career Services, within the GECD, held a highly attended workshop on the Impostor Syndrome, presented by Dr. Valerie Young. Dr. Young spoke to over 200 MIT students about this psychological phenomenon where people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.

  • MIT is proud of its commitment to First Generation students. First Generation students, those whose parents do not have college degrees, comprise 16% of the MIT student population, approximately 800 students in total (undergraduate and graduate). The critical importance of this population surpasses its sheer numbers, as this segment of the student body plays a vital role in the richness of an MIT education. Moreover, the presence of First Generation students reflects one of MIT's key values: its dedication to guaranteeing equal and affordable access to higher education.