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  • Goal

    The goal of the IT theme is synonymous with the goal of the Student System Vision Study: to develop a next generation Student System vision that will support the evolving needs of the MIT community and improve the student experience. The entire MIT community-- students, faculty, staff and alumni-- rely on MIT student information systems to provide excellent service in over 115 critical core business applications such as managing admissions, academic and financial records. The Vision Study is a large scale project that will engage the whole MIT community and provide a road map to support future student information system. This vision will understand from a user perspective how we can maximize service, minimize complexity, provide a seamless end-to-end experience and support face-to-face interactions.

    Besides facilitating many administrative aspects of day to day life and learning at MIT, student information systems (SIS) are part of the infrastructure that insures excellent teaching and learning. These systems will be essential to enabling recommendations of the Task Force on the Educational Commons such as increased emphasis on global education and changes to the General Institute Requirements.

  • Dean Steve Lerman, Dean Larry Benedict and I have started a set of joint discussions on attitudes to integrity and responsible behavior at MIT. These come in the context both of recent events as well as more general concern in the community that choices on integrity and responsible behavior are seen as cost benefit calculations rather than a commitment to core values.

  • MIT was proud to announce that six students received Fulbright grants this past year, and they have now all begun their research abroad.

  • The months of September and October find MIT’s admissions officers scattered around the country, talking to as many parents and students as possible about the Institute. While it is true that most students are familiar with the MIT name, many of them are far less familiar with the “real” MIT – in other words, the reality of our culture, community, and people. I am writing this article in San Diego after visiting one of the top high schools in the area, where the students were amazed to hear of the breadth of programs and opportunities we offer.

  • A group of high school students from Wayland High School, John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School spent the summer designing and building their own version of the Segway – the DIY Segway. They worked with Ed Moriarty and four MIT students as part of the Edgerton Center Outreach Program. Now they have a site (that is getting lots of hits) showing their engineering adventure: http://web.mit.edu/first/segway .

  • On Friday, October 26, OFS is hosting "Redefining the MIT Classroom” in Bartos Theater (E15-070) to celebrate creative pedagogical and curricular innovations by MIT faculty members made possible through support from the Alumni Class Funds. The event features an afternoon of panel discussions composed of faculty from History, EECS, and STS, followed by a dessert reception and informal discussion. Attendees include members of the sponsoring classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999, as well as previous Alumni Class Funds grantees. All MIT faculty are invited.

  • With support from the National Science Foundation, and in collaboration with the City of Cambridge Youth Programs and the Cambridge Public School District, MIT’s Terrascope program is launching Terrascope Youth Radio, a new outreach program for local teens. In Terrascope Youth Radio, urban teens will develop, report, write, produce and host a radio program on topics having to do with environmental and Earth-system science and engineering. The primary goals are: to reach other urban teens with science/engineering stories in a format that they see as relevant, interesting and important; and to instill in participants a sense of empowerment and excitement, both about their skill as communicators and about their knowledge of environmental and Earth-system topics.

  • I hope many in DUE went to or watched via webcast the State of the Institute presentation by President Hockfield, Provost Reif, Chancellor Clay and Executive Vice President Stone on October 2. I am proud that MIT is committed to helping solve some of the great issues in the world. These are big problems such as:

    • our energy dependence in a way that preserves the environment while enhancing our security,

    • the scourge of various kinds of cancer,

    • the lack of progress in diversity in the professoriate.

  • “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” So says a Japanese proverb that underscores the importance of vision and planning. The MIT Careers Office (MITCO), including Study Abroad, has recently begun a strategic planning process to plan for its future. This process will include assessment of client needs, including students and employers; input from major stakeholders; an internal review of key programs and services against professional standards; and program benchmarking. Strategic initiatives at MIT and DUE will provide significant guidance in this process, in particular the holistic education of our students and increasing their opportunities for global experience.

  • Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) students had yet another highly successful year as they secured internships in a variety of internships around the world! F/ASIP continues to have a high success rate with our participating students finding the internship opportunities that they seek. This year 88% of the students who completed SP.800 were able to secure internships in their chosen fields; many of the students who did not obtain internships voluntarily chose other options such as classes or traveling. This is consistent with last year’s placement rate, perhaps reflecting our continued focus on individual student advising and added structure in the F/ASinternship search process.