DUE News - 2007

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  • The admissions office recently completed its Early Action selection process and we are proud to welcome the newest members of the MIT community to the Institute.

    We received a record number of applications, up 13% over last year. Of the 3,928 students who applied, 522 were offered admission to MIT (13%). Of these, 53% are male and 47% are female; 14% are first generation to college, and underrepresented minorities make up 31%.

  • Kathleen MacArthur has joined the Office of Faculty Support (OFS) as the Assistant Dean for the Communication Requirement. While new to the DUE, Kathleen is not new to MIT or to the Communication Requirement. For the past several years, she has been serving as the Coordinator for Writing Tutors and Testing in the Writing Across the Curriculum Office of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and in that capacity, has been working with the CI-H tutor program and the Freshman Essay Evaluation. Kathleen has a Ph.D. in American Literature. In her new capacity, Kathleen will be the primary administrator for the undergraduate Communication Requirement and will be involved with student advising, managing the proposal approval for CI-M subjects and the CR budget. Her office will be in 12-106 and her phone number will be x3-2783; she can also be reached at kmacarth@mit.edu.

  • Effective January 1, 2008, Melanie Parker, Executive Director of the MIT Careers Office (MITCO) will lead the Global Theme. This is particularly advantageous since MITCO’s Office of Foreign Study and Prestigious Fellowships will likely be a “hub” of expanded support for student global opportunities as well as for faculty involved with global exchanges.

  • Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 award for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2008, anywhere in the world. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward. Please let undergraduate students know about this exciting opportunity. They can think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially! This is a chance for them to formulate and test ideas.

  • The Office of Minority Education is recruiting faculty and staff mentors for the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program. The Mentor Advocate Partnership is a volunteer mentoring program for first-year MIT students. MAP seeks to foster the holistic development of students along both academic and non-academic dimensions. At the core of MAP is a sincere, trusting partnership between student and staff that has the potential to persist throughout the undergraduate years. The MAP kick-off/orientation will be held in February 2008.

  • 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.

  • Betsy Hicks, executive director of Student Financial Services, noted several highlights and trends in financial aid, loans and student employment for 2006-07 in her annual Report to the President. The reports are submitted in the summer and will be compiled and posted online at http://web.mit.edu/annualreports. You can see more statistics for undergraduates on the “MITGO” page of the SFS web site at http://web.mit.edu/sfs/financial_aid/mitgo_undergrad.html.  

  • On September 7th about 400 students in MIT’s Introduction to Biology Course 7.012 were given a homework assignment on proteins. The homework problem set asked questions about the structure of a protein. To answer these questions the students used StarBiochem developed at MIT by a collaboration of MIT Biology Professor Graham Walker, MIT Physics Professor John Belcher, and the OEIT Software Tools for Academics and Researchers (STAR) developers.

  • 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.