DUE News - 2007

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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 .

  • Once again we start the academic year with the return and new arrival of our students. This is a time of new energy and high hopes. I realize that for many offices the work of the new year started months ago. Students have been getting their financial packages right, some students have already started in Interphase and some students have been working on UROP projects all summer. Nevertheless, this time brings a whole group of bright new faces to us. Here in DUE, we want to support, enable and encourage our students as much as possible.

  • Justin Riley, a DUE Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) developer, in collaboration with Dr. Megan Rokop, head of the Outreach Program for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard took StarBiogene for a shakedown cruise with OEIT Director and Senior Associate Dean Vijay Kumar, the OEIT staff, and guests from DUE, the Department of Biology, and the Broad Institute on July 24, 2007.

  • “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.

  • As a capstone to their experience, the participants in the inaugural year of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program held a poster session on August 10 the Bush Room. The participants, half of which were from MIT and the other from other universities, spent two months conducting research in MIT biological/biotech labs.

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