DUE News - 2007

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  • The MIT community and their children are invited to a fun and educational event on Tuesday 20 February from 5:30 to 7PM in the Stata Center. The event will include a sneak preview of DESIGN SQUAD -- a new children's television show produced by WGBH and featuring kids engaged in designing and building machines. The program has many strong connections to MIT -- it was filmed on campus, is co- hosted by an MIT graduate student, features additional MIT students in episodes, and has two MIT faculty serving as advisors.

  • Welcome to the firsDean Daniel Hastingst edition of the DUE-wide newsletter. I have been proud to serve as Dean for Undergraduate Education for a full year. This year has been one of change, learning to work together in new and exciting ways and of defining our future together. For any organization at any time, it is important that there be high bandwidth communications that are open, continuous and reliable. This is especially important when the organization is faced with internal and external change. We will use this newsletter and other communication channels to discuss these changes, internal and external, as well as to support several other objectives that I will lay out below.

  • On January 3, Student Financial Services (SFS) launched a brand new website http://web.mit.edu/sfs . Our site was redesigned with the goal of presenting SFS as an integrated MIT unit that offers a variety of interrelated services for students and their parents. We present SFS information and services from the viewpoint of our target users who seek answers to questions such as:SFS Logo

    • How do I apply for financial aid?

    • How is MIT financial aid allocated?

    • What are some ways I can finance my MIT education?

    • How do I get my student bill, and how can I make payments electronically?

    • What loans are available to me as a U.S. or international undergraduate, graduate student or parent?

    • How do I apply for and repay a student loan?

    • How can I find a term-time job?

    • How do I advertise a student job opening and hire a student?

    • How may I use my Federal Work-Study allocation?

  • What are DUE’s strategic priorities? By now many of you are aware that DUE is in the process of implementing a strategic plan developed during the first half of 2006 with input from DUE staff, faculty and other MIT colleagues. In creating the plan, we considered concerns facing higher education as well as our own experiences with MIT students and faculty. Through this process, we developed a vision for the future and established six strategic themes to move us toward that vision.

    Our themes (see our strategic plan) and their leaders: 

    • Develop a Holistic Student Experience - Julie Norman

    • Provide Global Educational Opportunities - Kim Vandiver

    • Champion and Increase Pipeline Diversity- Karl Reid

    • Champion Information Technology - Mary Callahan

    • Advance from Teaching to Learning in the Classroom - Lori Breslow

    • Catalyze the Undergraduate Educational Commons - Peggy Enders

  • Student and professional deminer using demining toolAndrew Heafitz’s Edgerton Center course, Design for Demining, is a spring semester class that develops tools to help solve the landmine problem. The photo shows a class project being tested by a student on the left, and being used by a professional deminer in Sri-Lanka on the right.