DUE News - 2009

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  • ACCORD members joined colleagues from Smith College and Tufts University to present a day-long workshop titled, Images: Content Management, Teaching, and Learning this past January 23rd. The workshop was sponsored by NERCOMP, the Northeast Regional Computing Program, an affiliate of Educause, and was attended by 55 educational technologists from 31 NERCOMP institutions.

  • These are uncertain times in the country, in higher education and at MIT. We are challenged by economic uncertainty on every front. Every day the newspaper seems to have new announcements that add to this sense of unease. Naturally, this uncertainty generates anxiety as people reflect on how changes at the Institute and in DUE might impact each of us personally and how we collectively accomplish our work. I recognize and appreciate how difficult it can be to maintain focus during these times. Nevertheless, it is necessary for us to stay focused on the very important work which we have to do on behalf of the Institute, the students and the faculty.

  • In 2007, the DUE-DSL Collaborations Committee created the guide to “Faculty-Student Opportunities at MIT.” In January, the guide was launched as an on-line resource for faculty: http://due.mit.edu/initiatives/faculty-student-engagement.

  • The Registrar’s Office recently launched its first professionally designed website. Associate Registrars Jo Flessner-Filzen, Ri Romano, and Connie Scribner led this important effort, which focused on improving communication to the Office’s many constituents, including faculty, students, alumni, and staff.

    Registrar's homepage

  • There has been a recent increase in the number of computers attacked and compromised by malware. (Malware is the term for Malicious-Software.) Malware is usually delivered to a user’s computer as an email attachment, e-cards, links to a website. When the user opens the email, attachment or link, the malware is installed on the computer and can do great harm, including harvesting Personally Identifying Information (PII), passwords or more malicious activity.

    The latest culprits appear to be messages directing users to a site to pick up an E-card or a message from another site. The user unknowingly installs the malware application, and the computer is compromised.

  • From traditional to innovative, repeat offerings to firsttimers, the ridiculous to the sublime – IAP 2009 ran the gamut, offering something for everyone. Thirty-three academic departments, seven labs, seventeen centers, fifty-five student groups, thirty-six administrative departments, fourteen other MIT groups and ten individuals offered classes and/or activities. People from DUE participated in IAP in many ways – organizing, teaching, taking courses and enjoying events.

  • On January 13, 2009 Melanie L. Parker, Executive Director and Bob Dolan, Career Development Counselor visited the Alumni Club of New York City at the request of the alumni club president, Karen Ho. Karen, a 1994 Course 6-3 alumni was recruiting on campus in November when she reached out to Melanie for assistance. With a large contingent of NYC alumni currently in transition from their previous jobs, or considering a job change, Melanie and Bob presented career related topics ranging from Self Assessment to Job Search Strategies and Networking.

  • The new MIT Diversity and Inclusion site invites the community to:

    • Review the proceedings from the Diversity Leadership Congress and participate in the process going forward.
    • Explore current diversity initiatives and activities.
    • Stay informed through a diversity email list.
    • Suggest ideas and updates to the site.

    At the same time, MIT is launching a more comprehensive project to design a much richer gateway to all of MIT’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  • After nearly a year of planning and setting aside employer revenue from our on-campus recruiting program, on February 5 the Global Education and Career Development Center (GECDC) staff took a deep breath and opened its doors to a bright, newly renovated space for MIT students to explore their opportunities and clarify their career goals.

    Collage of GECDC Renovation

  • As the deadline for freshman applications passed, the Admissions Office had received a record 15,665 applications.  This is a 17% increase over last year and a 50% increase  over the last four years. The applicants are also the most diverse ever with applications from women up 19% over last year, underrepresented minorities up 27%, and first generation to attend college up 34%. MIT’s new partnership with Questbridge, a non-profit that connects high achieving, low-income students to top colleges, strengthened the demographic and economic diversity of applicants. At the same time, geographic diversity remains strong as we received 3,642 applications from international students who are citizens of 136 different countries.