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  • Open Courseware SignOn May 4th, President Susan Hockfield and MIT welcomed more than 225 educators from around the world to the OpenCourseWare (OCW) Consortium Global 2011. This year’s OCW Consortium Global is a three-day celebration of the first 10 years of MIT OpenCourseWare. Panels, presentations and posters reflect upon the impact of OCW and look forward to its future.

    Ten years ago, in April 2001, MIT announced the OCW initiative on the front page of The New York Times. Today, the OCW Consortium is a worldwide community of educators and organizations committed to advancing OCW and its impact on global education. To date, 200 universities have published more than 15,000 courses, including more than 2,000 courses at MIT.

    Read complete MIT News article

  • online gradingAs the end of the semester approaches, participants in the MIT Online Grading pilot will find the process of submitting final grades less stressful. The new Online Grading System replaces a predominantly paper-based process with a more flexible and streamlined process.

  • On April 15, cadets and midshipmen from MIT’s ROTC units gathered amid blustering winds to participate in the 2011 Pass in Review ceremony on MIT’s Berry Field. The event served as a ceremonial inspection for all of MIT’s ROTC units and as a celebration of their accomplishments throughout the academic year. With all of the military branches represented, the Pass in Review exemplified the joint cooperation between the Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC units.

  • MIT’s newest dining hall has a new name: The Howard Dining Hall.

    The name was chosen by an anonymous donor who made the first gift toward the renovation that transformed the former Ashdown graduate residence into a new undergraduate residence renamed Fariborz Maseeh Hall this past September...

    “The Howard Dining Hall will provide a new kind of dining facility that will transform campus life at MIT,” said MIT President Susan Hockfield. “It will give members of our community a beautiful new place to gather, collaborate and recharge. We could not be more grateful.

  • TSR SignFounded by students and run by students, the OME Tutorial Services Room (TSR) is a peer-tutoring resource for MIT undergraduates that has been in operation for over 30 years. Through the TSR, students can get individualized tutoring sessions in almost any subject. Core to the TSR approach is a dedication to making its support services and resources accessible, convenient, and useful.

  • This year marks the 40th anniversary of Concourse at MIT, a program founded to be a learning community for freshmen and their instructors to explore the interconnections between disciplines as disparate as literature and physics, history and mathematics.

  • MIT The Game image from appMIT Admissions recently introduced a Facebook game: MIT: The Game...the details from this excerpt of Chris Peterson's March 1st Admissions blog entry:

  • The DUE Working Group on Increased Enrollment was charged by Dean Hastings in late September 2010 as a step toward assessing how an increased enrollment might impact DUE Offices in the short and long terms. The group included representation from each of the offices in DUE that would be impacted by a larger student body. The Group issued their final report in mid-February 2011.

    As a foundation, the working group identified a set of fundamental principles of educational delivery against which possible impacts would be considered:

    • Access to the same quality education/experience, faculty mentorship, is key
    • Maintain quality of academic experience (seminars/FASs, UROP, GIRs, etc.)
    • Maintain caliber of entering students
    • Maintain quality of transitional programming (Interphase, FPOPs, Orientation, Majors Expo, Sophomore Standing, Graduation…)
    • Maintain access to and quality of supportive services (SFS, GECD, Registrar, etc.)
    • Maintain need‐blind admissions and meeting full need
  • As a member of the MIT community, I would venture to say at some point in your career, you have had a Mentor. The importance of that individual, or those individuals, has surely been invaluable. My question to you is, “Are you currently mentoring someone else?” Whether you are or not, formally or informally, the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program in the Office of Minority Education is an excellent opportunity to guide an undergraduate student.

    MAP is a volunteer mentoring program seeking to foster the holistic development of students along academic and non-academic dimensions. Studies show that students who are integrated and involved in both the academic and social mainstreams of campus life are more likely to graduate and have greater satisfaction with their collegiate experience. Our Mentors have the opportunity to guide MIT freshmen and sophomores, known as Protégés, in building relationships, academic endeavors, and personal well-being, while offering encouragement and providing a proactive support network. You will know your impact on a Protégé when you hear them say “I had an outlet – someone to talk to about things that were going on in my life – both the good and the bad.”

    Based upon the number of fall 2010 applicants, we anticipate serving approximately 80 protégés (a 10% increase) in the 2011-2012 academic year.
    Please consider becoming a MAP Mentor.
    You can fill out an mentor application online; the application deadline is May 1, 2011.

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