DUE News - 2012

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  • MIT Global Education & Career Development (GECD) is pleased to release the results of the 2011 Student Summer Experience Survey. This survey gathers information and data on what sophomores, juniors, and seniors did during the summer months before returning to campus in the fall of 2011.

    What Did MIT Undergrads Students Do This Past Summer?

    Paid Internship UROP Research Outside MIT Summer Paid Job Unpaid Internship Took Summer Off Other Plans Travel

    50%
    (714)

    28%
    (414)

    7%
    (105)

    6%
    (92)

    5%
    (67)

    2%
    (34)

    1%
    (15)

    .7%
    (11)

  • For the past year, the Teaching and Learning Laboratory has been developing a series of 24 concept vignettes , short educational videos which cover pivotal concepts in science and engineering. The vignettes were funded as part of MIT's collaboration with Singapore to build the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In order to choose the most salient topics for the videos, the TLL project team developed a concept map of the first two years of the SUTD curriculum.

  • On March 20 and 21, 2012 the Corporation Visiting Committee for DUE conducted its biennial visit. This Committee, which acts much like an advisory board to DUE, is comprised of 17 Corporation members, alumni and leaders in higher education and business. 16 members —eight of them new since the 2010 visit-- attended, including five people who hold similar positions to Daniel Hastings (at Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Caltech and Harvard), the President of Harvey Mudd College and the former President of Wellesley College.

    Setting the Context for the Visiting Committee

    The meeting began with a private discussion among Chancellor Eric Grimson, Dan Hastings, and the Committee in which the Chancellor shared his view on the undergraduate experience at MIT. He characterized the current generation of undergraduates as “mobile, wired, networked, globally oriented, likely to have fluid careers that require transferable skills and broad leadership capability more than specialized knowledge”. He identified some of the challenges these students pose and reaffirmed MIT’s commitment to residential education.

    Prior the meeting, a data report, “The Undergraduate Experience at MIT,” prepared by DUE Communications Manager, Anna Babbi Klein, in collaboration with Institutional Research, was sent to the Committee. This extensive document enabled them to gain a quantitatively-based understanding of the curricular and co-curricular undergraduate experience, especially in areas where we were seeking their input.

    The Committee gained additional insight at a lunch with “random, typical” MIT students at Maseeh Hall and a breakfast discussion with faculty who are closely engaged in issues of undergraduate education. These discussions provided Committee members with a first-hand perspective from some of DUE’s primary stakeholders.

    Three Critical Issues for DUE

    After their initial meeting with the Chancellor and Dean, the Committee was joined by members of the DUE Leadership Team. Dan Hastings gave the Dean’s Overview which featured the recently revised DUE Strategic Plan, progress since 2010, and current and emergent challenges and opportunities.

    Dan characterized DUE as a strong organization, with an excellent leadership team, well-defined strategic direction and good relationships with the faculty governance. While noting that undergraduate education at MIT is generally in very good shape, he identified challenges in these areas:

  • 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?” Whether you are or not, formally or informally, the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program in the Office of Minority Education provides an excellent opportunity to guide an undergraduate student.

    Based upon the number of fall 2011 applicants, we anticipate serving approximately 100 protégés (a 14% increase) in the 2012-2013 academic year and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!  The mentor application form is available online; the early application deadline is May 15, 2012.

    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.”

  • Netowrking in Asia Panel

    On April 12, graduate intern Rieko Ouchi of MIT’s Global Education and Career Development (GECD) presented the workshop, “Networking in Asia – Let’s learn how to do it together.” Launched in collaboration with Heather Law at GECD and Jennifer Recklet at MIT Spouses&Partners, the event focused on business etiquette and networking in China, South Korea, and Japan, an important topic for people who want to work in those countries or want to have business collaborations with those countries. This event was also intended to increase multicultural awareness among the MIT community.

    The panelists included two MIT spouses - Ms. Hyun Jeong Roh (South Korea) and Ms. Tiky Luo (China); three MBA students at MIT Sloan School of Business - Mr. Hyung Kook (Sean) Kim (’12; South Korea), Mr. Junya Nishikawa (’12, Japan), and Mr. Yiming (Steven) Jiang (’12; China); and Rieko Ouchi (GECD; Japan). Two common threads of business etiquette from these countries which emerged were showing respect to others (e.g., seniors), and reading nonverbal cues to build harmonious relationships. Some additional interesting ideas that were expressed:

  • The Admissions office and the entire MIT community welcomed 1135 prefrosh and 920 parents for Campus Preview Weekend (CPW) on Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22. For three and half jam-packed days the campus was alive with activity and bright with sunshine on what turned out to be one of the nicest spring weather weekends in years.

    “CPW is arguably the best admitted student weekend for many reasons,” said Lauren Avalos, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and CPW Coordinator. “But what really sets it apart is the community spirit that comes from our entire campus of student, faculty and staff volunteers.”

    CPW 2012 Collage

     

    A Firehose of Fun

    The fun started the moment that prefrosh were welcomed by Admissions counselors and other volunteers at the airport and continued throughout the weekend until checkout in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Student Center on Sunday morning.

  • Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming selects MIT faculty for three Institute Convocation awards. We were pleased with both the number and quality of nominations, which spoke to the contributions of our Institute’s distinguished faculty. The following faculty are this year’s award recipients:

    John Belcher: Arthur Smith Award for Life-long Contributions to Student Life and Learning

  • We will soon be having a Presidential transition here at MIT (and maybe one in the US as well). These are always times to reflect on the directions the Institute has taken and the issues that it faces going forward. In my thinking, MIT faces a number of issues including:

  • Dean Stu Schmill puts Stephen Colbert on notice for trashing MIT during a recent interview with Richard Hersh. Read more at http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/stephen-im-putting-you-on-notice

  • Stata with iCampus logoIn early March, the MIT Council for Educational Technology (MITCET) and the Office of Educational Technology and Innovation (OEIT) announced  the winners of the first round of the 2012 iCampus Student Prize competition. During the final round in May, the five finalists are competing for a grand prize is up to $10,000. 

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