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Academic Continuity Planning Update: New Remote Teaching Resource Site

March 10, 2020 To: All faculty and instructors cc: Undergraduate and graduate administrators and officers, academic officers, deans, and department heads Colleagues, As mentioned in our letter to you yesterday afternoon, we now have guidance available to help you prepare for remote teaching: Thanks to our amazing colleagues in Open Learning, The Teaching + Learning…
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Important: Academic Continuity Planning Update

March 9, 2020 To: Deans and Department Heads cc: All faculty and instructors, undergraduate and graduate administrators and officers, academic officers Dear Deans and Department Heads, This note is a follow-up to the posture and policies announced by President Reif last Thursday as MIT continues to adapt to the spread of COVID-19. In this message…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: COVID-19 & Educational Continuity Planning

Dear Colleagues, As President Reif outlined in his letter to the community last evening, while the risk to the MIT community is low, we are closely monitoring the global spread of COVID-19 and are developing plans to offer as much educational continuity as we can in situations where students, faculty, and staff may not be able to…
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Vice Chancellor’s Update: Registrar and Sr. Assoc. Dean Mary Callahan to retire

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to let you know that after 38 years at MIT, Registrar and Senior Associate Dean Mary Callahan will retire this summer. She is truly an institution within the Institute, overseeing a remarkable portfolio over the years: academic records, student registration, degree audits, grades and transcripts, subject evaluation, diplomas, class scheduling,…
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Vice Chancellor’s Update: Advancing our support for graduate students

Updated: February 6, 2020 TL; DR: Making progress on advancing support for students in acute financial distress and helping those with children; Graduate Families Support Working Group report released with key commitments: dedicated staff person for graduate students with children, portable grants, intentional data collection. Dear Graduate Students, Happy new semester! I am writing to…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: Grad Family Working Group

Dear Graduate Students, I am pleased to share the interim report from the Graduate Family Support Working Group. Over the past year, a team of students, staff, and faculty has been focused on better understanding the environment for graduate student parents at MIT and developing potential options for ensuring they are appropriately supported. This charge…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: MacVicar Nominations

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to remind you of the call for nominations for the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program, due Friday, November 15. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at the Institute. Nominations should address the candidate’s work within the…
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OVC & OGE respond to Tech piece on grad mental health

This is a response to an article published Oct. 10, “Graduate student mental health is in crisis.” To the editors, We are writing in response to the opinion piece “Graduate student mental health is in crisis” that appeared in the Oct. 10, 2019 issue of The Tech. Authors Jeff Rosenberg, Sarah Cowles, and Nick Selby,…
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New Atlas Process Paves Way for Supporting Undergraduate Research Innovation

Starting in fall 2019, all undergraduate students applying for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will be asked to sign an Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement (IPIA). This is not a change to MIT’s Ownership of Intellectual Property Policy. Students will continue to own their intellectual property except when working on government or third-party sponsored…
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Note from the Vice Chancellor: A Case for Mid-Semester Feedback

Faculty and instructors are likely most familiar with end-of-term evaluations. While incredibly useful, they are not designed to address a need I’ve heard about from many students: the ability for an instructor to make a few tweaks or changes as a class is running. The collection of mid-semester, formative feedback from students can be an…
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