Advising Undergraduates or Teaching a CI-H/HW Subject? New Enrollment Tools Can Help
This year a new suite of online tools is available to help you and your students as they seek appropriate subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H). CI-H subjects are part of the Communication Requirement within the undergraduate General Institute Requirements, and include a subset concentrating more particularly on the writing process, designated CI-HW.
The tools and process changes have been designed to ease chronic enrollment issues within the CI-H/HW subjects.
Every undergraduate must take at least two of these subjects, and enrollment in each subject is capped in order to guarantee sufficient attention to student writing and ample opportunity for oral expression.
This fall term 2184 students used the tools. Almost 45% of them (971) were freshmen, and more than 30% (681) were sophomores. This is not surprising, given that the Communication Requirement is a paced requirement, and most students complete one CI-H/HW subject in each of their first two years.
The tools will continue to be piloted for spring term beginning with pre-registration in December. Advisors of undergraduates who have yet to take their CI-H/HW subjects should make sure that their advisees know about the new tools.
For undergraduates and their advisors, the tools include:
Advisors can help the process by making sure that students remove themselves promptly from subjects they no longer want, either during registration or via the online add/drop form, and by approving the changes quickly.
Students should also be urged to remove themselves from waitlists of subjects in which they are no longer interested. This way other students can be admitted to the subjects, and instructors have a more accurate sense of the number of interested students in a timely way. Since many instructors require attendance in their CI subjects, it is especially important that decisions be made swiftly.
For instructors of CI-H/HW subjects,
For more information on this project, visit: enrollmenttools.mit.edu.
The help section of the site includes FAQs, Quick Guides, and an eLearning video.
I am the business lead for this project, and the Office of Faculty Support, Registrar’s Office, and Information Systems & Technology are jointly providing sponsorship and staffing. Faculty champions for this change include the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR) and the Dean’s Office in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
The tools in this pilot are being assessed by the project team, which is currently analyzing data on how the tools worked. We have also surveyed all students and instructors who used the tools and are compiling the results. If you have comments or suggestions for the team, please e-mail them at: email@example.com.