Category: Academic Experience

Deadline for Accelerated Master’s Programs Extended

by Graduate School

Master’s degrees give graduates a competitive advantage in today’s job market. Besides providing specialized knowledge in a field, a master’s degree provides more career options, increases earnings and facilitates upward mobility on the corporate leadership track. Michigan Tech’s accelerated master’s degree programs are designed to provide a faster, easier and more cost-effective route for Michigan Tech students to earn a master’s degree.

Remote Learner Totals

by Jackie Huntoon, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Prior to the start of the COVID-19 disruption, which basically coincided with Michigan Tech’s spring break, approximately 25% of Michigan Tech’s full-time instructional personnel had gone through the complete professional development program designed to prepare them to teach fully online courses. Since that time, about 375 individuals have either signed up for or completed that training. Just over 40 additional individuals have signed up for the remote instruction professional development program. This means that by the time fall semester begins, more than 585 individuals, or 84% of full-time instructional personnel employed at Michigan Tech during spring semester 2020, will have completed a professional development program designed to help them improve their instruction in remote, online, and face-to-face settings. Even better news is that these numbers are expected to rise, as people are still working with their chairs and deans to determine and get signed up for the right program for them.  

I want to thank all the faculty who have completed or will be completing this professional development in preparation for fall semester. Your efforts demonstrate your commitment to our students’ success.

Summer Plans

by Rick Koubek, President

Dear Members of the Michigan Tech Community:

Friday officially marked the end of the spring term at Michigan Tech. On Saturday, we would have celebrated the success of 1,066 graduates at our Spring Commencement ceremony. Had things been normal, Mike Pulick, former president of Grainger International, a Michigan Tech electrical engineering alumnus, and former Blue Key president, would have served as our keynote speaker. Instead, we are redirecting our energies in creative ways as we adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic—including the launch of an online 2020 commencement celebration web page on May 23. 

Stepping Up Virtually to Meet the Needs of Students

by Bonnie Gorman, Dean of Students

The campus-wide efforts to support our students in this new remote learning environment have been extraordinary. While it might have been a bumpy start, it seems like a rhythm has taken hold and people are adapting to our new reality. Evidence of this came from a student who wrote to me recently and said, “All of my professors have been tremendous and willing to make adjustments in the interest of alleviating any burdens, too; this is another testament to our incredible Husky culture! (#tenacity).” Indeed, support is being offered across campus in a variety of ways to meet the needs of students.

MTU Flex

by Jackie Huntoon, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

It goes without saying that we are all surrounded by uncertainty right now. Nevertheless, Michigan Tech will continue to offer classes and conduct research no matter what happens.

When Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order was first announced, many of us began to think the fall 2020 semester might be affected. It’s now safe to assume that it will be different from other fall semesters—but we are already moving down a path that will make things feel much the same for students, faculty, and staff.