As the global COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve, MIT, CTL, and the SCM department are prioritizing the health and safety of the students, researchers, and others in our communities.
In an effort to "de-densify" and help mitigate spread of the virus on campus/in the local area, MIT extended spring break by one week, and moved all classes and group work online as of March 30. Research and administrative work is being done remotely. See complete information on MIT's COVID-19 response here.
MIT CTL faculty and instructors are exceptionally well prepared to deliver courses online, so while this situation is challenging on many levels, we are confident in our ability to provide academic continuity for our SCM students. Our top priorities are the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff; and making sure our students are able to continue deep learning, and fulfill their degree requirements, remotely.
SCM students, understandably disappointed at having to disperse 2 months early, have taken the initiative to request additional, highly relevant learning opportunities. The department and Center have responded by organizing the following:
- SCM COVID-19 Volunteer Corps: With the help of Dr. Jarrod Goentzel (MIT CTL Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab), Dr. James Rice, Dr. Josue Velazquez, Dr. Maria Jesus Saenz, and other SCM faculty and researchers, students involved in SCM COVID-19 volunteer activities will partner with organizations such as UNICEF and the American Logistics Aid Network on projects focusing on supply chain workforce safety guidance, US and international freight flow monitoring, and development of an oxygen supply chain design tool. The rapid activation of these projects embodies MIT’s entrepreneurial and responsive culture.
- SC Lessons from COVID-19, a new speaker series focusing on relevant topics including coronavirus effects and response, managing disruptions, risk management, and crisis response. The weekly remote series will include a mix of CTL experts and industry speakers.
- Student-initiated short projects with global companies facing new challenges related to the pandemic.
We’re incredibly proud of our students and their commitment to making meaningful improvements in worldwide operations impacted by COVID-19. We'll will share more details on these initiatives as the spring term progresses.
MIT Graduate Admissions Statement
Looking ahead to future admissions cycles, the SCM admissions team will follow the MIT-wide graduate admissions principle adopted March 26, 2020:
In response to the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has adopted the following principle: MIT’s admissions committees and offices for graduate and professional schools will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant.
In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/No Record (or Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail) and other grading options during the unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruptions, whether those decisions were made by institutions or by individual students.
We also expect that the individual experiences of applicants will richly inform applications and, as such, they will be considered with the entirety of a student’s record. Ultimately, even in these challenging times, our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are collectively excellent and composed of outstanding individuals who will challenge and support one another.
Questions or concerns about this statement as it applies to MIT SCM applications can be directed to SCM admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MIT's COVID-19 Updates
- MIT SCALE Network COVID-19 Updates
- COVID-19 Updates for SCM applicants and admitted students
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