Survivial of IAP depends upon increased student participationIt is already time to look forward to Independent Activities Period. Dean for Undergraduate Education Margaret L. A. MacVicar '65 and the IAP Policy Committee are currently reviewing IAP, and they are concerned about the program's educational value.
This concern has arisen from a low rate of involvement by all facets of the MIT community. This year's IAP was to have been the last one, but a two-year extension is allowing the program to continue through January 1993.
Where IAP goes from here is up to all of us. If the administration continues to see a lack of involvement, this extension could very well be the last chance IAP receives.
Undergraduates, graduates, and faculty all need to take an active role in the program. The more people become involved, the greater the chance that IAP will succeed in being a part of the curriculum through the 1990s.
IAP is the one opportunity that MIT students have to create classes. Students are encouraged to sponsor events that appeal to them. Faculty are encouraged to teach that one class that the department head would never allow. The opportunity to explore new research projects without the pressure of competing classes should exist, and does, during IAP.
IAP might seem like a long ways away, but this is the time to plan events. The IAP preview guide, released recently, lists many activities you may want
to pursue, but many more will
be added before the completed guide appears in December.
Organizing an event is simple and easy; just fill out a form in the IAP office, and you will be officially listed in the forthcoming guide. If you need funding, you can pursue it through an academic department or the IAP office. The deadline for submission is Oct. 25.
Now is the time to plan on being in Cambridge in January, without the hassles of 6.001, lab reports, and that one annoying class that eats up all of your free time. IAP is the time to see MIT at its best.
Christian Klein '91->