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Sophomores' Voices Will Be Heard in Survey

Readers of The Tech should be aware that in the next two weeks sophomores still have an opportunity to make their opinions known about their first year experiences by responding to the "Looking Back at the Freshman Year" survey. This is the first time a survey of the freshman year has ever been undertaken. Survey forms, with a cover letter from President Charles M. Vest and Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Rosalind H. Williams, were mailed to sophomores a few weeks ago.

Students always wonder what happens to their surveys after they hand them in. We can give you some information about this. We anticipate that President Vest will form one or two task forces this semester to review academic and residential learning at MIT, and the results of the survey will inform the deliberations of these groups. In addition, faculty committees such as the Committee on the Undergraduate Program, administrative offices, such as the Dean's Office, and departments that teach freshman core subjects are eager to make use of survey data as they examine the freshman year.

If you are a sophomore and a survey form is languishing on your desk, we urge you to take a few minutes to respond. The return envelop contains the mailing address: Educational Studies Working Group, 20B-140. If you have lost your survey form or personal code number, please e-mail survey@mit.edu for a fresh copy of the survey and your code number. Your voice will be heard and you will help to shape the freshman year for the students who follow you.