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Graduate Degree:Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree:Bowdoin College
Area of Interest:Education Issues
Mentors:Joan Wallace Benjamin, The Home for Little Wanderers and Robert Goodspeed, MIT
Agency:Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Supervisor:Dr. Carlos Santiago, Senior Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs and Academic Policy
Project Description:This summer, Mirza worked at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education on several projects. The bulk of his time was spent on preparing for the upcoming Vision Project conference, which will highlight the initiatives at public higher education institutions funded by the state’s Performance Incentive Fund grant. Along with reviewing and assessing hundreds of school proposals and grant reports, he also helped conceptualize and design a special technology session that will highlight the various campus ed tech programs, initiatives, and tools. He will be moderating this session at the Vision Project conference in October. In addition, Mirza helped write a piece for the upcoming Vision Project annual report discussing a graduation retention program at one of the state’s public institutions. Finally, he conducted research on distance learning and for-profit institutions, including examining existing regulations and practices as part of a special Task Force. This motivated him to write an article about the topic, which he hopes to publish in the coming months.