General: This project has three distinct phases. The first phase, to be held over the summer and the beginning of the fall term, will determine the needs and wants of the MIT Community concerning a new dining framework. The second phase, which will occur during the remainder of the fall term, will have the MIT Community design a new dining system. The third phase, which will take place during IAP and the beginning of the Spring term, will see the "detailed" implementation of the new system.
First Phase: During the first phase, the Working Group and the Advisory Board will:
The Review will use a variety of methods to get community input on its needs and wants, including public forums, surveys, and focus groups. The review will rely largely on an initial round of open meetings and the focus groups to define the need of the community. It will use surveys to get quantitative data on dining patterns and expenditures, and may use surveys to confirm needs raised by the open meetings and focus groups. Finally, the review will use public meetings to get an overrall view of food service issues that need to be studied, and to get ideas for the redesign of food services.
Second Phase: During the second phase, the Food Service Working Group, the Advisory Board, and the MIT Community at large will design a new food service framework. To this end, the Group will:
Exponential communication is a technique which will allow the thousands of members of the MIT Community at large to work with the rest of the Review to design a new system (food service in our case). Here is a brief outline of the technique:
During the design phase, steps 1-3 should be repeated as frequently as appropriate.
Third Phase:During this phase, the Review will oversee the development of RFP's and other appropriate contractual changes. Discussion of this phase will be postponed for now.
The membership of the board shall be made up of representatives listed by the Committee on Student Affairs plus any other representatives the Working Group finds useful.
Members of the Advisory Board will serve as "experts" to the Institute Dining Review. Further, they will link to "key agencies" in the MIT Community that have an interest in campus dining. They will receive regular updates from the Working Group which will include:
The Advisory Board will then advise the Working Group on ways to carry out the goals of the Institute Dining Review. In particular, the Board should:
The Review expects that Board members will provide regular updates to the groups they represent.
The Community Involvement Group (CIG) will be open to any member of the MIT Community interested in serving on it. The Dining Review will make an effort to recruit students, faculty, and staff to the CIG. The CIG should meet every 3-4 weeks and will attend several brief training sessions.
The CIG will serve as the primary liaison between the MIT Community at large and the Institute Dining Review. Its duties will include the following:
During this phase, we expect that CIG members will provide their colleagues with regular updates on the work of the Review, and that CIG members will provide the Review with timely and accurate summaries of their colleagues opinions.