UA/DormCon/IFC Student Residence Implementation Team (Impish)
Spring Term 2000 Progress Report
May 16, 2000
Contents Appendix B: Residence Selection Process (PDF)
List of Team Members
To describe our goals for Orientation at MIT, we refer to the Report of the Presidential Task Force on Student Life and Learning:
"The central purpose of orientation should be to create the feeling of joining a single, campus-wide community. Freshman orientation should consist of a program that continues throughout the first year, and should be filled with experiences that establish a connection between incoming students and experiences in academics, research, and community. To do this, there should be more activities that involve faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in shared experiences. In all parts of orientation there should be an equal role for academics, research, and community. Orientation events must be more than pro forma exercises to be endured. If each orientation experience has a constructive purpose, students could be expected to take them seriously."
Orientation Process for Freshmen
Orientation is the first official introduction to MIT for freshmen. It needs to be a real introduction to all facets of the Institute as well as to the surrounding environment. Moving FSILG rush to October, as expected in fall 2002, will finally allow MIT to have this kind of Orientation, rather than having all other concerns overshadowed by rush.
A comprehensive Orientation should include at least the following components:
- an introduction to freshman academic programs (Core Blitz, alternative freshman programs open houses, etc.);
- an introduction to future academic options (Academic Expo, choice of major, etc.);
- an introduction to UROP;
- an introduction to student activities;
- an introduction to athletics;
- an introduction to helpful MIT offices;
- an introduction to the surrounding world (mainly Boston and Cambridge, but also ways to get away from the city);
- an introduction to housing groups, both residence halls and FSILGs (something(s) like the Residence Midway);
- and the options of residence hall selection and internal rooming.
Residence hall selection will be better integrated into Orientation (see section on "Residence Selection"). Several evenings of residence-based events can follow days of events from other categories above (or others). Those evenings plus at least one full day of residence selection will supplement the information freshmen have received over the summer. They will be able to enter the Orientation lottery with increased confidence in their preferences.
In the current system, since students do not know where they will be housed during Orientation until they arrive at MIT, it is very difficult for parents to get in touch with their children. With the new system, parents will have the phone numbers and addresses of their children. When students are sure of their permanent room, near the end of Orientation, they should be reminded to tell their families where they are now.
It would be ideal to hold Parents' Orientation before the actual Orientation week, so parents would know what their children do during that time rather than suddenly losing touch for a week. If Pre-Orientation Programs have even wider enrollment in the future, Parents' Orientation could be scheduled against them. It should include both formal programs introducing MIT and informal time for parents to talk to student life personnel, housemasters, GRTs, and student leaders.
Contents List of Team Members