The Design of the New Residence System
Lawrence S. Bacow, Chancellor
December 8, 1999
Amended Final Report of the Residence System Steering Committee,
as presented to Chancellor Bacow on October 6, 1999
You can help change the way we
live and learn. The MIT community is taking an unprecedented step by inviting all
of its members to learn about the residence system and then to reinvent it. We want
your experience and insights to influence how we live and learn in 2001, and in 2051.
Why remake the residence system?
Two significant changes in the way we think and live took place during the past year:
the decision to build a new residence hall (web.mit.edu/buildings/residence2001) and the establishment a new set of principles
(web.mit.edu/committees/sll/tf.html) to integrate student life and learning.
Together, they set the stage for a closer look at the way all campus living groups
help develop the "whole student." The purpose of the residence system redesign
is to extend to the entire MIT community the opportunities these changes have generated.
How will we do it?
During IAP, we'll learn about our own residence system and those at other universities.
This will give us a common language about and some perspective on our personal experience
of the MIT residence system. With this information and some healthy discussion about
it, we'll apply what we've learned.
Teams of students, parents, professors, administrators, and alumni then huddle to
develop fresh approaches for reinventing the residence system design. Team design
proposals include recommendations about the elements of the system, their operating
principles, and an action plan for carrying out the redesign.
To conclude the residence system redesign process, teams present their proposals
to the steering committee. All proposals will be posted on this site. The steering
committee reviews all proposals in detail and chooses two or more to incorporate
into a comprehensive proposal to be submitted to the Chancellor in the Fall. This
site provides ways to communicate with steering committee members so that the entire
community can comment on proposals throughout their deliberations.
Information design and writing: John D. Roberts