IAP introduces us to residence systems and their operations to prepare us to reinvent MIT's. We'll learn about residence system goals, how they work, a little history, successes and opportunities, and build a common language for a lively discussion about the residence system we would like to create at the Institute.
During the course of the week, we will investigate such system design topics as how cultural change takes place in institutions, system analysis and design, design of higher education institutions, organization studies, ways of identifying and articulating shared mission, skills and practices for working as teams, action planning and potential cost implications, and methods for evaluating the outcomes of the residence system we put in place.
Day 1: The Present Residence System
This foundational day of presentations and discussion orients us, answering "where are we now and how did we get here?" The present residence system was designed and has evolved to address a set of educational goals. We will examine these goals and place them in the context of the theory of residence system design and the history of MIT's residence system.