Housing MIT's Graduate Students: Framing the Inquiry and Shaping the Dialogue
This article is about the work of the Graduate Student Housing Working Group. The charge from the Provost directs us to focus on how we might best house our graduate students and to recommend changes. This inquiry is related to the larger visioning of our campus and surrounding area that is ongoing. An important feature of the process is to make sure we remain competitive in our goal of attracting the very best graduate students.
To address this task, the Working Group needs input from a variety of sources. Faculty input is critical because faculty are in the best position to judge how we fare with respect to attracting the best graduate students and providing them with an extraordinary community in which to emerge and grow as young scholars and professionals.
We are also very much aware of the current interest in campus planning and the importance of making housing a critical part of making our campus an attractive and enabling place. Clarity in framing the inquiry will greatly enhance the dialogue our report will encourage.
We will have a variety of means to collect input, including sessions at which individuals present to the Working Group. We want to share below our approach to gathering input and indicate to the community that we welcome their input throughout the process, which we expect to complete by October 1. Input early in the process as we shape our inquiry is most valuable.
We have several subgroups organized around aspects of the graduate housing question. Do we have the question right? We want your feedback and ideas as we take deep dives.
1. Graduate student attitudes, issues, and choices
2. Boston-area housing issues, markets and trends
3. MIT graduate enrollment and expectations for the future
4. The Competitive Environment
5. Utilization of current graduate housing inventory-- MIT houses more than one-third of its graduate students. There have been major increases in the number of graduate beds in the two last decades. We want to understand how the housing we have meets our commitments; what we can learn about the match between our current stock of graduate housing and the campus population; and gain insight into how to think about future needs. This assessment also includes a review of off-campus housing affiliated with MIT.
We welcome your input to the Working Group in general or on any part of the subgroup work plan. You can e-mail your comments, suggestions, and questions to email@example.com. Or please contact me directly.