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December 22, 2020 Tuesday 02:51:59 PM IST

Task Force 2021 and Beyond shares its initial compilation of ideas

MIT’s Task Force 2021 and Beyond has released an initial menu of more than 50 ideas to reimagine and reposition the Institute for the post-Covid world. Various submissions — any of which may or may not move forward into actual implementation — propose to:

    implement more flexible schedules and work arrangements for all employees, so on-campus time becomes less essential to working at MIT;
    improve staff onboarding, training, and development, making MIT a workplace known for offering strong career paths for all employees;
    reimagine graduate student advising, and take steps to help all students find their path at MIT and access all of its resources and opportunities;
    redesign classroom spaces to foster interactive learning during in-person instruction;
    integrate concern with social responsibility, racial justice, and equity more fully into the curriculum and other aspects of life at MIT;
    develop a plan to make MIT a leader in postgraduate education, including coordination of resources and efforts in this area and new experimentation with lifelong learning; and
    take steps to reduce the internal financial inequities inherent in research overhead underrecovery.

Beginning now and continuing through January, the task force will review and consider community feedback on the dozens of ideas released. This input will inform an in-depth review, in January and February, of the full range of proposals by President Reif, other Institute leaders, and key stakeholders, with an eye to focusing effort on those ideas that are likeliest to put MIT in a position of strength heading into a new post-Covid world.

This review and winnowing process will set the stage for a second phase of the task force’s work, which will involve developing implementation structures and processes for the subset of ideas that are prioritized by the Institute’s leadership. The task force expects to enter that next phase in February.

(Content Courtesy: https://news.mit.edu/2020/task-force-2021-ideas-1221)