Beyond the Classroom: Students and Institute Governance

Published in MIT Faculty Newsletter September/October 2013 by Robert Redwine, Professor of Physics and Director of Bates Linear Accelerator

Having been on the MIT faculty since 1979, I have noted that a topic that comes up frequently in faculty-student interactions outside the classroom is the issue of Institute governance. This can be a contentious topic to say the least. The typical situation involves student unhappiness that they were not included more in discussions leading to decisions that affect them. The typical faculty reaction is puzzlement that the students think they should be included to the extent they do; after all, we have been in their position and our stake in the Institute involves a 40-50 year timeframe, not four years. We sometimes forget that when we were in their position we probably felt the same way they do.

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