Office Moves Reduce Barriers to Support Services

Dennis Freeman, Dean for Undergraduate Education

One of my priorities as Dean is to reduce barriers to the services, support, and opportunities that enable students to have an exceptional undergraduate experience. This priority was central as we planned the move of key DUE student services housed in Building 12.  As most of you know, Building 12 must be vacated by June 30th to make way for the new MIT.nano building, the future home of nanotechnology research at MIT. 

The space planning for the move involved finding a new home for:

  • Global Education and Career Services, which students visit for career, global, and prehealth advising as well as on-campus interviews.
  • Office of Faculty Support, which students visit for HASS and Communication Requirement advising.
  • Office of Minority Education Tutorial Services Room, which students visit for tutoring sessions and as a study/meeting space.
  • DUE Desktop Support, which provides support to staff in both DUE and DSL.

The resulting plan places these services in more visible and convenient locations.  Where possible, we also looked for opportunities to improve services.

First, we are creating a Building 5 student corridor, which co-locates offices that provide student services. This will augment the existing concentration of student-focused offices near the first-floor Building 5 corridor, which is in close proximity to a primary student pathway, and make it easier for students to find and access the services they need. By the end of fall 2014, the Building 5 student corridor will include:

  • Office of Faculty Support
  • Global Education and Career Development Satellite Office
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Student Disabilities Services
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Financial Services and UAAP around the corner

In addition, the Tutorial Services Room (TSR) is moving to the first floor of Building 16, between Terrascope and Concourse. This high-traffic area will help raise the visibility of the TSR.  At the same time, the new TSR has a separate tutorial space and lounge/meeting area.  This enables better use of the space as a multi-purpose student area, an improvement over the single large room in Building 12.

Finally, Global Education and Career Development (GECD) is moving to Building E39 in Kendall Square. To accommodate students walking from the main part of campus for interviews, the new space provides changing areas and lockers for students. At the same time, to ensure GECD remains easily accessible for drop-in student appointments, a GECD satellite office will be part of the Building 5 student corridor.

Below, I outline the full breadth of the DUE-related moves that are happening as either a direct result of the Building 12 closure or to enable the student corridor to be established. All the moves should be completed by the end of fall 2014.

DUE Desktop Support

  • Current space: Bldg 12

  • Moving to: Bldg 24 – May 2014

OME Tutorial Services Room (TSR)

  • Current space: Bldg 12

  • Moving to: First Floor of Bldg 16 – May 2014

Global Education and Career Development (GECD)

  • Current space: Bldg 12

  • Moving to: Bldg E39 – June 2014

  • New Bldg 5 Satellite – Late Fall 2014

Office of Faculty Support (OFS)

  • Current space: Bldg 12

  • Temporarily moving to: Bldg 35 – June 2014

  • Final move: Bldg 5 – Late Fall 2014

Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL)

  • Current space: Bldg 5

  • Moving to: Bldg E39 – Summer 2014

12-196 Conference Room Replacement

  • New conference room in Bldg 5 – Late Fall 2014

While these moves will ultimately enable us to better serve students, I realize that moving is disruptive.  We are working hard to make the transitions as smooth as possible. Jeanne Hillery and I are happy to answer any questions you may have about the moves.