GSC criticizes report
By Joey Marquez
The Graduate Student Council has passed a resolution expressing its disapproval of an August report released by the Independent Activities Period Policy Committee (IAPPC).
The report was primarily written by former Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor and IAPPC Chairman James W. Mar '41, who presented it to the Committee on the Undergraduate Program.
The GSC contends that Mar failed to consult the four graduate students on the committee before presenting the report, and that this exemplifies the exclusion of graduate students from the IAP program.
GSC President Michael D. Grossberg G expanded on this position, asking in the resolution that the committee be "restructured to include equal numbers of students and faculty, with the chair chosen by the committee."
The GSC's chief complaint is its lack of representation in the report. "Not once in the report did it mention graduate students, with the exception of one statistic," said IAPPC member Ajit Campbell G.
As the resolution states, "IAP was originally created for both graduate and undergraduate students." The GSC is very concerned that the Undergraduate Academic Support Office did not collect data "that include indicators on graduate student participation."
Although the GSC agrees with the report's main recommendation that faculty involvement in IAP increase, they also believe that "seminars and programs should also be designed specifically to graduate students."
Campbell said that "the UASO questionnaires were concerned with undergraduates," and that there was "no measure of graduate students" in the report. He added that the "committee should focus on working with the GSC to see how IAP can serve graduate students better."
It is unclear why Mar wrote the report without allowing committee members to change the rough draft. Campbell said that Mar sent the rough draft to members during the summer, but since no one was at MIT, no one could object to the report.
Mar retired last year and moved to California, and was unavailable for comment.
Starting today, the UASO is investigating how and when the report was sent to committee members, to determine why graduate students' concerns were not addressed in the report.
For next year, Campbell suggested that the committee give "equal consideration for graduate students."