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Undergraduate Association Goals, Fall 2006

Undergraduate Association Goals, Fall 2006

These are the Undergraduate Association goals to be completed by the end of the 2006 fall academic term. The Tech will provide a mid-semester update on the UA’s progress and evaluate the success of the committees at the end of the semester.

UA Committee Goals for Fall 2006
Executive Committee Construct a new Web site with interactive features (votes, polls, and forums) to help the UA to better gauge student opinions.
Create undergrads-inform@mit.edu, an optional list for all undergraduates to disseminate information regarding pressing campus issues that could have an effect on student life.
Work more closely with Institute and faculty committee representatives to ensure that the UA has the pulse of the faculty and the administration.
Increase the level of competition for Senate seats and improving voter turnout for all UA elections.
Cultivate a stronger relationship with campus media outlets, including weekly or bi-weekly UA Q&A interviews.
Focus resource development efforts on finding sponsors for undergraduate student groups and activities.
Committee on Athletics Examine Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation managerial infrastructure to seek ways of improving its operation efficiency and cost effectiveness.
Organize sports tournaments to foster and increase student participation in athletics on campus.
Draft a report of student concerns and suggestions regarding DAPER operations and facilities for submittal to the Division of Student Life administration.
Work to advise the UA on the athletics-related effects of maintaining or raising the amount of the Student Life Fee.
Committee on Campus Sustainability Establish MIT as a global leader in the realm of sustainability by drawing from all schools and departments.
Create a proposal for a built environment which generates energy, processes waste, demonstrates new innovative building technologies, supports a vibrant learning community, and lays down a path for structure retrofit.
Investigate how MIT uses capital on campus, and evaluate how financing for sustainability initiatives might best be located, locked in, and used effectively.
Investigate and report on MIT’s ecology and use of consumables for community and research use.
Work to make the average MIT undergraduate a more aware, compassionate and wise global citizen.
Committee on Dining Work with Campus Dining to promote a student survey to help fill the remaining storefronts in Lobdell Food Court.
Continue to work to improve late-night dining options on campus.
Organize a joint event with the Graduate Student Council to publicize the diversity of dining options on campus.
Continue to explore increased breakfast options on campus.
Student Committee on Educational Policy Draft an advisory report compiling undergraduate feedback regarding the recommendations of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons.
Work with the faculty to increase awareness of term regulations and resolve violations.
Work with faculty and administrators to demonstrably improve undergraduate advising.
Create a “Guide to Educational Policy at MIT” for incoming freshmen.
Committee on Housing Ensure significant student input and involvement in the transition of Ashdown House to an undergraduate dormitory.
Provide for student involvement in the decision-making process regarding undergraduate dormitory renovations and “swing” housing.
Investigate the needs and the future of cultural houses at MIT and how they integrate with other elements of the housing system.
Publish reports regarding the committee’s opinion on important housing issues at least twice a term.
Investigate the practicability of returning full telephone service to dormitories.
Committee on Orientation Work with the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming and Student Life Orientation Planning committees to better showcase undergraduate student activities to incoming freshmen.
Work to make the UA-supported Tuesday Night State Center “T-Party” a recurring event, clarifying how the Association of Student Activities restrictions on advertising apply to this event.
Investigate the rescheduling of the Mathematics Diagnostic Test to Orientation Week; if necessary, work to reschedule the exam to a more amenable time slot.
Work to support the Virtual CPW project to help admitted students get a better idea of the strength of MIT student life even if they are unable to attend Campus Preview Weekend.
Perform annual post-Orientation feedback sessions to identify the best and worst elements of the orientation experience from the freshmen who went through it.
Committee on Student Life Promote, staff, and administer the new Undergraduate Mentorship Program.
Investigate and draft a report in response to student complaints regarding MIT Medical quality of service.
Committee on Student Space Planning Conduct an inventory of existing student spaces on campus, analyze their strengths and deficiencies, and present this information on the committee Web site.
Invite feedback from the student body on the need for new spaces or improvements that can be made to existing spaces utilizing surveys, public meetings, and Web forums.
Develop a vision for the long-term future of the campus, and build relationships with the MIT Department of Facilities, the administration, and other key players in forming the new campus.
Produce an official report of all the above findings for public access.
Finance Board Improve communication between groups and liaisons (including regular Finboard Office Hours).
Improve overall allocation usage by better leveraging past data and spending trends.
Provide for a longer institutional memory span by making previous usage statistics more accessible.
Investigate the creation of a capital start-up fund for new groups.
Nominations Committee Improve communication with advocates so that, if there is a problem, the committee is always in the know.
Train student advocates and utilize an improved Web site to track issues being discussed among the various Institute and faculty committees.
Throw an advocate banquet to increase communication between faculty and advocates.

Source: Undergraduate Association and UA President Andrew T. Lukmann ’07