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Faculty Newsletter praises faculty 2030 report

In the November issue of the Faculty Newsletter, released yesterday, three articles respond to the faculty 2030 task force’s report on “Community Engagement in 2030 Planning on Development of MIT‐Owned Property in Kendall Square.”

The FNL editorial board commended the report’s recommendation that financial considerations should not be the future driver of the campus’ development. The editorial board also praised the task force’s recommendation “to establish a broad-based standing committee on Campus Design Planning.”

Faculty chair Samuel M. Allen PhD ’75 praised the improved engagement between the administration and the faculty which the task force represented: “All of the feedback I’ve received on the contents of the report has been very positive. This includes faculty who had been most vocal in expressing concerns with the Kendall Square development process and several members of the Faculty Newsletter’s Editorial Board.”

Jonathan A. King — a professor in Course 7 (Biology) who lobbied hard for the administration to communicate with the faculty on MIT 2030 issues — has his own piece in the FNL: “Graduate Student Life, Research Productivity, and the MITIMCo Proposal.” King advocates for additional on-campus graduate student housing, and notes that President Vest “launched an effort to increase on-campus graduate student housing to 50 percent of the need” resulting in additional graduate dormitories, but that “the initiative was not sustained under President Hockfield.”

John A. Hawkinson