The recommendation of moving S^3 under DUE was one of five potential options identified by the S^3 Task Force. The chancellor felt this option places S^3 close to many of the resources the office draws upon to help students while accomplishing the key organizational goals of the S^3 Task Force. These goals included strengthening links between S^3 and the academic side of MIT.
The chancellor also explained that while S^3 will formally report into DUE, DUE and the Division of Student Life (DSL) will collaborate in order to ensure S^3 will continue to provide high quality support services in both student life and academic support. Specifically, DUE and DSL will convene a joint working group to serve this goal.
At the same time, the chancellor will move ahead on a key recommendation by the Task Force to appoint and seek advice from an S^3 Faculty Advisory Committee. The Task Force Report makes several recommendations around S^3 communication, services and processes. The Faculty Advisory Committee will ensure that the recommendations are appropriately carried out.
The S^3 Task Force was appointed in August 2009. Comprised of the student deans, faculty, students and staff, and co-chaired by Eric Grimson, head and professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Steve Lerman, vice chancellor and dean for graduate education, the task force reviewed and assessed the office’s:
- Scope of services, organization, and reporting relationships;
- Coordination of services with other offices in DSL, DUE, and MIT Medical;
- Communication with faculty on individual cases and on policies and procedures;
- Relationships and communications with stakeholders;
- Outreach and prevention activities.