Scope of Groups

Academic Workstream

Focus on academic opportunities and implications as MIT plans for the “new normal,” with the potential changes in our economic, technological, and cultural realities. Primarily includes education and research activities that impact undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty, research staff, and student life staff.

Education Group

All MIT degree-granting education programs. 

Student Journey Group

All activities for degree-seeking students, including internships and other career-related activities; clubs, affiliate groups, residential groups, Greek life, and other communities; athletics; dining services; student support services; and other student activities.

Research Group

All research activity done by faculty, other primary investigators/research staff, postdocs, and graduate students; the appropriate number of laboratories and centers; research subsidies, pre- and post-award support; research infrastructure; supporting new faculty research agendas; etc.

Academic Learning and Residential Spaces Group

All academic space (classrooms, teaching labs, informal learning spaces, and libraries) and residential space.

Beyond MIT Group

All non-degree-granting education, including mentoring; executive and professional education courses; programs or courses offering credentials or certificates; and programs offered by the Industrial Liaison Program, MIT SOLVE, MIT Technology Review, the MIT Press, etc.

Administrative Workstream

Focus on administrative opportunities and implications as MIT plans for the “new normal.” Administrative functions include information technology infrastructure; non-classroom, non-residential space (including research lab space), office space, commercial space, and other real estate; and administrative systems, processes, and policies, including finance, procurement, facilities, security, planning, human resources, and other areas.

Campus Operations Group

Information technology infrastructure; non-classroom and non-residential space, including research lab space, office space, and commercial space; how to fund space; space management policies; utilities; and emergency preparedness and management.

Administrative Processes Group

Systems, processes, and policies, including those within the Vice President for Finance, Research Administration Services, Office of the Recording Secretary, and Technology Licensing Office areas, and other financial areas; human resource systems, etc; and procurement and sourcing strategies.

Workforce Operations Group

Human resources practices, policies, and benefits, including working remotely, hoteling, remuneration, and rewards and recognition.

Finance and Data Workstream

Primary role is to review certain key financial and funding models for ongoing Institute activities. This workstream will also aid the other working groups by providing financial perspectives, data, and research support, as well as support for financial modeling/financial feasibility analyses.

Financial Modeling Group

Building financial model(s) to inform scenarios and recommendations; considerations/recommendations for alternate financial models/overheads/etc. to align with current and developing strategies.

Data and Research Group

Building operational models to inform scenarios and recommendations; considerations/recommendations for what data we should be collecting to align with current and developing strategies.

Community and Culture Workstream

Focus on culture, diversity, equity, inclusion, community, and values at MIT, particularly how these themes will be included strategically and implemented tactically in the context of the task force's work.

Legal and Ethics Resource Team

Provide legal and ethics perspective to the work of the task force. Identify and support working groups with legal and compliance resources. Potential legal areas may include policies related to international, domestic, and local issues; faculty, student, and human resources–related policies; government funding; etc.

Communications Resource Team

Support communications the communications needs of the task force and its working groups, including soliciting ideas and feedback from the MIT community and communicating opportunities for engagement. Support communications of interim and final task-force findings. Help develop communications infrastructures needed for the work of this activity. Develop communications strategy for the findings and actions derived from the task force activity.