OUR VIEWS Consensus Opinion
Gary Schuster, current dean of the College of Sciences, is replacing Jean-Lou Chameau as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. His appointment indicates that Tech is moving in the right direction. While all of Tech's engineering disciplines hold top 10 rankings, before the Institute can reach its full potential, growth in the humanities and sciences is necessary. Innovation is necessary for Tech to remain competitive with other top tier colleges and universities. Schuster's background and emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches will be beneficial tools to help leverage Tech's current international prestige in engineering to other disciplines.
Schuster said that he wants to hear from students and use their input. The typical five years that students spend at Tech is a relatively short time in the life of the Institute, and it would be easy for Schuster to get away with not listening to us or responding to our needs. We encourage Schuster to remain true to his word and be aware of what students think about academics, not just in the beginning but throughout his tenure as provost. We look forward to seeing him help Tech reach the next level.
Three is a crowd
The new Housing plan that puts three freshmen together in a room built for two is perhaps this semester's biggest controversy. Putting students in such a cramped space no doubt made the freshman year transition to college even scarier than normal.
Housing is doing the best it can with the options it has to work with; at this point, 10 rooms have already been un-tripled, and they plan to have all of the dorms returned to their intended capacity by the spring semester. Housing should continue working toward this goal as rooms become available.
Housing should be guaranteed for freshmen, but it should be quality, not overcrowded, housing. This problem arises from complications in Admissions, not Housing, however. More freshmen have accepted Tech's offer of attendance than was anticipated for two of the past three years, and Housing has had to arrange alternative housing arrangements, including flex spaces and triples used this year.
Given Tech's increasing population and Housing's increasing popularity, administrators should start planning how to better handle large incoming classes now. The Admissions office needs to find a better way of predicting numbers and implement a better system. Still, Housing should start reserving many more freshman spaces than expected, as it is better to take an upperclassman off a wait list than have triples again.
Consensus editorials reflect the majority opinion of the Editorial Board of the Technique, but not necessarily the opinions of individual editors.