February 28, 2017
The success of the RIT Strategic Plan “Greatness through Difference” depends, partially, on good communication in the progress of the implementation. While Academic Affairs has a leadership role with many of the 15 Tier One priorities, there are four that are of particular interest: the T-Shape initiative, On-Time Graduation, Interdisciplinary Work, and Graduate Education.
I want to take this opportunity to update the community on the latest progress behind the On-Time Graduation (OTG) initiative, which is captured as Difference Maker I.7:
Difference Maker I.7: RIT will make the on-time graduation of its undergraduate and graduate students a highly visible university priority.
You may recall that back in 2016, I charged a large, multi-divisional taskforce to develop an action plan that would provide the actionable steps, a timeline and a budget needed to be successful with DM 1.7. The taskforce dutifully submitted their report . At the time, the taskforce was still developing the budget requirements and I received these later in the fall of 2016. As a result, we now have the complete action plan and I am in the process of sharing the plan – action steps, timeline and budget – with the campus community.
I note that, due to fiscal prudence for next year, we are not anticipating budget monies to cover the requests for 2017-2018. This may impact our ability to implement the proposed action steps.