The effectiveness of any institution of higher learning is largely due to the quality of its teaching. RIT established in 1965 an annual award to recognize excellence in teaching. In 1975, to give added distinction and permanence to the award, an endowment fund honoring the late M. Herbert and Elsa Bausch Eisenhart was established. The fund supports up to four awards annually for outstanding teaching. In 1981 the award process was further enhanced by placing even greater emphasis on teaching effectiveness.