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General Education Framework

The General Education Committee was tasked to design a new General Education Framework for RIT which incorporated the general education learning outcomes approved in 2009. In consideration of a new framework, the General Education Committee focused on best practices that would complement RIT's mission and values and support contemporary liberal education.

Implemented in fall 2012, the new framework moves away from a strictly distributive General Education model to a more outcomes-based and integrated learning model which offers students Foundational courses (e.g., First Year Writing), seven Perspective course categories, and a required three-course Immersion sequence.

One of the keys to the design of the new framework was to ensure that all RIT students have the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the General Education Student Learning Outcomes approved in 2009.

To facilitate integration, the General Education Student Learning Outcomes are mapped to the required Foundation and Perspectives categories of the Framework. (Perspective/Outcome Alignment) This alignment ensures that each General Education course provides an opportunity for students to achieve all the student learning outcomes.