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For a complete review of Dimension Two Difference Makers and Objectives, visit this the Dimension Two section of the full Strategic Plan website. The content below reflects Academic Affairs task forces and progress.

RIT will offer opportunities for study at the intersections of technology and the arts, imagination and application, and rigor and curiosity—all designed to meet the demands of future careers in the complex global economy.

DM II.1 Signature Research Areas

RIT will be internationally distinguished as a research university through its focus on and investment in specific inter- and trans-disciplinary research areas identified through a systematic and inclusive selection process.



November 2016 Presentation to Academic Senate

DM II.2 $100M Sponsored Research

RIT will maximize the impact and financial support gained through its research programs by collaborating more extensively with business and industry to yield $100M in total research funding annually.

Sponsored Research Services website


November 2016 Report to Academic Senate

DM II.4 Graduate Education

A newly created Graduate Enrollment Taskforce will provide administrative leaders and faculty with a plan to strategically increase the graduate student enrollment as of fall 2015 by 30% by the fall of 2025. This goal is in line with Difference Maker II.4 from the RIT Strategic plan Greatness through Difference which states:

“RIT will enlarge its graduate portfolio through adding professional and research-focused programs in STEM fields, the humanities, social sciences, and arts, increasing the graduate population by 30%. New programs will include experiential learning, research, scholarship, and co-curricular opportunities. All programs will strive for the highest levels of excellence and global recognition.”

Task Force

The members of the Graduate Enrollment task force will consist of individuals from each RIT academic and strategic unit. This will ensure representation campus wide. Additionally, the Graduate Enrollment Taskforce will work collaboratively with Graduate Council.



Chair: Twyla Cummings, Dean, Office of Graduate Education



Co-Chair: Diane Ellison, Graduate International & Part-Time Enrollment

Ed Hensel, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Grant Cos, College of Liberal Arts
James Hall, School of Individualized Study
James Myers, RIT Global Campuses
Jeffery Cox, International Student Services
John Trierweiler,  Chief Marketing Officer
John Tu, Saunders College of Business
Joseph Hornak Graduate Council
Kathryn Schmitz, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Kerry Phillips, Finance and Administration
Leanne Hill, Finance and Administration
Matt Miri, College of Science
Neil Hair, Innovative Learning Institute
Pengcheng Shi, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Richard Doolittle, College of Health Sciences and Technology
Therese Mulligan, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Thomas Trabold , Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Tomicka Wagstaff, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Yossi Nygate, College of Applied Science and Technology, CAST
Graduate Student, Masters (TBD)
Graduate Student, Doctoral (TBD)


Charge to Graduate Enrollment Task Force


July 2017 Graduate Enrollment Task Force Report and Recommendations

Projected Timeline

  • October 2016 – charge finalized and distributed to RIT community
  • December 2016 – kick off meeting with task force; charge given by Provost Haefner
  • May 2017 – plan completed and implementation team formed
  • August 2017 – plan implementation and assessment begins