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Bigger and Better

Carolyn Levine on Monday, 08 November 2010. Posted in Coursework, Majors & Minors

Today, RIT announced the addition of a 9th college, the College of Health Sciences and Technology, which falls under the newly established Institute of Health Sciences and Technology (IHST). For the past several months faculty, students, alumni and staff here at RIT have been working closely with the Rochester General Health System (RGHS) to create a program for health sciences. The search is on for a Dean and Vice President to head the new college, and I’m sure the committee will find someone extremely qualified to lead the country’s most innovative health sciences school.

You might be wondering which programs will be included in CHST and you’re not alone. There are a lot of academic degree programs that are candidates to transfer to the IHST. Faculty within those programs are currently considering whether the Institute constitutes a better fit for their program and have until December 1 to submit a proposal for transfer.

The IHST marks a “substantial transformation and commitment by RIT to contribute to the field of health science and to our alliance with Rochester General Health Systems.” (quote from RIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jeremy Haefner, in an e-mail to students this morning)

Even though this new college doesn't directly affect me or my education, I still think it’s awesome! I am constantly impressed by RIT’s commitment to growth and development. Since I’ve been here, campus has changed so much. There are always new buildings going up and academic programs being added.

RIT just might be the most exciting school in the country right now. It has been awesome to be here and witness all the changes in just the past three years. Imagine where we’ll be in 5… 10… 50 years! If you’re interested in being a part of the most innovative and ever-expanding universities in the United States, come to RIT!