message from President Simone
It simply amazes me
as I walk around campus to see how much RIT has grown. Whether
it is the expansion of our campus facilities, the size of our
enrollment, or the impact of RITs academic and research
programs in meeting the needs of our business and government partners,
RIT is unquestionably in a growth mode.
|Albert J. Simone
Indeed, in July we
received a gift of $6 million from the Gleason Foundation (page
2). This generous funding will be used to enhance curriculum and
expand facilities at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering,
ranked among the nations top 10 engineering colleges.
During the past five
years, we have invested $220 million in capital projects, including
new and improved academic buildings, student residential areas,
recreational space and more. An additional $53 million has been
invested in equipment to ensure that our students have the learning
tools that are consistent with the demands of their academic programs.
You can see how much the campus has changed starting on page 20.
RIT is now the 11th
largest private university in the United States with approximately
15,000 students. We have more than 90,000 alumni worldwide. Today,
50 percent of the freshmen class hails from outside the state.
We have 1,400 students from more than 90 countries. We have raised
the bar academically: Last fall, the incoming class had a mean
SAT score of 1210.
Our cooperative education
program has a widespread impact on students and employers throughout
the nation. Fifty-two percent of our 3,600 co-op placements are
with Rochester area businesses, another 20 percent are with companies
throughout New York, and nearly 30 percent are in other parts
of the country. A recent economic impact study calculated that
the value of these co-ops to participating companies is at least
$25 million a year. Co-op experience pays dividends: 95 percent
of RIT graduates are employed in their field within six months
RIT, with 2,800 employees,
is now the ninth largest employer in Rochester. Factor in that
we have 30,000 alumni living in Rochester and it doesnt
take long to see how important the university and the community
are to one another. We are also proud of the impact that our faculty,
students and alumni are making around the nation and the globe.
The RIT impact is a
source of pride for me, as I hope it is for you. Please accept
my invitation to celebrate with us Oct. 9-12 at our sixth annual
Brick City Festival and Alumni Weekend 2003. It will be a great
opportunity to see how RIT is growing in many dimensions.
Albert J. Simone