Send us Strategic Plan 2025 ideas

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President Bill Destler at the annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

We are extremely pleased with RIT’s transformation in the past decade. Led by President Albert J. Simone in 2004, more than 300 members of the RIT community—students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni—collaboratively developed the 2005-2015 Strategic Plan titled “Category of One University.”

The plan mapped RIT’s future within five intersecting areas that were deemed vital to the continuing prosperity of the university: career focus, student success, scholarship, global society and community.

When I became president in 2007, we modified the plan with the Board of Trustees’ priorities for the new administration and renamed it “Imagine RIT.” Like past strategic plans, the current plan connects the history of this remarkable university with the imperatives of the present and ambitions for the future.

So what’s next? We have begun a new strategic planning process and we need your feedback.

The proposed strategic dimensions for the new plan are as follows:

  • Student success
  • Global engagement and international education
  • Research and graduate education
  • Curricular innovation and creativity
  • Diversity
  • Organizational agility

Our timeline is aggressive. We will have a draft of the plan before the Board of Trustees for approval in November and begin implementing it in early 2015.

Join us now as we chart the direction of RIT for the next decade. Please provide feedback by emailing or go to for more information.

Bill Destler