Dimension Two

The Student-Centered Research University

As a student-centered research university, RIT combines the mission-critical activities of research, scholarship, artistic creation, creative inquiry, teaching, and learning across all degree levels and disciplines. By conducting government-funded, interdisciplinary, high-impact research and by partnering with business and industry in private research and development, we will advance the boundaries of knowledge and the application of new technologies. Recognizing that participation on research teams enhances critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary competencies, we will facilitate the participation of undergraduate and master’s degree students on funded research teams. We will enrich the graduate student experience through a holistic approach to their success, and we will develop opportunities for all students to collaborate across international and intercultural borders.

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Difference Maker II.1
Difference Makers highlighted in orange are the 15 priority items for the first implementation phase.

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.

Objective II.1.1
Continue adding interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs that are in line with the university’s research strategy.

Objective II.1.2
Develop and communicate a strong, data-based research vision that will constitute a research program that 1) promotes collaboration across colleges, departments, institutes, and centers; 2) eliminates barriers to participation in interdisciplinary research for faculty and students across RIT; 3) is ensured stable financing for research infrastructure; and 4) is conducive to strategic investments that will catalyze growth.

Objective II.1.3
Develop a systematic, transparent, data-driven, and inclusive process for identifying a limited set of signature interdisciplinary research areas in which RIT can become a global leader.

Objective II.1.4
Create an external research advisory board comprised of impartial, recognized experts to guide the selection and evaluation of strategic research areas.

Objective II.1.5
Using the methods described above, investigate the potential of the following research areas: Digital Media and Imaging Science; Global Resilience; Accessibility and Inclusion; Advanced Design and Manufacturing.

Difference II.2
Difference Makers highlighted in orange are the 15 priority items for the first implementation phase.

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.

Objective II.2.1
Develop multiple compensation models for research conducted under the Corporate R & D Program, including RIT’s acceptance of company equity in cash for intellectual property.

Objective II.2.2
Create a special program to encourage collaboration in research activities with alumni-led businesses.

Difference Maker II.3

RIT’s research enterprise will be a national model of leveraged diversity (disciplinary, generational, global, and experiential) based upon the principle that teams constituted of members with diverse expertise, talent, experience, and backgrounds drive the best questions, the best processes, and the best solutions.

Objective II.3.1
Increase the number of master’s- and bachelor’s-level students on funded research teams.

Objective II.3.2
Develop a mentoring/orientation program for undergraduate and graduate students that extends beyond the classroom to develop their capacity to add value on funded research teams.

Objective II.3.3
Map research skills acquired by undergraduates to the T-shaped competencies increasingly required by employers.

Objective II.3.4
Establish research partnerships in emerging international centers of excellence.

Difference Maker II.4
Difference Makers highlighted in orange are the 15 priority items for the first implementation phase.

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.

Objective II.4.1
Ensure that graduate programs include innovative curricula, capstone projects, cooperative education, and international collaboration.

Objective II.4.2
Using existing program structures and coursework, create innovative interdisciplinary graduate degree packages, such as minors, Ph.D./MBA pathways, and co-curricular options for Ph.D., MFA, and MS degrees.

Objective II.4.3
To improve continually the quality of graduate education at RIT, develop a holistic graduate program portfolio and a data-driven assessment plan.

Objective II.4.4
Develop and implement a ten-year plan for increasing and enriching library and electronic resources to accommodate the planned growth in graduate students and the graduate program portfolio.

Objective II.4.5
Provide a range of professional development opportunities throughout graduate students’ RIT career, including:

  • professional and personal development workshops and training (e.g., research methods, communication,
  • thesis preparation, grant writing, teaching);
  • graduate career and placement counseling;
  • teaching experience;
  • recognition and awards for student excellence.