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Provost’s Update

March 2014 Provost's Update

This is a year of many firsts, including a spring break that falls at the end of March. I hope that you all found last week a time when you could break the routine a bit. Here’s my update for the month of March.

Jeremy Haefner
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 

A Liberating Education

With all the strategic planning conversations on campus, I hope that we keep in mind that one way to advance RIT is to strengthen our approach to a liberal education, or what I prefer, a liberating education. I hope you will take time to read more about topic on my blog, Provost’s Reflections.

With all the strategic planning conversations on campus, I hope that we keep in mind that one way to advance RIT is to strengthen our approach to a liberal education, or what I prefer, a liberating education. I hope you will take time to read more about topic on my blog, Provost’s Reflections.

Scholarship Revisited

In the past five years, academia has seen an explosion of new types of scholarship recognizing that digital media is transforming how faculty pursue their research, creative work, and scholarship. I invite you to read more about this changing landscape and a thought paper on the future of scholarship.

In the past five years, academia has seen an explosion of new types of scholarship recognizing that digital media is transforming how faculty pursue their research, creative work, and scholarship. I invite you to read more about this changing landscape and a thought paper on the future of scholarship.

University Writing Program Update

At the end of last year, I sent a message regarding my decision to waive the requirement of a writing-intensive general education (WI-GE) course identified in policy D16.0: The Institute Writing Policy (IWP), for incoming students who began their enrollment in academic years 2012 and 2013. 

At the end of last year, I sent a message regarding my decision to waive the requirement of a writing-intensive general education (WI-GE) course identified in policy D16.0: The Institute Writing Policy (IWP), for incoming students who began their enrollment in academic years 2012 and 2013. The Institute Writing Committee recently submitted a plan detailing how we can fully implement the writing-intensive general education requirement in the IWP. Dr. David Martins, director of the University Writing Program, and Richard Zanibbi, chair of the Institute Writing Committee, will be presenting the plan to Academic Senate on April 24. I encourage you to attend and learn more about their work.

Education Core Committee

The Education Core Committee of the RIT board of trustees will be meeting April 10 and will select the Trustee Scholarship awardee, have a discussion on international education, and hear from a number of the strategic planning taskforces. You can learn about what the trustees are reading to get an understanding of the higher education issues by visiting my website

The Education Core Committee of the RIT board of trustees will be meeting April 10 and will select the Trustee Scholarship awardee, have a discussion on international education, and hear from a number of the strategic planning taskforces. You can learn about what the trustees are reading to get an understanding of the higher education issues by visiting my website

Center for Multidisciplinary Studies Needs Your Help

Currently we have 18-20 students actively working on completion of their projects by the end of the spring semester. And we have 15 additional students polishing their Capstone Proposals so they can register for a Capstone Project in the summer 2014

As you may know, Sam McQuade is on medical leave of absence for the remainder of the semester. While Professor Richard Morales is covering Sam’s classes, the Capstone Project is more complicated. Currently we have 18-20 students actively working on completion of their projects by the end of the spring semester. And we have 15 additional students polishing their Capstone Proposals so they can register for a Capstone Project in the summer 2014. The students’ proposals and projects cover topics such as Security Technology Management, Marketing, Management/Business, Health Systems Administration, Communication & Media, and so forth. So CMS needs additional graduate-level faculty or advisors who are willing to advise CMS graduate students for the remainder of this semester and possibly summer semester. All advising can be done via a myCourses Community, which has been set up for this purpose. If you are willing to assist, please contact Abby Berner Cantwell, Manager of Student and Administrative Services at ambcada@rit.edu.