Academic Program Management

Calendar Conversion: To date 201 programs have been submitted to New York State Education Department and 149 (74%) have been approved.

Academic Program Calendar Conversion Update

*Total includes Dual Degrees (BS/MS) programs. These programs are submitted after the individual programs comprising the dual degrees receive NYSED approval.

2012-2013 Bulletin: RIT's 2012-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins will display each RIT program in both quarter and semester format.


The preliminary draft of the Periodic Review Report (PRR) was posted for Community Review from February 20 - March 23.  The report was also reviewed with the Board of Trustees at their meeting on April 12 - 13. Following this review, the PRR Steering Committee will make appropriate revisions based on the feedback received. The final report will be submitted to Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) by June 1, 2012.

The Honors Program

International and National Professional Experiences: Over the winter break, honors students integrated a global perspective into the honors curriculum with travels to Dubai, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Students gained a national perspective as well in Washington, DC and the Southwest.

CIAS: United Kingdom - Highlights included London museums, Westminster Abbey and a visit to Edinburgh where students visited Holyrood House. While in Edinburgh students also stopped by Queen Elizabeth's gallery where they had lessons on art history, along with tea at Clarinda's on the Royal Mile and at Balmoral.  In Dublin, they heard the choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and visited the third oldest zoo in the world.

In March, another group of CIAS students completed a week long photo and illustration tour of National Parks in the Southwest where they traveled and learned about the Native American culture, geology, and the history of early settlers.

SCB: Dubai - Students visited Global companies including KPMG, one of the big four accounting firms; the Dubai Financial Markets, the Dubai Electric and Water Authority, and Dubal, one of the world's largest aluminum smelters. Students met with Josephine Ford of General Electric and attended a presentation on Islamic banking.  In addition the group visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the eighth largest mosque in the world; the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building; the Dubai Mall, the second largest mall in the world; and bartered with merchants at Dubai's outdoor souks.

CLA: Sweden - Four College of Liberal Arts Honors students and two Honors advocates spent a week in Scandinavia. For four days they were guests of the Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University, in Malmö, Sweden.  The Honors students spent time in classes and seminars and met students who are participating in Malmö University's graduate programs in Sustainable Urban Management and Leadership for Sustainability.

KGCOE: Germany - Twenty-five Honors students and four advocates representing computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical and chemical engineering visited six companies in Munich: KUKA in Augsbur, Pilotfish, BMW, Gleason, Bosch and GE Global Research. They also attended cultural events including a guided walking tour of Munich, a bus trip to the Neuscheanstein Castle and Oberammergau in Bavaria, and a visit to Weinerstephaner, a German brewery.

COS:  In February, College of Science Honors students visited the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC), where two COS faculty members in Mathematics and Life Sciences led tours of the museum from the perspectives of academic fields. Over spring break nineteen Honors students traveled to Washington, DC where they visited the Naval Research Laboratory with honors alumni Brian J. Daniel, PhD (Imaging Science '09), and  toured the National Zoological Park with Honors alumnus Stephanie Otto (Medical Technology '98).  The group also had dinner with four Honors alumni: Candida Allen (Imaging Science '06), Alvin Spivey, PhD (Imaging Science'04, '11), Matthew Neiman (Applied Statistics '09) and Allison Bright (Imaging Science, '10).

Research and Awards: Kimbria Blake (Biochemistry) and Colin Axel (Imaging Science) will both receive the Goldwater Scholarship. Samuel Kennedy (Applied Mathematics) received an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship.

Institute Advising Office (IAO) and Learning Communities Program

GeneSIS: The Institute Advising Office continues its work on the GeneSIS project, preparing a Go Live 3 and Go Live 4.

Academic Advising: The IAO continues to prepare for semester conversion in partnership with RIT colleges.  Four additional academic advisors will be hired this summer to help advise our students through the semester conversion IAP process.  Additionally, a group of academic advisors and Deans Delegates for Advising will be attending the NACADA Summer Institute in June.  The intensive institute gives the team the opportunity to build a customized "Action Plan" through foundation sessions, workshops, and work with an assigned Institute faculty member who will act as a mentor and consultant. The team will focus on assessment of advising.

Learning Communities: The (47) academic and (3) pilot living/ learning communities are wrapping up the year with end-of-the-year events, such as the ChemE/BME barbeque and the USP logo design presentations.  Over the summer, the Program staff will spend time assessing the outcomes and exploring opportunities for re-visioning learning communities as we transition to semesters.

K-12 Programs

Staff members of the RIT K-12 Science & Technology Entry Program are proud to announce that RIT's two STEP Research Teams brought home trophies from the STEP Annual Research Project Competition. Our STEP students competed against teams from across New York State, and were guided and mentored by RIT Faculty members Robert Osgood and Michael Coleman.

In the Biological/Life Sciences Division RIT's team project entitled What Type Is Your Serotype won 1st place. Three 9th grade students from Greece Olympia High School and RCSD STEM High School comprised RIT's winning team.
In the Physical Sciences Division our team project entitled Artificial Photosynthesis: The Electrochemical Conversion of Water into Oxygen and Hydrogen Gaseous Fuels Using Transition Metal Catalysts won 3rd place.  Two 12th grade students from Rush-Henrietta High School and one 10th grade student from RCSD STEM High School comprised RIT's winning team.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (SLOA) Office

Staff Announcement - Senior Assessment Associate - Please welcome Leah Bradley as our new Senior Assessment Associate in Academic Affairs. Leah spent the last seven years in the Office of Research, Analysis, and Planning at SUNY Brockport. Her primary responsibilities included support for institutional assessment efforts and assisting departments in gathering data for benchmarking and accreditation. Leah earned a BS in Health Science and an MPH in Public Health from SUNY Brockport. Leah brings a high level of professional expertise, data analysis, and assessment knowledge and experience.

Program-level Assessment Progress Report (2012) Process: The second annual Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Progress Report, Data Collection Process is now underway.  Programs are asked to report on the results from two program-level student learning outcomes assessed during the previous academic year. Aggregated data are presented annually to both internal and external stakeholders. Programs are currently submitting their reports for the 2010-2011 academic year, which are due April 18. Sample submissions are available on the SLOA Website.

Assessment Grants for 2012-2013: The Provost's Office and the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Office (SLOA) are pleased to announce a new grant opportunity: Student Learning @RIT Assessment Grant. This assessment grant is designed to support the development and implementation of Program-level student learning assessment activities and the assessment of general education outcomes. These grants will promote innovative approaches or improved practice in the assessment of student learning. Four awards will be made in the amount of $1250 each.  Proposals are due May 15, 2012. Faculty Assessment Applications are available on the SLOA Website.

Study Abroad and Fellowships

Spring Quarter Study Abroad: The Study Abroad and Fellowships Office Kicked off spring quarter by sending 118 students abroad during spring break and spring quarter.  Student destinations included Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Dubai, Croatia, Japan, Senegal, China and Australia. The most popular destinations were Prague, Croatia and Germany, which all had over 20 students participate in a program in these locations.

Fulbright Fellowship Recruitment: Recruitment for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship is well underway for next year.  The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office held three information sessions with approximately 90 students attending. Informational workshops for prospective applicants will be held. The first of these is a workshop on "How to Obtain an Affiliation Overseas".

Study Abroad Scholarships: Three CIAS students that have received scholarships towards their study abroad experiences.  Joseph Caprino was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Alliance for Global Education for his study in Xi'an, China this summer; Gabrielle Pugliese received a $750 scholarship from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) towards her study in China this summer; and Carlos Castillo was awarded a $1000 scholarship towards his study in Tokyo, Japan this summer.

CAST student Jennifer Smith has been accepted to participate in the 2012-2013 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals! 75 total participants were chosen among a pool of over 500 applicants, and it is a great accomplishment that Ms. Smith was awarded this unique study- and work-abroad fellowship.

University Studies

Outreach to Fall 2012 Freshman Class:  Freshman enrollment in University Studies is increasing at about 5% each year.  On Sunday, March 25th, USP staff members and student ambassadors called over 200 accepted students to encourage them to attend an upcoming open house for accepted students and to remind them to make their deposit to attend RIT and USP. This annual event is held as part of the recruitment activities directed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

University Studies "Alumnus" and Biomedical Photographic Communications Major lands a co-op in Wales.  Ryan Harriman was one of the inaugural freshman students in the University Studies Program in the fall 2009, coming to RIT with no idea of what he wanted to do in life.  Within one year, he found his passion and began his major in medical photography.  This summer 2012, Ryan will be doing a co-op at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Wales.

University Writing Program

First Year Writing Director appointed: The UWP is delighted to announce that Dr. Dianna Winslow has recently been appointed to serve as the Associate Director of the University Writing Program and First Year Writing Program Director. Her position carries an academic appointment in the College of Liberal Arts, (English Department), and administrative responsibility reporting to the University Writing Program Director. Dr. Winslow received her PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University. As First Year Writing Program Director, Dr. Winslow will provide leadership across the University to promote and foster a culture of writing excellence beginning in the first year.

Implementation of new Institute Writing Policy: In preparation for the full implementation of the revised Institute Writing Policy, the University Writing Program has received approval from Provost Haefner on a proposal that will provide students who have not yet taken "Writing Seminar" to fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement through an array of options. These options will help ensure that no currently enrolled student will be held up for graduation because of the restriction on Writing Seminar offerings. These options are needed because beginning in Fall 2012, all entering first year students will be required to take Writing Seminar in their first year. In order to accomplish this, registration in Writing Seminar for 2012-2013 will be restricted to entering first year students.

FITL: Writing Featured - Dr. Mya Poe (Penn State) will be delivering a keynote address and offering a 2 hour workshop at this year's Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning. Dr. Poe is assistant professor of English at Penn State University, whose research focuses on writing in the disciplines, writing assessment, and racial identity. Prior to Penn State, she was Director of Technical Communication at MIT, where for 10 years she worked with faculty across the curriculum to integrate writing and speaking in science and engineering courses. Her book, Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering (with Neal Lerner and Jennifer Craig) won the 2012 Conference on College Composition and Communication Advancement of Knowledge Award.

Registrar's Office - Going Live "3"

The SIS project team has been hard at work preparing for the third launch of RIT's new student information system (SIS). The third launch introduces self-service portions of our new SIS that will be used by students, faculty, advisors, and academic support staff. Students will use the new SIS to plan their fall 2012-13 class schedules and will begin to enroll in classes in less than two weeks. In order for this to happen the project team had to convert and validate over 14 million rows of data so that all of RIT's current and historical records are accurately reflected in the new system. Our Registrar's Office team has worked many nights and long weekends to prepare for this launch. The project team is working long hours to test the new system during the cutover process.  In addition, college scheduling officers have also worked side by side with the Registrar's Office to make sure the transition within colleges goes smoothly.