Academic Program Management

Calendar Conversion

The Senior Associate Provost's office is working in close collaboration with University Publications on the 2012-2013 undergraduate and graduate bulletins. This edition of the bulletins will display the courses in each program under quarters and semesters. Data for the semester charts was taken from Table 1 course information that was prepared by programs as part of the documentation sent to New York State Education Department.

Update on Program Approvals:

Academic Program Calendar Conversion Update



RIT's MSCHE Periodic Review Report (PRR) Steering Committee held meetings with the executive committees of RIT Governance groups and with the President's Cabinet and the Provost's Leadership Council to solicit feedback on one critical section of the Periodic Review Report, "Major Challenges and Opportunities". The entire report will be posted on the Web for review by the RIT community from mid-February to mid-March.

Honors Program

As we begin 2012, we are proud to focus on the civic engagement of honors students, who continue to exemplify the principles of leadership, scholarship and citizenship. From the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year, honors students have already engaged in over 2,600 hours of community service. Their activities take place on campus, in the local Rochester community, and in their home communities. They include a focus on science and technology education, service with religious organizations, executive positions on the boards of student organizations, housing advocacy, tutoring, mentoring young girls and working with the elderly.

Here are a few of their community service activities:

Smile Train: A non-profit organization that provides free corrective surgeries for children born with a cleft lip and palate. Participated in Charity Bake Sale Christina Vullo
Peter Tummillo
Daniel Wieme
Girl Scout Troop #60180: Co-leader of Troop Holli Monroe KGCOE
Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior: volunteer leader for fundraiser, girls in grades 1 through 6 Cassandra Jost NTID
FIRST Lego League team: Mentor for Middle School students David Wilson GCCIS
Margaret's House Child Care Center: Volunteer with 4 and 5 year olds Jessica Dill KGCOE
Newman Church Choir: Volunteer: Trombone Charles Discavage GCCIS
Buffalo Food Bank: Volunteer sort and package donations Samantha Kenyon KGCOE
Blossom Nursing Home: Volunteer and Ontario ARC volunteer for PET Connections Program Amy Zeller KGCOE
McPeaks Adult Home: Volunteer with meals and recreational areas for seniors Jonathon Greene KGCOE
Reconstruction of Halkett Bypass System: Volunteer to make a working reconstruction Allan Andranikian KGCOE

College-side leadership activities in CIAS: In CIAS, honors students volunteered on National Portfolio Day, which hosted over 500 area students and their families for a day. Honors students assisted with registration, giving tours, and running a concession stand. The students created a great atmosphere for visitors, talked to prospective students, and showed their tiger spirit all day long.

CIAS honors students also participated in fundraising projects to fund their winter leadership trip to Britain. Eight students traveled over the winter break to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin with art historian Peter Gabak, and Assistant Dean, Debbie Kingsbury. They visited numerous museums, ruins, churches, and castles - learning about the history, art, culture and architecture of the region. The picture below is from Trinity College in Dublin where the students learned about the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript book created in Latin by Celtic monks approximately 800 AD or slightly earlier.

The Edinburgh, Scotland meeting was over a traditional Scottish meal of peas, salmon, mashed potatoes, and Scottish shortbread. Professor Tim Engstrom from the College of Liberal Arts (who attended university in Edinburgh) joined CIAS Honors and talked about the locale, the people, and the culture. The Dublin, Ireland meeting took place over a meal of Irish stew, soda bread, and bailey's cupcakes. Art historian Peter Gabak lectured on the Book of Kells, the area cathedrals, and other artifacts. The London meeting was held at the Old Toad on Alexander Street where they shared traditional British dishes and learned about the culture.

Institute Advising Office and Learning Communities Program

The Institute Advising Office continues to participate in GeneSIS project planning and implementation. We are looking forward to an upcoming "fit/gap" process for retention support so we may have a better understanding of what the system offers. Kaaren Thompson, Retention & Advising Technology Manager, has accepted a new opportunity and will be acting as a technology coordinator in the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES system. We wish her continued success, and thank her for her contributions to the GeneSIS project!

The Institute Advising Office continues to offer a series of professional development workshops through the Center for Professional Development. The "Professional Development for RIT Advisors" series is composed of 10 workshops; most are offered at least twice per year. For workshop details, please visit

The Learning Communities held some great student events during fall quarter, including a pool tournament, a game night in RITchie's Game Room, movie nights, study sessions, as well as demonstrating a few very cool chemistry experiments to the kindergarten class at Margaret's House. More events are in the works for this quarter! There are 50 students in Living/Learning Communities and 995 students in Academic LC's. We also hosted a Learning Community faculty and staff reception in the College of Science Atrium.

K-12 Programs

Science & Technology Entry Program

STEP Saturday Academy Winter session begins: STEP students from the Edison Tech, Rush Henrietta, and Greece Olympia High Schools, along with a group of Urban League students, will be on campus working with RIT Faculty to explore a variety of STEM majors; Four project based workshops have been developed to allow the students the opportunity to learn about their area of interest and to complete a research project that could be presented at the STEP Statewide Annual Conference in Albany. Faculty members, Dr. Irene Evans – DNA Science, Lawrence Hill - Computer Science, Michael Coleman – Chemistry, and Robert Osgood - Health Sciences, will assist the students with their research.

Middle College Started

The K-12 Office launched the Middle College program, which serves 50 high achieving 9th grade students from the Rochester City School District. Parents and students attended an orientation on campus in early December. This program, which runs from January 7 to mid-May, will focus on career exploration, rigorous academic skill building and college readiness. Students will work with faculty from a variety of colleges on campus, staff from the Leadership Institute and RIT students.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Assessment Progress Report 2012: In spring 2011, the Assessment Office together with the university's Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (SLOAC) launched the first annual Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Progress Report. Each undergraduate and graduate program was asked to report on their program-level assessment activities. From the 2010-2011 academic year the response rate was 97%; the aggregated data will be included in the MSCHE Periodic Review Report. As a follow up to this reporting, three undergraduate programs (Criminal Justice, Game Design and Development, and Mechanical Engineering) were showcased at the July 2011 Board of Trustees Education Committee meeting.

In fall 2011, progress report feedback was disseminated to the colleges to support program-level assessment practices and help with future submissions of the annual progress report. Each program also received a PDF copy of the progress report. Programs are asked to report on the results from two student learning outcomes assessed during AY 2010-11. The Provost's Office will send information about the progress report to programs chairs and directors at the end of February, with an April 15 due date.

If you have questions about the progress report, please contact the SLOA Office at 585.475.2310.

Study Abroad and Fellowship

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office worked with a total of 45 students studying abroad during Fall Quarter. These students represented all nine of RIT's colleges and traveled to a total of 12 different countries, including Australia, China, Peru, Spain and a few others. The most popular destinations for students were Croatia (with over 20 students studying abroad), Italy and England. Among the students who studied abroad in Croatia, 10 participated in the biomedical sciences program led by Dr. Douglas Merrill.

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office will hold its semi-annual Passport Drive this spring on Thursday, March 15th from 10-2pm in the Fireside Lounge. The Monroe County Clerk's Office will be on hand to process applications for the passport book, passport card and passport renewals. New passport applications for individuals over 16 years of age will cost $135 and photos will be available on site for $7 per set. Proof of identity and citizenship are required to apply. For more information about passports, including a list of acceptable identification, please visit the Monroe County Clerk's website at

University Studies

Princeton Review On-Line Highlights the RIT University Studies Program. Fall 2011 news release written by RIT's Marcia Morphy about the RIT University Studies program, was selected as the Princeton Review Editor's picks. A link to the complete article can be found here: Princeton Review Highlight of USP

Susan Kratzer

University Studies Freshman selected to represent USP and CMS on the RIT Honors Student Council for 2011-2012. A new position on the RIT Honors Student Council was launched this academic year. Ms. Susan Kratzer, a USP honors freshman from Getzville, NY was appointed as the inaugural student representative. Susan is already busy at work organizing a social and community service event for the Honors students in both programs with plans to include the USP "honors alumni" who have moved into other RIT majors.

University Writing Program

In preparation for the implementation of RIT's new writing intensive course requirements, starting this spring, Dr. David Martins, Director of the University Writing Program will offer a stretch-Faculty Learning Community (Spring-Summer-Fall) focused on the design, delivery, and assessment of Writing Intensive (WI) courses. Participants will collaborate with colleagues to create engaging learning environments using informal and formal writing assignments, develop and implement sequenced writing tasks, engage in best practices for responding to student writing, and convert quarter-based syllabi and schedules to a semester-length calendar. Other topics to be discussed include using technology in a WI course and English for Academic Purposes. Interested faculty planning to teach WI courses starting at conversion 2013-14, please contact Dr. Martins:

The University Writing Program is being created, in part, through the transition of the Writing Center from the Academic Support Center, and the First Year Writing Program from the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts to the Office of Academic Affairs. With assistance from Andy Perry, Program Coordinator for Writing in the Academic Support Center, Lisa Hermsen, English Department Chair, and Dianna Winslow, Interim Director of First Year Writing, transition plans continue to be developed and implemented for a July 1, 2012 "start" date.


Late last Fall (2011), David Martins (RIT), Michael Starenko (RIT), and Rebecca Charry (ACMT) traveled from Rochester, NY, and Dubrovnik, Croatia, to New York City to participate in SUNY's Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. As Institute Fellows, they joined international partners from around the globe for a three-day intensive workshop to develop curricula for high quality, globally networked online learning. The RIT-ACMT partnership is focused on the pedagogical, technological, and educational opportunities of blending two first-year writing courses that will help prepare students for global work and citizenship.