Academic Program Management

New Program Proposals

Master's in Architecture GIS/CIAS NYSED Approved - 2/8/2011
MFA in Film & Animation CIAS NYSED Approved - 1/13/2011

Title Changes

BS New Media Publishing to
New Media Arts & Technology
CIAS Pending NYSED Approval
BS Digital Cinema to
Motion Picture Science
CIAS Pending NYSED Approval
BS Hospitality & Service Management to
International Hospitality & Service Mgt.
CAST Pending NYSED Approval

Discontinuances - The following programs are pending discontinuance:

College of Science:
Applied Mathematics (AS), Physics (AS), Chemistry (AS), General Science (AS), Chemical Technology (AAS), Chemistry w/ Environmental Option (BS), Electrical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering (BS/MS), Clinical Chemistry (MS), Polymer Chemistry (BS), Chemistry/Chemistry (BS/MS), Biochemistry/Chemistry (BS/MS)

College of Liberal Arts:
Social Work (BS) – NYSED approved discontinuance 2/3/2011

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences:
Learning & Knowledge Management Systems (Adv. Certificate), Information Technology (AAS)

Saunders College of Business:
Health Services Management (BS), Traffic and Transportation Management (BS), General Management (BS)

Applied Optical Technology (AAS & AOS), Computer Aided Drafting Technology (Diploma), Computer Integrated Machining Technology (Diploma)

Please check out the curriculum website for information and guidance on many curriculum questions at:


RIT ABET Self-Studies Documents: Kudos!

The 2010-11 ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Self-Studies prepared by all of RIT's engineering programs, have been selected to be included in a display of well-written Self-Studies at the April 2011 ABET Symposium and will be displayed for others to view as an exemplar. There will be about 45 self-studies on display.

Middle States Periodic Review Report: June 12, 2012

The Periodic Review Report (PRR) Steering Committee has been established and is developing a plan of work. The committee is chaired by Chris Licata and includes: Anne Wahl (Provost's Office); Ed Lincoln (EMCS); Heath Boice-Pardee (SA); Joan Graham (IR); Ross A. Koenig (Finance); and Twyla Cummings (CIAS), as well as 2 faculty members: Richard Cliver (CAST) and Bridget Gleeson Hanna (CLA). This report and process is considered a major accreditation event by MSCHE. Information briefings will be set up during Spring Quarter with campus governance groups. Please stay tuned for further information.

Study Abroad Program

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office is happy to announce that the number of participants moving into the Study Abroad Housing Cluster in Global Village for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year will double. The housing cluster provides students the opportunity to live with other students who have already returned from studying abroad, are currently international students or are planning to study abroad. Cultural events and activities are regularly planned for those who live on the floor.

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office will host its spring Passport Drive on Tuesday, March 15 from 10 - 2 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. The drive is open to all members of the RIT community and their friends and family. Passport books, cards and renewals are able to be processed at the drive. Visit for more information about required materials or contact the Study Abroad & Fellowships Office at 475 4466 for information about the drive.

The Study Abroad & Fellowships Office is holding an information session on Friday, March 11 (6 – 7 p.m.) for students interested in applying for the Fulbright fellowship. The fellowship funds all expenses for one year of living and conducting research or teaching English abroad. The information session will be held in the Study Abroad & Fellowships Office located on the second floor of Global Village above the Cantina & Grille. For questions, contact Jenny Sullivan at

The Honors Program

The Honors Program would like to congratulate the 2011 Honors Research Scholars: Allan Andranikian, Alex Bandoski, Huaijin Chen, Kayla Cole, Taylor Gosselin, Brenton Kapral, James D. McNatt, III, Sara Mikulas, Prashanti Patil, Karen Soule, Saleh Zeidan, Kunagwei Zhang and Jonathan Zimmerman. The students will work on research projects with faculty mentors during the summer, and will present their work at the 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research and Innovation Symposium.

We would also like to congratulate the 30 honors students nominated as Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

Honors faculty member Zack Butler is the director of the spring Computer Science in Croatia Program, which will be worth 12-16 RIT quarter credits. Students enrolled in the program will be registered for the courses: Artificial Intelligence (4003-455) and Mobile Robot Programming (4003-551).

Just two examples of how our Honors Program students and graduates are making us proud:

  • James Wratten Jr. (COS) was recently awarded the Trjitzinsky Scholarship from the American Mathematical Society. He was also selected to participate in the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and spent a summer studying gene drive systems at Texas A&M University. For the past two summers, James has taught mathematics at two orphanage schools in India. After graduation, James intends to pursue his doctorate in mathematics (

  • First Lt. Kathryn Miles (2007 KGCOE, Air Force ROTC and Honors Program graduate), was one of four Air Force officers and enlisted personnel awarded the Lance P. Sijan United States Air Force Leadership Award. Miles led a team in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan that worked to improve security and reconstruct buildings destroyed in combat (
Please stop by the Fireside Lounge on Friday, March 11 to learn more about Honors at the information session, Honors: Open and Exposed.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

The University's Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, in collaboration with the Provost's office, has developed a user-friendly format for collecting program information on the assessment of student learning. The first annual progress report process will be launched soon. Program directors and department chairs will receive information in mid-March on next steps.

This annual reporting provides programs the opportunity to highlight student learning achievement to the campus community (e.g., faculty, students, administrators, employers, accrediting agencies, prospective students) and demonstrates a culture of continuous improvement.

Staff Announcement - Assessment Management System Coordinator

Grace Rubin
Please join us in welcoming Grace Rubin, the new Assessment Management System (AMS) Coordinator for SLOA. Grace received a mathematics degree from the University of Rochester and has spent her extensive professional career working with databases, documentation and process control, as well as developing and conducting training. Grace started her RIT career in November, 2010 and manages the Assessment Management System (Taskstream). As AMS Coordinator, she establishes procedures and business practices, develops documentation, ensures accuracy of all data recorded, performs database maintenance functions, provides technical support for faculty and staff, develops and conducts training and acts as a liaison with Taskstream and the academic and non-academic units.

K-12 Partnerships

STEP Students are Hitting the Road!

Nine RIT Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) students traveled to Union College in Schenectady, New York to compete in the STEP Regional Science Bowl on February 5, 2011. Teams from across New York State participated in this exciting Jeopardy-style science competition sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Two teams from RIT STEP participated; one from Edison Tech High School and one from Rush-Henrietta High School. Congratulations to the RH team who made it through the first match in the semi-final rounds against some very tough teams!

In March, STEP students will travel to Albany, NY for the STEP Annual Conference to present their research projects; another group will travel to St. Louis, MO. for the National Society of Black Engineers Convention.

Middle College is Transitioning from High School to College!

In this last phase of Middle College, 20 students from the Rochester City School District Franklin Educational Campus High School will complete their 4th year of Middle College.

The goal is to help our students and parents have a better understanding about what it actually takes to be a successful college student. This year's Middle College is a ten week-long series of courses and workshops facilitated by the Leadership Institute & Community Service Department and RIT faculty.

Plans are underway for a new Middle College program to begin fall 2011. Rochester City School District staff, RIT's K-12 Office, together with RIT's Planning Team (Bernard Brooks (COS); David Martins (COLA); Rohan Palma (MCAS); Molly McGowan (SA); Chandra McKenzie (Provost's Office) and Eulas Boyd (EMCS) are developing the model.

LPP is Off and Running!

Liberty Partnerships Program has established itself as the lead program in academic services at Greece Olympia High School. Since December, we have been successfully running three after-school tutoring sessions a week with 12 - 20 students per session. The goal is to serve 30 - 35 students per class by April. Along with tutoring in the core subjects, we are also providing Spanish and SAT Prep.

This month we have also began a 15 week series titled "Keys to Success" that will explore college readiness and career exploration through workshops, campus visits and guest presenters.

University Studies

Please join us in celebrating recent promotions and welcoming new staff in The University Studies Program. These new people and new roles offer change and opportunity ahead for the program as it continues serving the undecided students at RIT.

Mr. Angelo Fuino
Mr. Angelo Fuino has been promoted to Assistant Director and begins his new administrative role this week, a position vacated by Ms. Colleen Manioci who has joined the Academic Support Center as their new Interim Assistant Director.

Mr. Dewey Lawrence
Mr. Dewey Lawrence will be joining USP in April as a Senior Academic Advisor. Currently a professional advisor in the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, Dewey has a breadth of institutional knowledge with a background in school counseling. He completed his MS in Counselor Education at SUNY Brockport in 2008.

Ms. Susan Lindsay
Ms. Susan Lindsay began her role this week as Senior Staff Assistant and will be providing support to the students and staff. Susan most recently worked at RIT in the College of Science and recently completed her MS in Service Leadership & Innovation at RIT.