Academic Program Management


A new feature in eZine will be an update on the status of new undergraduate and graduate program proposals:

New Program Proposals

MS Sustainable Systems Golisano Institute of Sustainability Pending NYSED approval
BS/MS Physician Assistant College of Science NYSED Approval - 4/6/2010
BS/MS Chemical Engineering/Science, Tech. & Public Policy KGCOE/COLA NYSED Approval - 6/25/2010
BS Medical Informatics GCCIS and University of Rochester Medical Center NYSED Approval - 6/25/2010
Master's in Architecture CIAS/GIS Pending NYSED approval

New Minor

Medical Informatics GCCIS ICC Approval - May 2010

Please check out our curriculum website for information and guidance on many curriculum questions.

Middle States Periodic Review Report: June 12, 2012

Plans are beginning to be developed for how we will organize campus-wide involvement for the MSCHE Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2012. This report and process are considered a major accreditation event by MSCHE. While an external site visitation team is not required, preparation of RIT's report will require substantial effort. Stay tuned for further information.

Third Generation of Student Success Tiger Team Evolves!

The Office of the Provost and the members of the Student Success Steering Committee are hosting Dr. Ed Venit of the University Leadership Council in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 5th for a special afternoon of conversation on "Hardwiring Student Success: Building Disciplines for Retention and Timely Graduation at RIT." Leaders within Academic Affairs, governance groups and other key offices have been invited to participate in order to develop future strategic strategies around student success.

Academic Affairs welcomes Julie Buehler - ACE Fellow at RIT for the fall...

We are delighted to welcome Julie Buehler to RIT as a fellow in the American Council on Education Fellowship Program. Julie's fellowship objective is to learn more about the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs side of higher education. Julie is currently the Deputy Information Technology Officer at the University at Rochester and works directly for University of Rochester Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph W. Kuncl.

Office of Calendar Conversion

The Office of Calendar Conversion has been creating and updating the online "Packet Menu," a collection of procedures, forms, and resources related to the process of converting RIT programs and courses. While the contents of the Packet Menu are comprehensive, some components have required modification to meet unique requirements or remedy problems. Program documentation and course outline forms will not be further altered; the Conversion Team is committed to leaving them as is.

Dr. Naveda has recently created checklists for use by program proposers, and curriculum review bodies for, converting programs. The checklist can be found in the Packet Menu.

Conversion and governance committees are meeting frequently to address conversion issues and make recommendations. The Office of Calendar Conversion is balancing this evolutionary process of conversion, as well as implementing approved recommendations, responding to concerns, partnering with GeneSIS (Student Information Systems), and facilitating overall conversion communications.

Up to date information is available on the Calendar Conversion website. Inquiries can be sent to

Honors Program

We welcomed 186 new first-year Honors students this fall. In August, Honors co-sponsored the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research & Innovation Symposium. Sixteen students who had participated in the Honors Summer Research Program presented their research at symposium. This fall, the Honors Program and the International Studies Program are sponsors of the seminar series, 'Applying to Graduate School: Mini Prep Sessions'. The series offer practical and conceptual tools to help students during the application process. The first session was a success, with more than twenty students attending. Click here to view the schedule.

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

  • Josh Thomson, 2010 COS Honors graduate and student commencement delegate, was selected for the competitive Teach For America corps. Josh is now teaching in California.
  • Zachary Dell, 2010 COS graduate, passed the Ph.D. Qualifiers before beginning classes at University of Illinois, Champagne!

Study Abroad Program

As the academic year began, the Study Abroad Office offered an inaugural pre-orientation program for 19 freshmen. We continued outreach efforts at the Orientation Resource Fair talking to over 400 students and families.

The Study Abroad Fair was held in the SAU lobby on Tuesday, September 21st from 10am to 3pm. The Fair is the biggest Study Abroad event of the year—representatives were on-hand from programs available to all students at RIT, as well as various offices on campus for students to find out more about what programs are offered and how to get the study abroad process started.

Tuesday, October 5th from 10-2 will be sponsoring a passport drive in the Fireside Lounge. For more information, please visit the Study Abroad website.

The Study Abroad Office is MOVING! Look for us in Global Village in early October.

Institute Advising Office

Another Student Success Tiger Team recommendation has been implemented for the 2010-2011 academic year! All new full-time RIT undergraduate students on the Henrietta campus will be required to meet with an advisor before registering for winter quarter. Students will receive an advising registration hold that will be lifted once advising meetings occur. Delegates and advisors from all of RIT's colleges, the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, and University Studies worked with the Registrar's Office and the Institute Advising Office to define and implement the new processes.

University Studies Program

The University Studies Program begins its' second year and welcomes a new academic advisor, Angelo Fuino, previously an advisor with Saunders College of Business, and 56 new-to-RIT students. This is an enrollment increase of 14% over last fall, which was the pilot year for this new program for undeclared and undecided students at RIT. The diversity of the new students has also expanded to include many more Honors and NTID supported students, as well as external transfer students. Last year's new students were quite successful in finding the right fit for a major. 73% of last year's new-to-RIT students have been admitted into a major of their choice and all eight of the RIT colleges are represented in the students' choices of academic programs. Learn more about the University Studies Program.

Learning Communities

Fall 2010 marks the seventh year of learning communities for freshman at RIT. This year we have 49 learning communities that include about 1100 students. It also marks the beginning of the University Studies Living and Learning Community and the Entrepreneur Hall Living and Learning Community. Students in these two communities not only share classes but they share living space in Residence Hall B and Global Village respectively. This year, we will focus on developing 2-3 more freshman living learning community pilot programs that will be themed based and open to students in any major.

K-12 Partnerships

This summer, the K-12 Programs Office offered several summer camps and enrichment programs to approximately 110 students as follows:

  • STEM Summer Camp Program for 6th and 7th grade students from Rochester City School District (School #19 and Integrated Technology School at Franklin).

    This camp consisted of two week-long residential sessions and gave students the opportunity to explore various STEM curricula and experience life on the RIT college campus. RIT Professors involved included: Computer Networking - Larry Hill; Imaging Science - Joe Pow; Mathemagic - Bernard Brooks & Tamas Wiandt; Geospatial Technology - Guy Johnson; and Human Health and Disease - Doug Merrill. A Rochester City School District teacher and two RIT students were assigned to each workshop to provide individualized support to the students.
  • Summer Youth Employment Program for students from Rochester and Monroe County was offered to assist low income students with skills and resources to acquire workplace readiness skills.
  • Summer Electronics Camp was held where students learned valuable electronics building skills and donated an electronic toy they built to Children Awaiting Parents, a non-profit organization who finds adoptive families for children waiting in foster care.
  • RIT's GEAR UP Program provided a college exploration experience for our senior students. Through collaboration with SUNY, College Access and STEP, students toured several colleges across New York State, as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Washington, DC. These visits provided historical and cultural experiences as well as information needed for the students to decide where their college applications will go this fall.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Newsletter - look for the inaugural newletter, outcomes@rit, which provides an update on assessment-related initiatives and resources.

Website - please take a moment and visit our recently launched website.

Dr. Laurie Clayton

Staff Announcement - Senior Assessment Associate
Dr. Laurie Clayton is the new Senior Assessment Associate for SLOA. Laurie brings a high-level of professional expertise and knowledge and will support the RIT faculty, administration, and staff in the coordination and implementation of program and institutional assessment related initiatives and projects. Laurie has been with RIT for two years and was the Program Coordinator for RIT's Future Stewards Initiative.

Academic Affairs/Office of the Provost

Several of our faculty achieved milestones in their careers with the beginning of this academic year. Join me in congratulating your colleagues who achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor and promotion to other faculty ranks as well as those who received a leave of absence for professional/career development as noted below.

CAST: Harry Cooke achieved tenure and Changfeng Ge achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor; Samuel McQuade was promoted to full professor; and James Hurny was awarded a professional/career development leave.

Saunders College of Business: Qiang (John) Tu was promoted to full professor; Clyde Hull and John Ettlie were awarded a professional/career development leave.

GCCIS: Zachary Butler, Christopher Egert, Scott Hawker, and Minseok Kwon achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor; Hans-Peter Bischof, Anne Haake, and Andrew Phelps were promoted to full professor, and William Stackpole was promoted to associate professor; Tona Henderson, Alan Kaminsky and Thomas Reichlmayr were awarded professional/career development leaves.

KGCOE: David Borkholder achieved tenure; Marcos Esterman and Dorin Patru achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor; Michael Kuhl and Eli Saber were promoted to full professor; and Mark Hopkins, Benjamin Varela and Shanchieh Yang were awarded professional/career development leaves.

CIAS: Elizabeth Kronfield and Adam Smith achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor; Andy Buck, Robin Cass and James Perkins were promoted to full professor; Robin Cass, Denis Defibaugh, Keith Howard, Marianne O'Loughlin and Amos Scully were awarded professional/career development leaves.

CLA: Bharat Bhole, Doris Borrelli, Philippe Chavasse, Bridget Gleeson, William Middleton, Cynthia Perez-McCluskey, Sean Sutton, Katie Terezakis, and Jason Younker achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor; Joseph Fornieri was promoted to full professor and Doris Borrelli, John Capps, Paul Ferber, Suzanne Graney, Ron Hira, Christine Keiner, Scott Merydith, Cyril Reade, and Katie Terezakis were awarded professional/career development leaves.

NTID: Christopher Kurz achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor; Peter Hauser was awarded a professional/career development leave and John Albertini received an administrative leave.

COS: Cara Cavelli, Raluca Felea, Anthony Harkin, and Michael Osier achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor; Carl Lutzer, Darren Narayan, Michael Richmond, Andrew Robinson and Hossein Shahmohamad were promoted to full professor; David Messinger was promoted to associate research professor; and Stefi Baum, Roger Easton, Jr., Richard Hailstone, David Merritt, Christopher O'Dea, and Anthony Vodacek were awarded professional/career development leaves.

Congratulations to staff member, Linda Jones, a member of the inaugural class of the Emerging Leaders Program@RIT!