RIT Announces College Name Changes, Reorganized Academic Affairs

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RIT School of Media Sciences is moving to the College of Engineering Technology


Two of Rochester Institute of Technology’s larger colleges are changing their names to better reflect their academic missions and opportunities for students.

College of Art and Design will be the new name for what is now known as the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

College of Engineering Technology was chosen for what is now the College of Applied Science and Technology.

The new names take effect with the Fall 2018 semester, so diplomas of students graduating in December 2018 will bear the new college titles.

The new names were announced along with changes in the organization of the Provost’s Office, including the promotion of Christine Licata from senior associate provost to vice provost and the creation of University Studies, a division that will include the School of Individualized Studies (SOIS), University Exploration and RIT’s Honors Program. That division will report to James Hall, who will hold the title of dean of University Studies while retaining his title as executive director of SOIS. Robin Cass will remain as interim dean of the College of Art and Design and S. Manian Ramkumar continues as interim dean of the College of Engineering Technology.

“We’re very excited to announce these changes,” said Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “The new names will allow us to better brand the educational opportunities those colleges offer, so we can continue to attract the finest students. RIT has long been recognized as one of the nation’s best universities in these areas of study, and these name changes will help prospective students looking for careers in these areas to easily identify RIT as their top choice.”

Haefner said the new names also reflect the changing nature of these fields and the course offerings needed to prepare students for careers in these areas.

RIT has nine colleges, with schools and academic departments within each. The College of Art and Design includes five schools, many of which offer nationally ranked graduate and undergraduate programs in the fine arts: American Crafts; Art; Design, Film and Animation and Photographic Arts and Sciences. The School of Media Sciences is moving to the College of Engineering Technology to better align the curriculum with printing industry trends.

The College of Art and Design, which has some 25,000 alumni around the world, currently has more than 1,600 undergraduates and 290 graduate students, and more than 140 full-time faculty.

The College of Engineering Technology includes four departments: civil engineering technology, environmental management and safety; electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering technology; manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology; and packaging science, plus RIT’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs. The college, which currently has 1,586 undergraduate and 303 graduate students, and 77 full time faculty, offers 10 undergraduate and seven graduate academic programs. It was previously announced that the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation will move to Saunders College of Business, effective in Fall 2018.


By Werner Rebsamen on May 21, 2018

Finally! Kudos to the new RIT president and their foresight what printing is. For 20 some years, this former member of the print Faculty addressed the Research and Engineering Council of the Graphic Arts, an annual event where 400 some industry experts exchanged their newest print finishing concepts. RIT should combine this with packaging science and keep typography, layout and design in the college of Arts and Design. My daughter, with a MS RIT degree in computer graphics, just finished working on a book on Sourdough, Four Days to Happiness. She furnished all 500 photographs and all layouts and designs, ready for printing. I had the pleasure teaching the concepts of Print Production Planning and aspects of Finishing, these truly being engineering concepts to produce a product in the most economical and efficient way.


By Werner Rebsamen on May 22, 2018

Finally! While teaching 26 years at the former School of Printing, I have always realized, that we were teaching two entirely different segments, one connected strictly to the Arts, that is Typography / Layouts and Design, the others which covered the actual print technologies like Color Sciences, inks, printing and print-finishing. Let us hope, RIT finally does separate the two segments and add Packaging to the Print-Engineering concept. That would be a true winner, attracting many potential print engineering students.
I had the pleasure and privilege to teach Print Production Planning and all aspects of Finishing, both being truly engineering concepts to produce a printed product in a most economical and efficient way.



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