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RIT Division of Instructional Development and Planning records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0132

Scope and Contents

The RIT Division of Instructional Development and Planning records contain minutes, meeting agendas, memorandums, and reports related to the unit. The memorandums deal with a variety of issues such as department updates, meeting information, and department requests. In addition to a report submitted to the president of the Institute, the collection includes an organizational map and division objectives. There are also documents on the "Ascent of Man" PBS broadcast, compiled by the group.


  • Creation: 1970-1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

In February 1970 several departments at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) were reorganized under the newly formed Division on Instructional Development and Planning. According to one organizational chart, these departments included the Wallace Memorial Library, Computer Services, and Instructional Research and Development (IRD). Several other groups fell under the purview of these three departments. For instance, the Media Design Center (MDC), Instructional Television Center (ITV), Instructional Resource Laboratory (IRL), and Research Center were all under IRD.

In a report submitted to RIT's president in 1970, Paul A. Miller, the purpose of this new administrative structure was described as follows:

  • To coordinate and focus the instructional technologies with evaluative instructional research and development
  • To stress the place of the library as an aggressive, major learning center
  • To centralize computing activities and to provide broadly this twentieth century technology for the learning processes and the processes of administration
  • To research and to make more fruitful those teaching-learning situations central to the Institute's purpose: education.
  • Extent

    .5 Linear Feet (3 folders in 1 document box with other collections)




    Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Division of Instructional Development and Planning. The unit was formed in 1970 to coordinate instructional technology and services on RIT's campus. The collection includes minutes, memorandums, and reports from the department.


    Materials in the collection are divided into four series: Minutes and agendas, Memorandums, Reports, and Miscellaneous materials. Items are arranged chronologically within each series.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.

    RIT Division of Instructional Development and Planning records
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    18 March 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA