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RIT Academic Support Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0181

Scope and Contents

The RIT Academic Support Center records consist of materials related to the Academic Support Center (ASC) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its predecessor, the Learning Development Center (LDC). The collection includes correspondence, schedules, newsletters, promotional materials, annual reports, clippings and other related items. The schedules list activities planned through the office, while the promotional materials advertise upcoming events and general services available to students. There are annual reports from 1990-2007, as well as administrative correspondence and clippings.

The instructional materials in the collection consist of research findings, as well as teaching guides. There is a folder of miscellaneous materials that contains a timeline, as well as statistics and a student affairs directory.


  • Creation: 1974-2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Academic Support Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can trace its origins to the founding of the Reading Laboratory in 1953. Started by A. B. Herr, the Reading Laboratory provided instruction in reading and writing to children in the local community. Around 1967, the Lab was renamed the Reading and Study Clinic. Students at the university could visit the Clinic to find help in reading, writing, and math, or to hone their study skills. As the services offered by the Clinic became more comprehensive, it was replaced by the Learning Development Center (LDC) in 1974. The LDC continued to expand its services, offering English language programs for non-native speakers and building a program for the local community. In 2004, the LDC was renamed the Academic Support Center (ASC).

As of 2011, the ASC still provided tutoring services to the students at RIT. The office continues to offer workshops, classes, and labs for reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. According to their website, ASC's goal is to help students "improve their study techniques" and "make the most of their individual learning abilities."


1.3 Linear Feet (1 document box, 1 lid box)




Materials related to the Rochester Institute of Technology's Academic Support Center and its activities. The office provides academic and remedial support services to students at the university. The collection includes correspondence, schedules, newsletters, promotional materials, annual reports, clippings, and other related material.


The collection is divided into eight series: Correspondence, Schedules, Newsletters, Promotional materials, Instructional materials, Annual reports, Clippings, and Miscellaneous. Items are arranged chronologically within each series whenever possible.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 07:105

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in June 2011.

RIT Academic Support Center records
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
10 June 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA