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Task Force on the 80s records

 Collection — Folder: 1-4
Identifier: RITArc-0037

Scope and Contents

The Task Force on the 80s records contain documents from the group from 1977-1979. The correspondence in the collection is split into external correspondence and internal memoranda. Both series contain documents dealing with the activities of the task force and plans for the future. Additionally, the correspondence series includes letters to and from other universities, inviting representatives to participate in the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) case study.

The collection also includes meeting minutes and agendas, as well as miscellaneous planning documents. Copies of committee reports, preliminary findings, and the final report are located in a separate series at the end of the collection.


  • Creation: 1977-1979


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Task Force on the 80s was initiated in September 1977 by Paul A. Miller, president of the university. A team was formed with the primary task of drafting a plan for "RIT's response to the environment of the 80s." RIT had grown rapidly over the previous few years, a fact that was attributed to its unique approach to higher education. The university administration surveyed 250 members of the RIT community to determine the two most important issues facing the Institute as it moved into the next decade. From these results, two topics of study were selected: the nature and scope of the Institute's academic program and the quality of student life at RIT.

The Academic Programs Issue Team was led by Barbara Hodik and Joseph Lippert and the Quality of Student Life Issue Team was led by Thomas Plough and Joanne Subtelny. Rather than participate in the typical self-study procedure required by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools' reaccreditation process, RIT decided to use each topic as a case study. Starting January 5, 1978, a two-day workshop was held to help develop the two issues. The following three areas were selected for each topic: Academic Programs

  • The nature of General Education in a technical/professional institution
  • The enhancement of professional experiences between academic areas
  • The process of academic program development and review
  • Extent

    4 Folder(s)




    Documents from the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Task Force on the 80s. The group was created in 1977 as part of RIT's reaccreditation process. The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, agendas, committee reports, and miscellaneous planning documents.


    The collection is divided into five series: Correspondence, Memoranda, Minutes and agenda, Miscellaneous planning documents, and Reports. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically when possible. All items are housed in a single box, with each series being in a separate folder.

    Physical Location

    C.S. South, Shelf 785, Box 12A

    Related Materials

    Institutional Advancement Commission records, RITArc.0038

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in December 2010.

    Task Force on the 80s records
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    08 December 2010
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA