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Institutional Advancement Commission records

 Collection — Folder: 1-5
Identifier: RITArc-0038

Scope and Contents

The Institutional Advancement Commission records contain research materials used by the Commission to create its final report. The correspondence in the collection is mostly from business leaders that had hired Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) alums. These individuals were asked to provide feedback on the university's successes and shortcomings in educating the work force.

The collection also includes reports from the nine academic areas of the university: College of General Studies, College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Graphic Arts and Photography, College of Business, College of Continuing Education, Institute College, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. These reports include background and data on the various colleges including histories, faculty information, tenure criteria, facilities overviews, descriptions of service involvement, and stated goals and philosophies. Most reports also include enrollment figures and other relevant data.

In addition to the individual college reports, the collection includes some background research on topics such as a history of higher education, career-based educational programs, and RIT's educational system. A copy of the Commission's final report is located at the end of the collection.


  • Creation: 1975-1978


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Institutional Advancement Commission was started in 1975. Its purpose was to advise the president of the university and the Board of Trustees on the future direction of the Institute. The Commission began collecting data on the various colleges of the university in the spring of 1976. Additionally, they solicited feedback from the various corporations that had hired RIT graduates. This data, along with research on the field of higher education, public relations of the Institute, and the unique aspects of the institution were used to create a report. The report was titled "Renewal and Responsiveness: Guiding principles, purposes and processes for sustaining the momentum, uniqueness and public service through the 1980s of the Rochester Institute of Technology," and was published in March 1977. The report pulled data from various sources and discussed the implications for RIT as it headed into the next decade. The report also discussed RIT's identity among opinion leaders, alumni, and the community.


0.4 Linear Feet (5 folders)




Records of the institutional Advancement Commission, an organization started in 1975 to determine the future direction of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The collection contains reports from the university's nine academic areas as well as background research on higher education and RIT's unique role. There is also some correspondence and a final report published by the commission.


The collection is divided into four series: Correspondence and meeting schedule, General reports, Individual college reports, and Final report. Materials are arranged chronologically within each series.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 783, Boxes 4-5

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in December 2010.

Institutional Advancement Commission records
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
08 December 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA