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RIT academic calendar studies records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0399

Scope and Contents

RIT Calendar Studies records consist of correspondence, surveys, reports and clippings from 1964-1990. Everything is arranged chronologically within the three folders. One report was the official findings of a survey conducted by Nelson Associates that recommended that the University switch to a trimester system. Each folder has a detailed inventory of contents.


  • Creation: 1964-1990
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1968 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

RIT began to review the academic calendar in the mid-1960s. Changes were recommended based on what would be best for students and faculty. A study was conducted by the Faculty Calendar Committee and a proposal was sent out to different colleges within RIT proposing that the University switch from a quarter system to a trimester system. Many departments and faculty were not happy with this proposed change.

In 1965 a study was released that was done under the guidance of Nelson Associates through a grant received from the Fund for the Advancement of Education. This study examined the effects that switching from a quarter to a trimester system would have on faculty, students and enrollment. A trimester calendar was proposed. However, the quarter system calendar continued to stay in place. Review of the institute calendar was done every 4 years starting in the 1970’s to ensure that the system the University had settled on was still fulfilling the needs of both students and faculty.

In 2010-2012 RIT transitioned from the quarter system to semester system, which began in Fall 2013.


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




The collection contains various records, correspondence, surveys and clippings related to RIT’s Calendar Studies.


Materials are contained within 3 folders. The folders are arranged by subject and chronologically within the folder. The collection is divided into 3 series: Proposed Changes to Calendar, 11th Week Experiment and Review of Institute Calendar.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

RIT academic calendar studies records

Related Materials


This collection of three folders is housed in a document box with other single-folder collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Emily Kolenberg in July 2012.

RIT calendar studies records
RIT Archives
Emily Kolenberg
10 July 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA