RIT Long Range Planning Committee records

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for RIT Long Range Planning Committee
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

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RIT Long Range Planning Committee records
Rochester Institute of Technology. Office of the Provost.
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Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Long Range Planning Committee. Although the committee did exist prior to Dr. Paul A. Miller's term as university president, Miller asked the group to publish a series of long range planning reports during the 1970s. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, administrative documents, annual reports, and other research materials, as well as copies of the final reports.
5.8 Linear feet (4 file boxes, 1 document box)
C.S. South, Shelf 479-481
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for RIT Long Range Planning Committee (Collapse)

When Dr. Paul A. Miller became president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1969, the university was in a period of growth and transition. The school had just moved from downtown Rochester to the suburbs of Henrietta to accommodate an increasing number of programs and students. Seeing a need to provide direction for the university, Miller devised a "master plan" for RIT, which he presented to the RIT community. The five basic goals of the plan were:

  • To maintain constant fiscal solvency
  • To remain private
  • To be demonstrably unique among institutions of higher learning
  • To make all students technically competent in some chosen field
  • To prepare all students for the civic, personal, and social areas of life

Miller suggested that the school's Long Range Planning Committee engage in "thoughtful discussion" on critical problems facing higher education in general, with specific focus on RIT. The Committee was to produce a report on a selected key issue. In 1971, the group published its first report titled, "What are the potential sources of financial support for a private institute of technology?" That same year, the New York State legislature approved a bill that required all colleges and universities in the state to submit reports toward a state-wide master plan. With the plan being set for publication in 1972, members of the Long Range Planning Committee scrambled to compile useful data for the state.

Although the Long Range Planning Committee was made up of various people, several individuals played a prominent role. For instance, Leo F. Smith, Vice President for Academic Administration and then Executive Assistant to the President; Edward S. Todd, Vice President for Instructional Development and Planning; and Eugene Fram, Professor of Marketing compiled the committee's first report. Todd H. Bullard, RIT's first Provost, also played a prominent role in much of the committee's activities.

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The RIT Long Range Planning Committee records consist of materials related to the group's activities during the 1960s and 1970s. A large part of the collection includes research compiled by the committee in preparing reports on the Institute's future. For instance, there are estimated budget materials and other financial records; annual reports from the various colleges of the university; results from surveys conducted during the late 1960s and early 1970s; and committee proposals and meeting minutes. Final reports of the committee are also included in the collection such as "RIT in the 1970's: A Master Plan" (Report No. 5), published in 1972. The collection also includes correspondence related to the committee's research and projects.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

This collection is currently unprocessed.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, a folder-level inventory is available. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

RIT Long Range Planning Committee records

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bullard, Todd H., (Todd Hupp)
  • Fram, Eugene H.
  • Smith, Leo F.
  • Todd, Edward S. , (Edward Stephen)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Office of the Provost.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Administration.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Planning.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Long Range Planning Committee.


  • College administrators -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records

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Preferred Citation

RIT Long Range Planning Committee records, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number: 99:04

Source of Acquisition

Materials were given to the RIT Archive Collections by the Office of the Provost in 1999.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in January 2011.

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RIT Archives

RIT Office of the Provost records, 1957-2001

RIT Office of the Provost records, 1960-1992

Several of the Long Range Planning Committee's reports are also accessible through the library's catalog.

Plan of Work seminar records and audiocassettes

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