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RIT president looks toward university's future

Feb 5, 2018

Credit rit.edu

The Rochester Institute of Technology's newest president spoke on the future of the university at a luncheon on Monday.

David Munson said in the process of revising their strategic plan, the college is looking for ways to adapt to an ever-changing educational landscape.

Munson joined the college in 2017 and says they are planning to offer more research programs, as well as branch out past their traditional STEM focus.

"We also want to build out our business school, our health sciences college and also our liberal arts college, in ways that are unique to RIT. I think there is a way to offer an English degree or a history degree in this modern age where that student who graduates will have excellent job prospects."

He says they also want to recruit more creative students and faculty.

"But those kinds of students and faculty, they’re looking for certain kinds of programs. These are multi-talented people, they’re not looking to be pigeon holed and so we're going to have to loosen up our curricula a bit. Offer even more than we already do in the way of experiential learning."

Munson was the former dean of the University of Michigan's College of Engineering, he is the 10th president of the university.