STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
1 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone: (585) 475-2411; Fax: (585) 475-7021
|Chief Executive Officer:||Dr. William W. Destler, President|
14942 Undergraduate; 2763 Graduate
|Carnegie Classification:||Master's - Larger Programs|
|Degrees Offered:||Postsecondary Certificate (< 1 year), Postsecondary Certificate (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Master's, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;|
|Distance Education Programs:||Yes|
|Accreditors Approved by U.S. Secretary of Education: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education; Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee|
|Other Accreditors: Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (CAC/ABET); Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (TAC/ABET); Applied Science Commission of ABET (ASC/ABET); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCEDMS); CPTACS-Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society; ARC-PA Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant; AACSB Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; NASP National Association of School Psychologists; IFMA International Facility Management Association|
|Branch Campuses: None|
|Additional Locations: American College of Management and Technology, 242 Ilica, Croatia; American College of Management Technology, Croatia; American University in Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo; Dominican Republic, PUCMM, Dominican Republic; RIT Dubai, Dubai Silicon Oasis, United Arab Emirates|
|Other Instructional Sites: None|
|Status: Member since 1958|
|Last Reaffirmed: November 15, 2012|
Most Recent Commission Action:
|November 15, 2012:||To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.|
Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
|June 28, 2007:||To reaffirm accreditation and to request a progress letter, due by April 1, 2009, documenting implementation of an organized, sustained process to assess the achievement of institutional, program-level, and general education student learning outcomes. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.|
|July 1, 2008:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the following additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation: RIT Dubai, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. To remind the institution of the progress letter, due April 1, 2009, documenting implementation of an organized, sustained process to assess the achievement of institutional, program-level, and general education student learning outcomes. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.|
|June 25, 2009:||To accept the progress letter. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.|
|June 30, 2009:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change proposal submitted by the institution, to accept the institution's decision to close the additional location at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, 10 G St., NE, Washington, DC, and to remove it from the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.|
|September 2, 2009:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change proposal submitted by the institution, to accept the institution's decision to close the additional location at the U.S. Business School in Prague, Czech Republic, and to remove it from the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.|
|November 2, 2010:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, and to include the Master of Architecture degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of documentation of state approval. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.|
|February 16, 2011:||To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from The New York State Education Department and to include the Master of Architecture degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation.|
|March 3, 2011:||To include the additional location at the American College of Management and Technology, 242 Ilica, Zagreb, Croatia, within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.|
|March 3, 2011:||To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change requests, and to include the contractual agreement with Embanet.|
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2016 - 2017
Next Periodic Review Report: 2022
Date Printed: May 19, 2013
Branch Campus - A location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent
of the main campus of the institution. The location is independent if the location: offers courses in
educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own
faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority.
Additional Location - A location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program. ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location.
Other Instructional Sites - A location, other than a branch campus or additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit.
Distance Education Programs - Yes or No indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer one or more degree or certificate/diploma programs for which students could meet 50% or more of their requirements by taking distance education courses.
EXPLANATION OF COMMISSION ACTIONS
An institution's accreditation continues unless it is explicitly suspended or removed. In addition to reviewing the institution's accreditation status at least every 5 years, actions are taken for substantive changes (such as a new degree or geographic site, or a change of ownership) or when other events occur that require review for continued compliance. Any type of report or visit required by the Commission is reviewed and voted on by the Commission after it is completed.
In increasing order of seriousness, a report by an institution to the Commission may be accepted, acknowledged, or rejected.
Levels of Actions:
Grant or Re-Affirm Accreditation without follow-up
Defer a decision on initial accreditation: The institution shows promise but the evaluation team has identified issues of concern and recommends that the institution be given a specified time period to address those concerns.
Postpone a decision on (reaffirmation of) accreditation: The Commission has determined that there is insufficient information to substantiate institutional compliance with one or more standards.
Continue accreditation: A delay of up to one year may be granted to ensure a current and accurate representation of the institution or in the event of circumstances beyond the institution’s control (natural disaster, U.S. State Department travel warnings, etc.)
Recommendations to be addressed in the next Periodic Review Report: Suggestions for improvement are given, but no follow-up is needed for compliance.
Supplemental Information Report: This is required when a decision is postponed and are intended only to allow the institution to provide further information, not to give the institution time to formulate plans or initiate remedial action.
Progress report: The Commission needs assurance that the institution is carrying out activities that were planned or were being implemented at the time of a report or on-site visit.
Monitoring report: There is a potential for the institution to become non-compliant with MSCHE standards; issues are more complex or more numerous; or issues require a substantive, detailed report. A visit may or may not be required.
Warning: The Commission acts to Warn an institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy when the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and a follow-up report, called a monitoring report, is required to demonstrate that the institution has made appropriate improvements to bring itself into compliance. Warning indicates that the Commission believes that, although the institution is out of compliance, the institution has the capacity to make appropriate improvements within a reasonable period of time and the institution has the capacity to sustain itself in the long term.
Probation: The Commission places an institution on Probation when, in the Commission’s judgment, the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and that the non-compliance is sufficiently serious, extensive, or acute that it raises concern about one or more of the following:
Probation is often, but need not always be, preceded by an action of Warning or Postponement. If the Commission had previously postponed a decision or placed the institution on Warning, the Commission may place the institution on Probation if it determines that the institution has failed to address satisfactorily the Commission’s concerns in the prior action of postponement or warning regarding compliance with Commission standards. This action is accompanied by a request for a monitoring report, and a special visit follows. Probation may, but need not always, precede an action of Show Cause.
Suspend accreditation: Accreditation has been Continued for one year and an appropriate evaluation is not possible. This is a procedural action that would result in Removal of Accreditation if accreditation cannot be reaffirmed within the period of suspension.
Show cause why the institution's accreditation should not be removed: The institution is required to present its case for accreditation by means of a substantive report and/or an on-site evaluation. A "Public Disclosure Statement" is issued by the Commission.
Remove accreditation. If the institution appeals this action, its accreditation remains in effect until the appeal is completed.
Other actions are described in the Commission policy, "Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation."