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Academics

Academics

  • Reduced student/faculty ratio from 18:1 in Fall 1999 to 13:1 in Fall 2018.
  • Improved graduation rate from 73% in 1999 to 81% in 2016.
  • Added 25 new academic degree programs since 1999.
  • We have strengthened our faculty with nearly 400 new tenured and tenure-track hires. In total, 85% of our faculty is tenured and tenure-track (2016).
  • Increased the number of women faculty from 52 to 143 — a 175% increase since 1999.
  • Increased the number of underrepresented minority faculty from 52 to 152 — a 192% increase since 1999.
  • Currently have 14 constellation professors as part of our faculty. Have 49 NSF Career Award recipients as part of the Rensselaer faculty.
  • Redesigned Engineering core curriculum. 
  • Expanded life sciences focus in Biology, Chemistry (now Chemistry and Chemical Biology), and Chemical Engineering (now the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering).
  • Established new undergraduate programs in Electronic Arts, Cognitive Science, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences, Information Technology and Web Science, Sustainability Studies, Biological Neuroscience, Business Analytics, Design, Innovation and Society, and Music.
  • Implemented life sciences curriculum requirement for all undergraduates.
  • Implemented required capstone project experience for all undergraduates.
  • Established new Ph.D. programs in Cognitive Science, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Architectural Sciences, Electronic Arts, Critical Game Design, and Multidisciplinary Science. 
  • Revamped MBA curriculum.
  • Implemented program reviews of all graduate programs.
  • Reorganized Rensselaer Hartford Campus, sharpening academic focus and streamlining business operations, and created new signature cohort programs.
  • Established four constellations in biotechnology — at the intersections of important areas in the bio-domain and Rensselaer core strengths in engineering and information technology.
  • Established four constellations in computation and information technology — building upon existing core strengths in microelectronics and microsystems and advanced scientific computation, modeling, and simulation.
  • Developed and implemented The Arch, an initiative that ensures students pursue personal and professional development experiences as part of their education.
  • Introduced data dexterity requirement for all undergraduate students to ensure they graduate proficient in using diverse datasets to define and solve complex problems.
  • Conceived Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center as a bold platform at the intersections of art and science, culture and technology, which opened in 2008.
  • Student-athlete GPA averages exceed those of the student body as a whole.
  • Established Institute-wide Graduate Planning Committee with the Vice Provost as Chair.
  • Delivered a Professional Leadership Series (non-credit course for graduate students) covering topics such as ethical decision-making, personality differences, communication and leadership styles.
  • Delivered training on interactive teaching methods, diversity and culture for new Teaching Assistants.
  • Created Faculty Seed Fund for new research directions.
  • Created Faculty Revitalization Fund for research initiation for new faculty research.
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