Case 5: Curriculum

From the 1920s through the 1970s, changes in education, enrollment patterns due to World War I and World War II, as well as areas of national interest shifted the emphasis of education at the Institute.

In terms of curriculum and focus, RAMI was renamed Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944 to reflect its firm commitment to technology education. Second, the focus of training was reframed.

Training areas were based upon local demand, once again affirming the commitment between industry needs and educational opportunity. The Evening School is strong evidence of this relationship. To allow for the expansive possibilities afforded the enrollee upon completion of a series of courses, the class activities served as duty lists for students in training. These duty lists were grouped together to form units of instruction which were then assembled into courses and, in turn, curricula.

From 1946 to 1969, the Institute grew in an unprecedented way. Student enrollments were up; many buildings were added to campus until further growth was impossible. Some of these changes were facilitated by the rapid growth of stat-supported two-year colleges after World War II.


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