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RIT Becomes A "Doctoral University"

RIT says it is now considered a "doctoral university," by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. That's a change from the previous designation of "Masters - Comprehensive."

The change occurs when a university graduates more than 20 Ph.D. degrees per year, a figure that RIT has exceeded in recent years. Last May, RIT awarded 33 doctoral degrees in seven Ph.D. programs, the most in its history.

The Carnegie Classification has developed a framework which is widely used in the study of higher education.

RIT President Bill Destler says the classification change had been expected, and he says it "reflects the rapid upward momentum of RIT over the last several decades."

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.