Strategic Decisions 2020

Update 10/2/2015: Mid-term Review

Update 4/2/2015: NTID faculty and staff are invited to provide feedback on SD 2020 goals and progress. RIT login required. The deadline to provide online feedback is Friday, April 17th at 4:00 p.m.

Update 9/2/2011: Faculty and staff: Download the Enrollment Targets Committee report. RIT login required.

Download the final report here (RIT login required)

NTID 2020: Shaping NTID's Future Through Innovation

In spring 2010, NTID completed a community-wide strategic planning process involving students, faculty, staff and alumni, which resulted in creation of Strategic Decisions 2020, a roadmap that will guide NTID in the coming decade.

NTID is now implementing the plan, which includes strategic initiatives involving six areas:


  • Pursuing enrollment targets and admissions and programming strategies:
    • Increasing numbers of graduates achieving baccalaureate degrees and higher
    • Maintaining focus and commitment to quality associate-level degree programs leading directly to the workplace
    • Increasing diversity – AALANA students
    • Improving services to under-prepared students:
      • Working with regional partners to implement intensive summer academic preparation programs in selected high-growth, ethnically diverse areas of the country
    • Expanding NTID's role as a National Resource Center of Excellence in the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in high school and at the postsecondary level.
    • Enhancing efforts to become a recognized national leader in the exploration, adaptation, testing and implementation of new technologies to enhance access to, and support of, learning by deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Program and Curriculum Development

  • Review and update NTID career-focused program portfolio
  • Expand 2+2/2+3 degree programs
  • Investigate development of deafness-related bachelor's degrees with other RIT colleges
  • Coordination among technical general education and co-curriculum programs
    • International
    • Community service
    • Soft skills
    • Deaf studies/ASL requirement
  • Expand graduate degrees


  • Educational use of languages in support of graduation requirements
  • Orientation to RIT Deaf community and opportunity to learn ASL
  • Commitment to continuous learning
  • Signing in public spaces by faculty and staff
  • Flexibility in direct instruction
  • Communication expectations for faculty and staff
  • Civil discourse
  • Communicating with external publics



  • Professional development

Innovation and Scholarship Research

  • Center for NTID research
  • Undergraduate and graduate scholarship and innovation
  • Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall
    • Two-story, 23,000 square foot facility
    • Dedicated to innovation and research at the associate degree level
    • Groundbreaking spring 2012
    • Opening 2013