The Rensselaer Idea Bank is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted an idea! Our strategic planning committees have reviewed the submissions and will reflect on these thoughtful ideas and respond as appropriate in their final reports. We hope to release these final committee reports to the Rensselaer community in early September, with a goal to complete the Rensselaer Forward Plan by December 2023.

Most Recent Ideas


Submitted by thompd4 on Tue, 05/23/2023 - 11:30 AM

Student advising once a year is not beneficial to the majority of the students.   With ARCH, there are constraints on the students that require specific pre reqs.  

Students  who come in with TONS of  AP credit and have finished their freshman classes should transition to the department sooner than Sophomore year.

Students who are struggling, should be meeting with their advisor more often (every semester) so that we can look at loading, discuss strengths and weaknesses to tailor their loading to increase the odds that they will be successful. 
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Engineering Design and the Community

Submitted by thompd4 on Tue, 05/23/2023 - 11:05 AM

It would be great to identify real problems that exist on campus (in facilities, in maintenance, in residence life, athletics, muller center, in the classroom...)  for  that our students in IED can work to solve.  

Partnerships on campus and off campus (hospitals, senior centers, rehab, OT/PT)  will only enrich these learning experiences and may provide a working solution to real challenges on or off campus.

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