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Teaching: Students Prepared to Make a Difference

Goal

Ensure that Purdue is globally recognized as the preferred source of agriculture, food, natural resources, and life-science undergraduates who are prepared to lead and make a positive impact, whatever their career paths. Cultivate Purdue Agriculture students’ expectations to work hard, rise to challenges, and make a difference.


INITIATIVE 1: Increase recruitment and retention of well-qualified students in support of University initiatives to broaden access to the Purdue experience.

Actions:
  • Increase accessibility by managing hurdles to enrollment at Purdue University.
  • Strengthen the P–14 and Science/Technology/Engineering/Agriculture/Mathematics (STEAM) education pipeline to support student recruitment.
  • Build a robust transfer pipeline with community colleges and regional campuses.
  • Develop and implement a recruiting strategy to increase the number, participation, and success of underrepresented minority undergraduate students.
  • Enhance recruitment of students currently enrolled at Purdue in Exploratory Studies.
  • Engage learners who are not able to benefit from traditional lecture and lab formats by enhancing nonresidential, online, and modular learning opportunities.

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​INITIATIVE 2: Develop students’ abilities to adapt the knowledge and technology of their disciplines to collaborate effectively with people of different cultures.

Actions:
  • Build a learner-centered environment where the land-grant mission is valued and student interdisciplinary achievement and success is celebrated.
  • Assist students as they take control of their lives and choose the best experiences for their professional and personal well-being.
  • Strengthen leadership programs to meet the intentional learning outcomes of all cocurricular opportunities and to encourage leadership engagement across the university and beyond.
  • Create new and update current curricula using innovative instructional technologies to enhance the learning experiences of resident students and to provide flexible access to the undergraduate program.

INITIATIVE 3: Integrate the development of cultural awareness into all on-campus, cocurricular, and study-abroad student experiences.

Actions:
  • Broaden students’ worldviews through intercultural development on campus as well as domestic and international study-away experiences.
  • Integrate instructors’ international experiences and expertise into their courses and learning experiences.
  • Enhance on-campus and study-abroad strategies to emphasize the Purdue Undergraduate Core Curriculum learning outcomes of Human Cultures, Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility, and Intercultural Knowledge and Effectiveness.
  • Ensure that training is provided for instructors on creating inclusive classroom environments and that a diversity statement is included in all course syllabi.

INITIATIVE 4: Emphasize faculty and academic staff development, recognition, and support in teaching and learning as it relates to the student experience.

Actions:
  • Elevate the priority of hiring, retaining, promoting, and rewarding faculty members for their efforts and commitment to academic programs and to student engagement, mentoring, growth, and development.
  • Create a support structure, a culture, and the on-campus learning facilities/space that emphasize excellence of teaching and learning, and especially experiential learning, undergraduate research, service learning, and student engagement with industry partners and projects.
  • Support the faculty in delivering relevant, cutting edge, and broadly applicable curricula using contemporary pedagogies to help students maximize the value of their learning experiences.
  • Develop more effective academic advising structures that support students and encourage them to take control of their time-to-degree while taking full advantage of faculty engagement and the entire Purdue educational experience.
  • Support faculty members and train them to share discipline knowledge with new audiences by incorporating nonresidential, online, and modular programs in addition to traditional lectures and labs.

INITIATIVE 5: Deepen collaboration with partners who seek Purdue Agriculture graduates.

Actions:
  • Establish new and strengthen existing ties with employers and industry partners from agriculture, food, natural resource, and life science areas.
  • Leverage industry partnerships in co-curricular offerings, including research, leadership, interdisciplinary experiential and service-learning, and internship opportunities.
  • Establish new and strengthen existing ties with peers—together training the next generation of agriculture, food, natural resource, and life science professionals.
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