Friday, August 27th, 2010 - 9:49 am

Chancellor’s Message

Becoming a high-quality, full-service regional university

Chancellor Cohen

Dear Friends,

Over its nearly 65-year history, Purdue Calumet has evolved to meet the growing needs of Northwest Indiana. What began as a technical training arm of Purdue University to expand education for industrial managers and workers during and after World War II, evolved into an extension campus operated in our region from West Lafayette.

After gaining academic program autonomy in 1974, Purdue Calumet became a regional “access” campus that provided associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees for commuting students. Currently, Purdue Calumet is addressing regional needs through program expansion, differentiation from our local community college system, and an emphasis on experiential learning. We are truly becoming a high-quality, full-service regional university.

Student success, vibrant campus, quality education
Guided by purposeful strategic planning, we have invested heavily in student success toward the goal of attaining a respected Purdue degree. We have worked to make our campus more vibrant by developing student housing and, with it, a vibrant campus community.

To provide the quality education our region deserves, we have strengthened our admission standards, increased scholarship dollars, expanded our intercollegiate athletic program to attract well-rounded students, and made our campus more inviting and user friendly for students and the community.

Advisory councils & advancing NW Indiana
To develop a high-quality, full-service regional university, we have sought the insight of our many advisory councils and then attempted to be responsive with the academic programs we deliver. The exchange and interaction among our faculty, staff and community advisors contributed to the introduction of our innovative, experiential learning requirement that integrates traditional classroom learning with real world context applications.

Through university resources, faculty expertise, student ambition and a sense of responsibility, we also are making significant contributions advancing Northwest Indiana and its economic development by assisting business and industry.

Responding to needs, anticipating trends
Over the next decade, on-line education will emerge as a viable and prudent method for delivering quality learning to students with highly mobile, complex lives. I am pleased to report that Purdue Calumet has positioned itself as a key player in that process with programs in nursing, teacher education and technology.

The common thread in the evolution, growth and development of Purdue Calumet has been responsiveness to the needs of our region and anticipation of future trends in learning. Thanks to a highly qualified faculty and professional staff, I am optimistic we will continue to make noteworthy progress along that path.


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Howard Cohen,

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