Reflecting on 10 years of leading Purdue Calumet
It has been my good fortune for 10 years to lead Purdue Calumet, which embodies the characteristics I value most in higher education.
Foremost, they include a curriculum that builds professional preparation on a strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences. Our students, who represent primarily the first generation within their families to persist to a college degree, aspire to the professional careers and lives that we equip them to pursue.
Second, Purdue Calumet has a faculty that understands the importance of research as the underpinning both of great teaching and practical application of knowledge for societal improvement.
Third, we are located in a region that appreciates quality education and is grateful to have access to it for our citizens.
Purdue Calumet has made leaps in each of these areas during my time as Chancellor. Our curricular focus on experiential learning is unique in that we require it of all baccalaureate majors, and we set that requirement to meet the standards of good practice established by the National Society of Experiential Education.
We also have placed a strong emphasis on undergraduate research to encourage our students toward independent thinking. Additionally, we have established nine Centers and Institutes that provide opportunities for our faculty to carry out applied research that benefits our region and beyond. They also engage students in the research process in ways that address community needs.
We also have brought Northwest Indiana into more engaged interaction with Purdue Calumet through the creation of 20 additional advisory boards involving approximately 525 citizens.
Additionally, we have committed to increasing our capacity of prepared students able to fully partake in the rigors of universitylevel learning. We have done so by raising admission standards.
We also have attracted more high-performing students through our Chancellor’s Scholars Program (recent high school Valedictorians and Salutatorians), our Honors Program and our recruitment of international students. These students “raise the bar” academically and demonstrate that excellent students make a first choice decision to attend Purdue Calumet.
I know of no better indicators of quality than (1) great students want to study with us and (2) employers seek out our graduates. By these measures, I am pleased with our progress over the past 10 years and look forward to continuing improvement and growing quality at Purdue Calumet.
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