Strategic Plan

College of Technology
Purdue University Calumet
Strategic Plan 2013-2018


Purdue University Calumet (PUC) is the second largest campus under the Purdue University system, consisting of six academic Colleges. It is a Carnegie Master’s (medium) comprehensive university with a student enrollment of about 10,000 students including 1140 graduate students. PUC offers more than 35 programs at the bachelors and masters levels, and includes 606 full-time and part-time faculty members. The College of Technology (COT) has three academic departments that offer seven Bachelor of Science degree programs, and three Master’s degree programs.*

*BS degrees in, Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Information Technology, Construction Management & Engineering Technologies, Organizational Leadership & Supervision, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology. MS in Technology, MS in Technology (on-line), MS in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization. 


By 2018, the College of Technology will be the “College of Choice” for both students and industry.


College of Technology provides a quality undergraduate education to students of Northwest Indiana and beyond who are ready for the world of work or graduate education. The college offers graduate education in areas of strong student interest and industry needs. We are committed and dedicated to regional economic development and the Purdue system-wide land-grant mission.

Statement of Values

College of Technology faculty, staff, students and alumni will:

  • Advance excellent academic programs.
  • Embrace change and innovation.
  • Promote excellence in instruction.
  • Ensure a career-focused learning environment through application-oriented learning.
  • Support applied research by faculty.
  • Uphold dedication to the role of economic development driven by business and community partnerships.

Goal 1. Academic Excellence


  1. We will continue to assess academic programs, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, to measure distinction for each academic program to ensure quality and continuous improvement. We will ensure quality teaching and support for student learning.
  2. Academic excellence thrives in an environment of diverse students, faculty and staff. To ensure diversity of our students, including international students, recruitment and retention strategies we will focus on the needs and values of existing and potential students through a recruitment and retention plan. Faculty, staff, students, student organizations and alumni will play a role in recruiting new students.
  3. Through management of resources, COT, in partnership with industry and business, we will fund appropriate and up-to-date laboratories and facilities.
  4. We pride ourselves on our high quality faculty and staff. We will continue to recruit, retain, develop and support employees who pursue excellence. We will foster faculty teaching, research, and service. Also, we will invest in faculty, staff, and student development and recognize them for their accomplishments.

Goal 2. Learning through Engagement and Applied Research


  1. We will assess and expand experiential learning opportunities to meet student and industry needs, including developing application-based learning experiences within our academic departments.
  2. We will foster a mentoring culture among students, faculty and staff to develop skills and knowledge to enhance personal and professional growth.
  3. We will increase opportunities for graduate students to expand their education through participation in applied research. 

Goal 3. Community and Business Partnerships


  1. We will continue to increase COT profile through involvement in junior high/high school and community college programs.
  2. We will increase fundraising as a major college-level initiative. We will engage alumni, faculty and staff, and industry partners in raising funds for the College of Technology and building a culture of philanthropy.
  3. We will continue to help shape regional economic development through workforce development and the Manufacturing Center.