From the Chancellor

While a unified, strategic plan is in the offing, progress continues on current plan


Chancellor Thomas L. Keon

In moving forward as a unified, northwest Indiana Purdue university, our campus and Purdue North Central will collaborate on reshaping our respective strategic priorities into a unified strategic plan.

Advancing that initiative is among the many priorities our two campuses will manage.

The development of a new strategic plan for a newly unified university will require a thoughtful vision that challenges both campuses to produce an overall stronger, better, more enriching Purdue presence in our region that benefits all our constituents.

Keep on keeping on

Your input in response to this tall order will be invited. Meantime, until a new unified plan is in place, our campus will continue advancing the four goals of our current Purdue Calumet Strategic Plan.

We recapped goals 1 and 2 in the last issue of The Bridge: Goal 1: ‘Academic Excellence’ and Goal 2: ‘Learning through Engagement and Discovery’.

Elsewhere in this issue, you can read about some of the progress we have made in response to goals 3 & 4:

  • Inclusivity—Becoming a truly inclusive campus in which all individuals feel respected and part of the university community, and
  • Community and Business Partnerships—Building productive collaborations that strengthen our university and enrich our region and society.  

In closing, I would like to comment briefly on two points of achievement in response to the aforementioned goals.

100% accessible

Relative to goal 3, earlier this week, we celebrated our Purdue Calumet web pages becoming 100 percent accessible. That is, all web pages on our WordPress sites meet the compliance standards set by our web accessibility policy.

The progress our campus has made over the past four years in response to web accessibility is truly amazing. We have set the pace among all Purdue campuses! Congratulations to our web accessibility team.

Thriving partnerships

As for goal 4, radio station WJOB plans to begin broadcasting April 21 from our emerging Commercialization Center on Indianapolis Boulevard. Additionally, a Dowling Park Athletics Complex sign is now visible from the Borman Expressway, signaling that completion of baseball, softball and soccer fields for Peregrines teams is near. We have thriving partnerships to thank for these developments.



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Thomas L. Keon