Together, developing a more student-centered campus
By THOMAS L. KEON
Some 31 percent of our first year students do not return to our campus for a second year of study.
We know that some students leave because of personal academic struggles. As we all understand, Purdue University Calumet is not for everyone. By design, the academic programs we offer are intended to be rigorous. Such is the reality of a Purdue education.
Work to do
Yet, those students who leave Purdue Calumet because of academic difficulties are relatively few in number with only 9 percent on academic probation. The vast majority of other students who depart do so for reasons our enrollment management team is exploring.
While I look forward to the team’s findings, clearly, a 31 percent rate of discontinuation by first year students suggests to me we have work to do in making our campus more student-engaging and satisfying.
Enriching and fulfilling
During the past year, I have attempted to address in various ways the importance of Purdue University Calumet being a student-centered campus—a campus that combines a value-rich and, yes, rigorous education with a desirable environment that produces enriching and fulfilling experiences.
I am impressed and excited by the growing student research opportunities occurring on our campus. I also am pleased about the increased activities our intramurals program is providing.
The number of student organizations on campus increased 8 percent last fall from the previous academic year. Next week, (1/23), Campus Life is hosting a “Meet the Greeks” event, at which eight fraternities and sororities will be represented—up from five affiliated with Purdue Calumet last spring. Other offices and units also have stepped up in reaching out to students.
Across campus units
Keeping the SUL open 24/7 for study and stress release during the home stretch of the fall semester was appropriate, and I am seeing more students attend and, subsequently, generate energy at our Peregrines basketball games.
So far all is good, but we are just scratching the surface. There is yet more to do across the campus units in developing Purdue Calumet into a student-centered campus. I am convinced we can do this —together!
Thomas L. Keon