Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021

Updated May 2018

Mission

Purdue University Northwest, in the land grant tradition of learning, discovery, and engagement, provides high quality, innovative undergraduate and graduate education to students of northwest Indiana and beyond. We create a welcoming environment that promotes critical inquiry through experiential learning, faculty scholarship, civic engagement, and community partnerships.

Vision

Purdue University Northwest will be the institution of choice in northwest Indiana and beyond as the center for education, innovation, economic development, and culture.

Overarching  Strategy

Purdue University Northwest distinguishes itself by offering high quality educational opportunities to its students. It will accomplish this by emphasizing student success; achieving academic excellence; encouraging learning through engagement and discovery; promoting inclusivity and diversity; fostering community engagement and economic development; and providing quality infrastructure.

Values

The students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the entire Purdue University Northwest community value:

  • Excellence in all we do;
  • A culture that supports growth and success for students, faculty, and staff;
  • A welcoming, collegial environment that fosters inclusion and celebrates diversity;
  • International perspectives and global engagement;
  • Partnerships throughout greater northwest Indiana;
  • Honesty and integrity, adhering to the highest ethical standards of personal and professional behavior; and
  • Continuous pursuit of knowledge.

Goal 1: Student Success

Focus on academic, personal, and career success so that students have the opportunity and ability to thrive during their experiences on campus and in their lives.

Student Success Objectives

Prepare students for personal, professional, and civic life through critical thinking, degree attainment, and continuous pursuit of knowledge.

Measured by:

  • Alumni Surveys
  • Career Center Placement Data

Cultivate a sense of belonging and a rigorous network of support by ensuring that each student has access to a faculty member, alumnus/a, peer, or community mentor.

Measured by:

  • Academic Success and Transition Peer Mentors
  • College Mentoring Programs, including Honors College Student Peer Mentors Program
  • English Language Program Mentoring

As an institution that serves a high percentage of first-generation college students, continue to develop and implement programming and activities that meet their needs.

Measured by:

  • TRIO Student Support Services/Educational Opportunity Programs
  • McNair Achievement Program

Support student needs through data-informed decision-making to ensure that resources and services are made available.

Measured by:

  • Retention and Graduation Rates
  • NSSE/BCSSE Surveys
  • EAB – Student Success Collaborative (SSC) Campus Data
  • Exploratory Advising

Provide an environment that supports student safety and well-being.

Measured by:

  • Annual Clery Reports
  • Disability Access Center Services
  • Counseling Center Services
  • Dean of Students – Student Advocate Program

Offer a wide range of activities and programming that encourage a vibrant campus life.

Measured by:

  • Athletics
  • Fitness and Recreation Center Activities
  • Student Organizations/Student Activities Events Participation
  • Speaker / Entertainment Events (e.g., Sinai Forum, Theater Productions, CHESS Poerty Slam)

Offer a robust NCAA intercollegiate athletics program that provides student opportunities for participation and promotes campus identity.

Measured by:

  • NCAA/Athletics Activities

Partner with pre-K-12 institutions to prepare area students for transition to college and future success.

Measured by:

  • Office of Strategic Partnerships
  • Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment
  • School of Education and Counseling Outreach

Foster and recognize student success.

Measured by:

  • Dean’s List
  • Chancellor’s Medallion Program
  • Days of Discovery/Student Research Days

Goal 2: Academic Excellence

The pursuit of academic excellence is the foundation of all we do at Purdue Northwest. We are committed to cultivating a rich teaching-learning environment through the recruitment, retention, and development of a high-quality faculty, staff, and student body. Equally, we are committed to providing distinctive and quality programs designed to address regional, national, and global needs.

Academic Excellence Objectives

Support and deliver highly effective teaching focused on student success.

Measured by:

  • Retention and Graduation Rates
  • Course Evaluations
  • Teaching Incentive Program (TIP)
  • Center for Faculty Development and Leadership Activities

Implement best practices in recruiting and retaining high-quality faculty and staff members with a commitment to the mission of Purdue University Northwest.

Measured by:

  • Position Advertisements
  • Faculty Hiring Process / New Hires Data

Engage and support faculty members in high-quality scholarly activity and creative work.

Measured by:

  • Faculty Research Days
  • Office of Sponsored Research Data
  • Teaching Portfolios

Strengthen resources and support structures for research and grant activity.

Measured by:

  • Office of Sponsored Research Data
  • Grants Details

Institute and transform academic programs that focus on regional economic and community needs, as well as national and global concerns.

Measured by:

  • Academic Programs and Course Offerings
  • New Curriculum Development

Offer academic programs grounded in liberal education, critical thinking, and personal growth

Measured by:

  • Academic Programs and Course Offerings
  • New Curriculum / Program Development

Goal 3. Learning Through Engagement and Discovery

Promote creative activities, experiential learning, and research to give students a rich interdisciplinary learning environment that cultivates a lifetime of community involvement and leadership.

Learning Through Engagement and Discovery Objectives

Create and support an intellectual community through engagement and discovery.

Measured by:

  • Days of Discovery/Student Research Days
  • Faculty Research Days

Establish the University as a leader in experiential and applied learning.

Measured by:

  • Experiential Learning Course Data
  • College Learning Initiatives (e.g., College of Technology’s Discipline-Specific Skill Acquisition)

Expand opportunities for students in research, creative activities, experiential learning, community engagement, and education abroad.

Measured by:

  • Days of Discovery/Student Research Days
  • Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Experiential Learning Courses
  • Education Abroad

Increase opportunities which allow students to reflect upon, document, and share outcomes of discovery and engagement activities.

Measured by:

  • Days of Discovery/Student Research Days
  • Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference

Provide programs and opportunities for students to develop the skills and abilities to become lifelong learners.

Measured by:

  • Alumni Surveys
  • Career Center Placement Data

Goal 4. Inclusivity and Diversity

Promote a university climate that is welcoming and diverse in which all individuals experience being a valued member of the community. Similarities and differences are accepted and respected.

Inclusivity and Diversity Objectives

Promote a culture of inclusivity and diversity through organizational practices in all areas of the university.

Measured by:

  • Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Data
  • Hispanic Council Initiatives

Recruit and retain faculty members, staff members, and administrators that reflect the diversity of the student body and the community.

Measured by:

  • Data Digest – PNW Demographic Data
  • Faculty Hiring Processes

Engage students in creating and supporting an inclusive environment.

Measured by:

  • Affirmative Action Plan
  • Multi-Cultural Campus Council Student Initiatives (e.g., SGA Topics and Treats; Diwali Festival; Unidos Dia de los Muertos; MLK Celebrations; Chinese New Year; Women’s Leadership Luncheon; ALS Spring Community Event)

Develop classroom environments that foster diverse ideas and perspectives.

Measured by:

  • College Inclusivity Initiatives / Faculty Development Programming

Celebrate different cultures through a wide range of events, programs, and experiences.

Measured by:

  • Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration Event Data
  • Building Community Through the Arts
  • Education Abroad
  • International Programs/Global Engagment

Provide equal access to university resources and campus facilities for all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Measured by:

  • PNW Accessibility Initiatives
  • Chancellor’s AccessAbility Committee
  • Disability Access Center Services

Goal 5: Community Engagement and Economic Development

Parterning with business and community organizations, Purdue University Northwest students and faculty and staff members develop mutually beneficial opportunites that strengthen the university and enrich society.

Community Engagement and Economic Development Objectives

Partner with business, industry, and community organizations through the sharing of resources, knowledge, and expertise.

Measured by:

  • PNW Institutes and Centers
  • Office of Strategic Partnerships

Serve as a primary resource in the greater region to identify, promote, and drive economic development.

Measured by:

  • Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative

Expand outreach and develop programs that connect the university community through service learning and volunteering throughout the region it serves.

Measured by:

  • Service Learning Courses
  • Center for Strategic Partnerships

Partner with pre-K-12 systems, sharing resources and expertise to support primary and secondary education and build visibility of Purdue University Northwest within the communities that it serves.

Measured by:

  • Office of Strategic Partnerships
  • School of Education and Counseling Outreach
  • Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment Activities

Connect students with business and community organizations to develop leadership, knowledge, and skills in a real-world environment.

Measured by:

  • Experiential Learning Internships
  • College Internships Data

Serve as a regional leader in hosting educational, cultural, and athletic events that are open to the community.

Measured by:

  • Sinai Forum
  • Athletics
  • Chancellor Community Engagement & Events
  • Building Community Through the Arts

Goal 6. Quality Infrastructure

Ensure that physical infrastructure and technology resources support a rich academic learning experience and student life.

Quality Infrastructure Objectives

Continuously improve instructional technologies and library services to deliver a powerful learning experience and a productive academic environment.

Measured by:

  • Office of Instructional Technolgy Activities
  • Library Collections
  • Information Services Strategic Plan

Construct, renovate, maintain, or acquire facilities that fully meet the needs of the university community in the pursuit of learning, engagement, and discovery.

Measured by:

  • Facilities Inventory, Annual Planning Activities
  • Annual Facilities Improvements
  • Facilities Data: Assignable Square Footage Renovated/Funds Spent

Provide facilities to support a wide range of student activities and programming that encourages a vibrant campus.

Measured by:

  • Athletics
  • Fitness and Recreation Center
  • Student Organizations/Student Activities Events

Ensure that faculty and staff members have access to state-of-the art technology.

Measured by:

  • Information Services Strategic Plan
  • Information Services Computer Replacement Program