WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University officially launched Friday, April 9, Purdue’s Next Moves – five distinct new strategic initiatives designed to advance the university’s competitive advantage in its continued pursuit of leadership among the world’s top research and educational institutions .
Purdue’s board of directors, at its public meeting on the West Lafayette campus, heard from leaders of the initiative and voted to approve the next moves and an investment of $ 260 million over five years, of which approximately $ 182 million from university funds and an additional $ 78 million from external sources.
“Since 2013, Purdue has put forward an ambitious agenda that we call Purdue Moves to position ourselves among the world’s leading academic institutions,” said Chairman of the Board Mike Berghoff. “The results and impact that have resulted from these initiatives are now part of the fabric and culture of Purdue, as intended. As fiduciaries, we have followed this path of innovation, achievement and growth with great pride. We have seen you meet and exceed your expectations. As these movements continue, we are now choosing Purdue’s next moves to build on our strengths and move our students, academia and the world towards a safer, more sustainable and more equitable future.
The original Purdue Moves – launched in the fall of 2013 – served as the university’s strategic plan, comprising five pillars:
- Affordability and accessibility.
- Research that changes the world.
- STEM Directorate.
- Transformative education.
- Online education.
The results were significant: the West Lafayette campus is seeing record applications and enrollments, including in the fall semester 2020 the largest incoming class in Purdue history; Purdue Engineering School has seen its ranking reach 4th place in the National Graduate School Rankings and is the largest top 10 undergraduate engineering program in the United States. Purdue has doubled the number of study abroad participants and expects that number to continue to increase once international travel becomes possible again; the university has seen a dramatic increase in residential life on campus; more than 38,000 students are enrolled in Purdue’s online offerings, including more than 300 Purdue employees who have obtained free degrees from Purdue Global; and Purdue is now the most affordable institution in the Big Ten, with a lower cost of participation than in 2012-13. Investments in Purdue Moves since 2013 have totaled $ 482 million.
All expectations, Berghoff said, are that Purdue’s next moves will also be successful.
Here’s a rundown of each of Purdue’s upcoming moves, based on Friday. presentations to the trustees:
Plant science 2.0
Purdue has the unique expertise and innovative technologies to develop plants with enhanced nutritional and sustainability attributes. These same tools will allow us to manage forests, mitigate forest fires and disease. By investing in plant science, Purdue will be known for the growth of graduates, entrepreneurs and the agri-biotech industry to ensure a future where the environment and agriculture work hand in hand to feed the world’s population. and strengthen our ecosystems.
Key investments will include:
- Digital forestry.
- Phenotyping facilities and data scientists.
- The center for food demand analysis and sustainability.
- Marketing via Ag-Celerator and an Impact Fund.
In the years to come, Purdue will be known as the global leader in producing graduates with the discipline expertise, data science skills and entrepreneurial training desired by the industry; design, produce and deliver value-added plants that address nutritional issues and food insecurity; assess and manage forests, prevent forest fires and monitor the spread of invasive pests in forests; and attract companies to join forces, invest and / or establish themselves in discovery to park District.
More information on plant science is available here.
National Security and Technology Initiative
The US leadership in advanced technological capabilities over its strategic rivals is shrinking and swift action must be taken to reverse this trend in order to ensure national security and long-term economic competitiveness. As part of the National Security and Technology Initiative, Purdue will work to address some of the biggest technological challenges facing the United States in four strategic areas:
- Hypersonic and space vehicles.
- Materials and energy systems.
- Cyber security.
- Secure microelectronics.
With this initiative, Purdue intends to lead national centers of excellence with cross-sector participation; provide unique new research and testing facilities that are national strengths and further differentiate Purdue as a leader; become a magnet for diverse and exceptional talent committed to supporting research and education in national security and technology; reduce the talent gap by earning degrees with experience in national security and technology and security clearances; and enhance the regional ecosystem in these areas by adding new companies, federal labs, and startups to the Discovery Park District.
Purdue Applied Research Institute (IRAP)
Purdue has a significant opportunity to leverage its strong strengths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to play an even greater role in the development and adoption of emerging technologies that are changing the world.
Although otherwise well positioned, Purdue has limited ability to compete effectively for funding of applied research and large-scale projects from federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, USAID, Department of Homeland Security and others due to lack of infrastructure and personnel. to support these programs.
Through the Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI), Purdue will reach its full potential to support a large and complex portfolio of applied and translational research programs with national and global impact. It will provide the advanced facilities and infrastructure to support the mission-critical efforts of federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, USAID, as well as industry and non-governmental organizations; enable Purdue to recruit and retain professionals with in-depth experience in these areas; provide new opportunities for faculty and students to participate in applied research; and advance vital new partnerships and relationships.
PARI will initially focus on three strategic areas:
- Digital innovation in agrifood systems.
- National security and technology.
- Global development and innovation.
Transformative Education 2.0
Higher education is at an inflection point in how data analytics, experiential education and advanced technologies extend and redefine our concepts of classroom, course modality, delivery content, learner engagement and student success. Transformative Education 2.0 will seek to make Purdue the most innovative residential learning program in the United States among leading research universities through:
* Deep investment in high quality experiential learning, such as enhanced internships and cooperative experiences, undergraduate research and active learning.
* Creative use of advanced technologies and e-learning to enhance residential courses and improve student success (i.e. time to graduation and graduation rate).
* Flexible interdisciplinary degree and accreditation options.
* Integrated student life experiences and multiple work / learning options for graduation paths.
* A data-driven ecosystem that improves retention, progression, graduation and satisfaction.
More information on Transformative Education 2.0 is available here.
Equity Working Group
In an effort to increase the number of Black Boilermakers on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, improve the quality of their time at Purdue, and support the success they enjoy as faculty, staff, students and alumni , Purdue will implement a comprehensive set of initiatives and action plans around representation, experience and success. Purdue will ensure that all members of the college community have the opportunity to experience all that Purdue has to offer – prioritizing the Black Boilermaker experience over the next five years through this initiative. Specific programs, which will be led by the Marshal’s Office and the Diversity and Inclusion Division with a campus-wide implementation team, will include:
- Robust recruitment of black undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff through new programs, scholarships and cluster hires.
- New and expanded mentoring and community development initiatives for Black students, faculty and staff.
- Enhanced career development opportunities and professional recognition for Black students, faculty and staff.
- Purdue is emerging as a leader in attracting and securing the success of black academics, thereby improving the lives of the entire Purdue community and beyond.
Over the next few weeks, Purdue will roll out additional details on each of the upcoming moves, including goals, metrics, and action items.