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Departments

In the midst of great collaboration and cross-campus cooperation, there are many departments whose work and contributions are unique and vital. Please take a moment to learn more about each department listed below.

Assessment & Accreditation

Website: http://www.purdue.edu/accreditation/

Once every 10 years the University takes a comprehensive look at itself — to assess its programs and operations in preparation for a review for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The most recent self-study effort consisted of a two-year-plus process. It involved teams of Purdue faculty, staff and students who assessed changes and progress made since the last review and identified opportunities and challenges throughout the University.

Purdue has been accredited continually since 1913, and was last reviewed and fully accredited in 2010. Accreditation information is available here.

Center for Instructional Excellence

Website: http://www.purdue.edu/cie

The Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) promotes quality teaching and learning at Purdue and Beyond. This is accomplished through the use of innovative pedagogies and curricular synergies, the provision of teaching and learning resources, and the enhancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). CIE serves as a support structure, resource center, and advocate for continuous improvement in teaching, learning, and service in combination with Instructional Data Processing (IDP) assessments and evaluations, and provides general service for facilitating campus enhancement/development.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate Program

Website: http://www.purdue.edu/entr/

Purdue's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program offers students in all majors the opportunity to develop the entrepreneurship and innovation skills necessary to launch their own companies, work in startup ventures, or spearhead new initiatives within existing organizations. This multidisciplinary program focused on applied skills provides students with a unique academic credential designed to enhance their job prospects and options.

To receive the certificate, students enroll in a series of five three-credit-hour courses or experiential programs that teach them the theory and practice behind starting and running new ventures. It is open to students in all academic disciplines who have approximately four semesters remaining in their degree programs.

Office of Enrollment Management

Oral English Proficiency Program

Website: http://www.purdue.edu/oepp

The Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP) works with Uiversity departments to facilitate the use of non-native English speaking teaching assistants as instructors. Services include screening prospective teaching assistants for oral English proficiency, certifying students for oral English proficiency, and providing classroom communication training in English as a Second Language (ESL) for international graduate students.

The OEPP also serves as a resource not only to departments on campus who employ international graduate students, but also to the international graduate students themselves and to graduate students who are studying ESL.

Student Access, Transition and Success Program

Website: http://www.purdue.edu/sats/index.html

The Student Access, Transition and Success Programs (SATS) department empowers and inspires all students to embrace a sense of lifelong learning by providing nationally recognized, student-centered, pre-college preparation, and college success initiatives and services. These initiatives assist students in their preparation for, transition into, and success in a college environment. The department's various interconnected programs assist students in progressive stages of development; and have as their ultimate goals an increased rate of student degree completion, future employment or study, dedicated citizenship, and responsible leadership in the state, nation, and world.

Some programs start working with students and their families as early as the 6th grade, while others help support students through the completion of their baccalaureate degrees at Purdue. Programs include Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR), Learning Communities, the Academic Success Center, Common Reading Program, Supplemental Instruction, Orientation Programs (such as Boiler Gold Rush and Welcome Programs), Parent and Family Programs, the Purdue Opportunity Awards program, the Purdue Promise program, Support for Twenty-first Century Scholars at Purdue, and the West Central Indiana regional Twenty-first Century Scholars site.

Undergraduate Studies Program

Website: http://www.purdue.edu/usp

The Undergraduate Studies Program (USP) is ideal for students who have many academic interests or are uncertain which of Purdue's 200+ majors to choose. The program allows students to explore options and interests before selecting a major, while providing plenty of guidance along the way. The program assists and empowers students to:

  1. Develop and implement individualized plans for academic success and personal and career development
  2. Make a smooth and academically sound transition from the Undergraduate Studies Program to their chosen degree-granting programs.

In USP, students have up to four semesters to select a major. The program equips students to make informed decisions - saving themtime and money.

University Honors College

Website: http://www.purdue.edu/honorscollege/index.html

The University Honors Program affords Purdue an opportunity to create a thriving academic community for students with exceptional potential, affords Purdue an opportunity to encourage faculty to experiment with course design, and promote collaboration among colleges/schools.

The proposal for the creation of a University Honors Program specifies that courses from school honors programs may meet the course requirement for a university honors diploma. In addition, faculty from across the University will be asked to serve on the curriculum committee that will administer the University Honors Program.