Transforming teaching and learning

Higher education has been driven by the status quo for too long. An outdated agrarian calendar, rigid lecture halls and limited student support services no longer cut it. Purdue believes higher education should be driven by the teaching methods and campus experiences that are proven to prepare its students for successful and fulfilling lives after graduation.


  • Purdue will place a premium on measuring student growth and providing the most growth per educational dollar.
  • The University will utilize learning analytics to improve student achievement.
  • Purdue will double the rate of class transformation, designing classrooms and courses that are rooted in what research shows is best for students, and will lead the nation’s universities in creating a new world of learning.
  • By fall 2016, at least half of the undergraduate population at Purdue West Lafayette will be enrolled in at least one IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) course during the academic year.


  • In December 2013, Purdue announced the launch of the Gallup-Purdue Index, designed to measure the most important outcomes of higher education — great careers and lives that matter — and provide leaders in higher education with productive insights for meaningful performance improvements.
    • The inaugural findings, announced in May 2014, found that there is no correlation between the type of institution a student attends and the level of engagement he or she feels later in a career, but that engagement with faculty, participation in an internship or research project, and education debt loads do have an impact on graduates’ well-being later in life.
    • The findings specific to Purdue alumni were released in September 2014, and showed that Purdue graduates thrive in all areas of well-being that the study examined and largely feel that Purdue prepared them well for life after college.
    • The index’s second report, released in September 2015, examined the factors that affect whether students perceive college to be worth the cost.
  • The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2017, with occupancy in August 2017. The 164,000-square-foot facility, located in the heart of campus, blends centrally scheduled teaching spaces, library/information services, formal study spaces, collaborative work areas and informal learning spaces. It will be the site of 27 collaborative active learning classrooms and will consolidate six engineering and science libraries. The center is expected to be a daily academic destination for 5,000 Purdue students and faculty. See this video for a sneak preview.
  • No other university is transforming traditional courses into active learning courses at Purdue's pace.
  • Student-centered and active learning approaches (a cornerstone of the IMPACT model) are now used in more than 235 courses across campus, allowing for more class time to be dedicated to discussions and projects (active learning) instead of lectures.
  • 20-30 additional courses each semester will incorporate the active learning format each year for the next two years.
  • IMPACT efforts are supported in part by a $2.3 million First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education received in September 2014.
  • Two thirds of all currently enrolled students have completed an IMPACT course at Purdue. There is now a 93% likelihood that a current student will take an IMPACT course.
  • The Purdue Polytechnic Institute, officially formed in May 2015, offers the competency-based, hands-on curriculum highly sought after by students and employers alike.
  • The Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, announced in June 2015 and set to open in fall 2017, will bring STEM education to inner-city students and will offer opportunities for direct-path admission to Purdue’s undergraduate programs.

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