Message From Previous Purdue President
At Purdue University we believe that solving real problems and applying creative ideas to real-world situations can help our students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in their careers. If their learning experience also helps make our communities better, these students will be taking a step toward becoming the kind of citizens who will build a happier and safer future.
Whether they are involved in disaster relief efforts, writing software for a charitable organization, or tutoring children, our students can apply and refine their knowledge and do good work at the same time.
This is the essence of the Service-Learning ideal that Purdue embraces. Although Service-Learning has happened throughout the University's history, today we are even more focused on increasing service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
Under the leadership of the Office of Engagement, Purdue is institutionalizing Service-Learning and making it part of the academic fiber of the University. Nearly 300 Service-Learning courses are available to Purdue students, and the number continues to grow.
As we grow and improve our efforts in Service-Learning, we build on the great legacy created by Justin Morrill when he founded the land-grant movement.