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Strategic Plan for 2001-2006

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The mission of Purdue University is to serve the citizens of Indiana, the United States, and the world through:

Discovery that expands the realm of knowledge

Learning through dissemination and preservation of knowledge

Engagement through exchange of knowledge

Discovery: Grounded in the most advanced theoretical, empirical, and applied methods, the University’s programs of research, scholarship, and creative endeavor expand the realm of knowledge across a wide range of academic disciplines.

Learning through Dissemination and Preservation: The University promotes and champions learning by providing a variety of instructional settings where students and faculty can share and create new knowledge. It distributes knowledge to an audience of peers and citizens through a great diversity of academic literature and professional activities. In its libraries and other archives, the University serves as the repository and facilitator of access to a rich accumulation of human information, knowledge, and wisdom.

Engagement through Exchange: Through its programs of knowledge exchange and application, the University helps put knowledge to work to create new opportunities that advance our society and solve a variety of technical and social problems.

In all these activities, the University seeks to:

  • Prepare its graduates to succeed as leaders, professionals, informed consumers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners
  • Admit to its programs an academically proficient population of students pursuing post-secondary education
  • Reach out to an expanded audience of learners through residential and distance education utilizing a variety of learning media and technologies
  • Play a leadership role in Indiana’s economic and social development
  • Promote human and intellectual diversity by providing equal access and opportunity to representatives of a rich variety of populations and cultures
  • Contribute to the welfare and advancement of human societies throughout the world



The Next Level: Preeminence
Purdue will be a preeminent university, advancing quality in all areas while leading the world in the basic and applied sciences and engineering and improving society at home and abroad.


  • Programs of discovery, learning, and engagement that draw worldwide attention for their quality, relevance, depth, and scope
  • Advancement of human and intellectual diversity to enrich the academic community, and to overcome the barriers separating individuals, populations, and cultures
  • Model interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships in the University community
  • Collaboration with public and private enterprise in Indiana, the United States, and abroad as a model for pursuing common objectives
  • A faculty and a staff celebrated for their dedication to Purdue’s values and culture, and for their academic and professional distinction
  • A superior and diverse student body dedicated to learning, and contributing knowledge and skills toward the prosperity of Indiana, the nation, and the world
  • Self-expectations of Purdue’s faculty, staff, administration, and students to pursue excellence individually and collectively while contributing to a common vision for achieving preeminence
  • Active role of all disciplines in contributing their disciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths to Purdue’s vision
  • An attractive physical environment that stimulates and facilitates intellectual development and scholarly and creative endeavor


With the vision to be a preeminent world-class university and the world leader in the sciences, engineering, and other technology-intensive areas, Purdue University will compare itself with a set of peer institutions for the purpose of benchmarking to assess Purdue’s competitiveness. For university-level benchmarking, these institutions are selected considering the following characteristics:

  • Quality that is regarded as comparable to or greater than that of Purdue
  • Carnegie Foundation Research Extensive classification
  • Science and technology intensive institution
  • Comprehensive institution
  • Public institution
  • Major land-grant institution
  • Flagship campus
  • Geographic distribution

The Selected Peer Institutions:

  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University-University Park
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Illinois-Urbana
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison


Input Measures:

  • Entering students’ standardized test scores and high school rank percentiles
  • Number of National Merit Scholars
  • Students-to-faculty ratio
  • Undergraduate class size
  • Shares of undergraduate class sections and student credit hours taught by faculty
  • Graduate enrollment
  • Faculty salaries by discipline and rank
  • Graduate assistant stipend level by discipline
  • Appropriations, tuition, fee revenues per FTE student
  • Student financial aid (per student and as a fraction of educational and general [E&G] expenditures; aid to underrepresented students [per student and as fraction of total aid])
  • Sponsored funding (total, and NSF data for sciences and engineering) per FTE faculty
  • Private giving and endowment value

Output Measures:

  • Student retention and graduation rates (years to degree for graduate students)
  • Graduates’ career placement and advanced study enrollment
  • Number of doctoral degrees granted per year
  • Student indebtedness upon graduation
  • E&G expenditures per FTE student
  • Student credit hours (SCH) per FTE faculty
  • Demography of underrepresented populations (faculty, staff, students)
  • Research and Development (R&D) expenditures as a share of E&G expenditures
  • National Academy/other prestigious memberships
  • National ranking of academic programs
  • Number of license agreements and patents for technology transfer
  • Participation rate of alumni as donors to the

A graphic representation of the organization of the strategic plan.

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