Honors and Designations

Purdue's engagement efforts to effectively leverage our assets to advance the economy and quality of lives have been recognized by several organizations. Below are some of our awards and recognition achievements.

Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

Purdue is among a handful of universities across the country which have been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The designation recognizes Purdue’s work with public- and private-sector partners to support economic development.

Carnegie Community Engaged University

Purdue has earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification. The Carnegie Foundation recognized Purdue for its dedication to engagement, through which the University uses its resources to improve the quality of life of Indiana citizens and people throughout the world. Purdue was recognized for engagement achievements in areas including economic development, P-12 education, community service and lifelong learning.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship

2017 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award Recipient  Purdue’s EPICS, an academic program that engages teams of students to tackle community problems through the development, design, delivery, and support of technology-based solutions that assist nonprofit organizations, has been named a regional winner of the 2017 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Award. EPICS projects are intended to solve real problems and are defined in consultation with project partners from not-for-profit community organizations. The program is a catalyst for change in university-community agreements, student engagement, and multidisciplinary coursework. Purdue’s EPICS program has grown to enroll over 1,100 students a year working on 147 projects that are directly impacting 83,111 people. Since the program’s creation in 1995, over 350 projects have been delivered – ranging from software that allows agencies to coordinate services and protect privacy, to a constructed wetland that purifies agricultural runoff, to an iPad app that helps autistic children communicate, to an accessible camp for children with disabilities. EPICS also created networks to support engineering-based engagement with 35 institutions being a part of the university consortium and 73 schools in the K-12 network.

2016 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award Recipient  Led by the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University and its partners, the Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) collaboration is strengthening the community mental health infrastructure for veterans and military families has been named a regional winner of the 2016 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award. Over two million members of the U.S. military have been deployed in the past 15 years. This newest cohort joins over 20 million veterans of prior conflicts. The need for behavioral health services exceeds the capacity of the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. Together with the National Guard and the Department of Defense, MFRI created SBHP to improve the preparation of civilian behavioral health providers to serve military and veteran families. SBHP provides training about military culture, common symptoms, and evidence-based treatments, as well as a registry of trained providers. The lead partners are now assisting states with implementation. Within each participating state, the program is led by a partner university. Program partners share materials, funding, facilities, and other resources. Project impacts include over 75,000 hours of training delivered to over 8,000 behavioral health providers in seven states, more than 86% of whom report using program materials in their work with clients. Scholarly products include project materials, peer-reviewed publications, congressional testimony, and federal legislation. 

2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award Recipient   The Purdue Kenya Program, which pairs faculty and students in the College of Pharmacy with counterparts in Kenya, has been named a regional winner of the 2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award. The award is intended to recognize institutions that have redesigned learning, discovery and engagement to develop stronger links within communities.

The Washington Center

Purdue is a 2016 recipient of the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. As a land grant university, Purdue has long made service and engagement hallmarks of its approach to scholarship. This commitment is illustrated in the Purdue University Star Behavioral Health Providers program led by Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute. This program builds the cultural competence needed by community-based health providers to work with military populations, and it creates a mechanism for military-connected clients to locate these skilled providers. The project has also created learning opportunities for more than 220 graduate and undergraduate students, from 23 majors across seven schools at Purdue.