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Our Mission

Redesign foundational courses by using research findings to create student-centered teaching and learning environments.

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Our Goals

These faculty-led redesigns will foster student learning gains, student success, development of positive skills and attitudes, student well-being and institutional cultural change.

Fall 2018 Applications for IMPACT are closed. Applications for Spring 2019 will be up soon.

To learn more about the IMPACT program, please click here to watch two IMPACT fellows sharing their experiences.

IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation)

The overarching goal of IMPACT is to achieve a greater student-centered learning environment by incorporating active and collaborative learning as well as other student-centered teaching and learning practices and technologies into large enrollment foundational courses. The creation of a student-centered learning environment will foster student engagement and student competence, as well as increased attainment of course-specific learning outcomes.

Specifically, the goals of the IMPACT program can be summarized as follows:

  • Refocus the campus culture on student-centered pedagogy and student success.
  • Increase student engagement, competence, and learning gains.
  • Focus course redesign on research-based pedagogies.
  • Reflect, assess, and share results to benefit future courses, students, and institutional culture.

IMPACT Annual Report

2017   Institutional Report

2016   Institutional Report

2015   Part I & II       Part III

2014   Executive Summary       Part I        Part II      Part III

2014   Resumen Ejecutivo del Programa IMPACT

What makes IMPACT unique?

  1. Interdisciplinary
  2. Collaboration with multiple units across campus
  3. Scope
  4. Institutional assessment framework
  5. Flexibility for faculty members and programs
  6. Institutional culture change

IMPACT faculty fellows come from a variety of disciplines university-wide. Some 108 faculty and instructors representing nine colleges and 45 departments and schools have participated. Each semester, interested faculty submit their application to become part of the next IMPACT cohort. Each application is reviewed by the IMPACT management committee and cohort selection is made. For more information about the IMPACT faculty fellows, visit the “people” section of the website.

Student Representation Chart

Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) was launched by the Provost’s Office in December 2010. IMPACT aims to create a more student-centered environment by engaging students in their own learning in order to improve student success as well as completion, retention, and graduation rates, in large enrollment, foundational classes. The IMPACT program is a large collaborative initiative on the Purdue West Lafayette campus (see figure below). It is an integrated campus-wide effort, involving multiple key partners across campus including the President’s Office, Office of the Provost, Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), Information Technologies at Purdue (ITaP), Libraries Faculty, the Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC), and Purdue Extended Campus (PEC). In addition, in the Fall 2013, IMPACT was identified by the President’s Office as a Purdue Move within the Transformative Education area.

Purdue Moves

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Cohort 1


  • Summer 2011 (10 Courses)
Cohort 2


  • Fall 2011(21 Courses)
  • Spring 2012(21 Courses)
Cohort 3


  • Summer 2012 (6 Courses)
  • Fall 2012(10 Courses)
  • Spring 2013(10 Courses)
Cohort 4


  • Fall 2013(21 Courses)
  • Spring 2014(25 Courses)

Course Redesign Chart

IMPACT broad program assessment covers three broad categories

  • Faculty and Institutional Change (Headed by the DLRC)
  • Student Perceptions and Learning (Headed by CIE)
  • Student Success and Retention (Headed by OIRAE)

Institutional Assessment Framework Cycle

Faculty ProgramsDuring the FLCs, IMPACT faculty fellows spend a significant amount of time carefully considering the pre-requisites and post-requisites for their course, reflecting on the delivery, content, and structure of their course, and learning about new pedagogies, research and motivational principles that encourage and foster active learning. Specifically, faculty fellows explore:

  • Their students’ characteristics and students’ prior knowledge.
  • The development of student learning outcomes and objectives.
  • The alignment of course learning outcomes with appropriate and authentic assessments.
  • Motivation principles and theories.
  • Transformation models and elements of course redesign which foster student-centered teaching and learning.
  • Research-based links between improved student learning, pedagogical approaches, and theories.
  • Active learning techniques like, Team-Based, Case-Based, and Problem-Based Learning.
  • Innovative tools and technologies that foster student-centered learning environments through student engagement and active learning.
  • Informed Learning based in an understanding and proficiency with information pathways

Short Term

Positive Skills & Attitudes

There is strong evidence that student-centered teaching leads to improvements in students’ abilities to solve problems and understand concepts. IMPACT’s goal is to work with faculty to produce student-centered learning environments. When student-centered learning environments are created, students’ skills and attitudes are enhanced.

Student Perceptions Chart

Student Success

Graduate in 4 years, maintains a 3.0 GPA, study for 2 hours for each hour spent in class, be involved in 1 leadership activity.

Course Grade Chart

IMPACT Transformations

Long Term

  • “By 2017, every student starting at Purdue, will experience an IMPACT class in their Freshman year.”
  • Currently, IMPACT courses account for about 12% of total student credit hours. By 2017, at least 25% of total student credit hours will be accounted by IMPACT courses.

How To Apply

To apply to become part of the next IMPACT cohort, please “click here” and complete the information about the course you would like to redesign through IMPACT. The application form should take you about 15 minutes to complete and will ask you for information about the course you want to redesign as well as your redesign goals for the course (e.g. increased engagement, greater student success…)

Short Term Outcomes

Positive Skills & Attributes


Student Success

Long Term Outcomes



Faculty Institution