April 14, 2023

Trustees endorse vision statement for Purdue’s Online Learning 2.0

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University trustees on Friday (April 14) endorsed the vision statement for Online Learning 2.0.

Purdue is one of the few Association of American Universities members to provide distinct educational models designed to meet different educational needs – from traditional undergraduate students looking to complement their residential experience with online courses; to mid-career students seeking an advanced professional degree; to adult students looking to earn a college degree while balancing work, life and/or military responsibilities.

Online Learning 2.0 Vision Statement: Online Learning at Purdue consists of two coordinated efforts: Purdue Global as a virtual campus and Purdue University Online as the online version of the West Lafayette campus. Differentiated in their offerings, Purdue Global and Purdue University Online share Purdue’s strategic focus and long-standing commitment to student success, learning technology innovation and growth with quality. Collectively, Purdue Global and Purdue University Online expand Purdue’s land-grant mission this century through a continuum of integrated and trusted online learning opportunities, with unparalleled excellence at scale. 

Opportunities for expansion and new efforts include:

  • Expand programs with the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Significantly increase workforce development programs in critical areas such as semiconductors, pharmaceutical manufacturing and cybersecurity.
  • Expand noncredit to meet Office of Industry Partnerships-generated industry opportunities.
  • Intensify efforts on quality, innovation and efficiency.

Online Learning 2.0 will identify Purdue’s portfolio of best-in-class online offerings and clarify the role of Purdue Global within the Purdue system while informing the Board of Trustees of investments and commitments required to build a world-class online institution at scale. 

Purdue University Online features a diverse array of highly ranked programs, including No. 1 rankings for online master’s degrees in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering management, as well as the top-ranked master’s in communications, health care administration and hospitality management. The veterinary technology program also ranks No. 1.

Purdue Global has a current enrollment of approximately 35,000 students, while around 24,000 noncredit students and 4,200 credit students are enrolled in Purdue University Online.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last five years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://stories.purdue.edu.

About Purdue University Online

An extension of Purdue University’s flagship West Lafayette, Indiana, campus, Purdue University Online enables global access to one of the world’s great universities, offering high-quality, high-impact learning in high-demand areas, with an eye to innovating in online education and a goal of being best in class. Through Purdue University Online, Purdue offers a variety of degree, credit and noncredit programs aimed especially at working professionals who are focused on building skills to become leaders in their fields. For more information, visit https://purdue.edu/online.

About Purdue Global

Purdue Global is Purdue’s online university for working adults who have life experience and often some college credits. It offers flexible paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, military service and previous college credits, no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and backed by Purdue University. For more information, visit https://stories.purdue.edu/purdue-global/.

Sources: Mung Chiang

Gary Bertoline

Frank Dooley


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