Committee on Reputational Stewardship


The Committee on Reputational Stewardship (CRS) was formed by Provost Debasish Dutta in January of 2016 based on recommendations of the Advisory Group on Academic Program Excellence and Rankings (APER). 


The long term mission of the CRS is to develop strategies to enhance the reputation of Purdue University.

Charge Statement

The initial charge to the CRS was to:

Create a high-level definition of excellence—the institutional target

  • The CRS adopted the following definition:
    Institutional excellence at Purdue University is defined by the culture as well as the processes and procedures in place that enable students, faculty and staff to maximize their potential, their achievements, and their impact spanning the domains of Discovery, Learning and Engagement as defined by the mission of the institution.

Identify key ranking systems that OIRAE should be responsible for monitoring and for validating and assessing the quality of the data reported.

The CRS identified the following key ranking systems:

  • US News and World Report
  • Times Higher Education
  • QS World University Rankings

Propose strategies to effectively draw attention to initiatives for academic or infrastructure investment and recommend a process to ensure that such activities are highlighted nationally and globally.


Current members:
Richard Olenchak, (Chair)
Nancy Peterson
Diane Beaudoin
Eric Dietz
Maureen Manier
Farshid Sadighi
Candiss Vibbert
Alan Zillich
Julie Rosa

Questions about the Committee on Reputational Stewardship can be directed to either the current Chair of the committee or the Office of the Provost.

Provost’s Advisory Group on Academic Program Excellence and Rankings (APER)
February, 2015

In late September, 2014, Purdue Provost Debasish Duta charged a small committee, the Academic Program Excellence and Rankings (APER) task force, with the task of looking at some of the important university ranking systems. The stated goal of the task force was to help “the Purdue community arrive at a shared understanding of the key indicators of institutional excellence that directly or indirectly impact national and global rankings.” 

This report outlines the findings of the APER advisory group. It provides answers to a set of specific questions posed by Provost Dutta in his charge to the group, and it makes a series of recommendations about how Purdue as an institution might use rankings as a tool for driving institutional excellence. In developing this report, the APER advisory group surveyed many of the widely recognized university ranking systems, and it assessed where possible the key drivers of the different systems. The group also consulted broadly Purdue stakeholders about their views of university rankings and their importance to Purdue as an institution. 


Advisory committee members:
Jeffrey Roberts, Dean of the College of Science (Chair)
David Hummels, Interim Dean of the Krannert School of Management
James Mullins, Dean of Libraries
David Robledo, Director of Data Analytics and Information
Maryann Santos de Barona, Dean of the College of Education

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