Changing the way Learning Occurs

Higher education has been driven by the status quo for too long. An outdated agrarian calendar, rigid lecture halls and limited student support services no longer cut it. Purdue challenges traditional teaching by changing the way classes are taught based on research that identifies how today’s students learn best. 


  • Purdue will place a premium on measuring student growth and providing the most growth per educational dollar.
  • The University will utilize learning analytics to improve student achievement.
  • Purdue will double the rate of class transformation, designing classrooms and courses that are rooted in what research shows is best for students, and will lead the nation's universities in creating a new world of learning.
  • Purdue will modularize IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation), giving access and additional program options to instructors looking to create student-centered learning environments.
  • Purdue's classes will support all students to thrive in their education, building on the perspectives and lived experiences that they already possess to further their own aspirations.

Major Milestones

  • The Gallup-Purdue Index, the largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history, was launched in 2013 and provides for the first time productive insights into how institutions of higher education can better prepare their students for meaningful lives after graduation. 
  • Nearly 400 faculty have incorporated student-centered approaches in over 700 courses, with an additional 30-plus courses transformed each semester throughIMPACT.
  • As of Summer 2020, 88% of all undergraduates had taken at least one IMPACT course since the program started in 2011.


  • Purdue continues to spread the word about the benefits of the IMPACT model: Well over 150 unique authors have written more than 50 published journal articles, over 100 presentations, 2 published books, and 2 book chapters.
  • IMPACT efforts were supported in part by a $2.3 million First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) opened August 2017. The 164,000-square-foot facility, located in the heart of campus, blends teaching spaces, library/information services, formal study spaces, collaborative work areas and informal learning spaces. It houses 27 collaborative active learning classrooms and consolidates six engineering and science libraries.
  • 48 percent of instructors interviewed indicated the rigor of their course had increased due to being in a WALC classroom. None of the faculty indicated that the rigor had decreased in their course.
  • The Purdue Polytechnic Institute, officially formed in May 2015, offers the competency-based, hands-on curriculum highly sought after by students and employers alike.
  • In December 2013, Purdue announced the launch of the Gallup-Purdue Index, designed to measure the most important outcomes of higher education — great careers and lives that matter — and provide leaders in higher education with productive insights for meaningful performance improvements.
  • IMPACT faculty report significant increases in student engagement, teaching satisfaction, and improvements in pedagogical practices. 
  • Twelve large, foundational courses with high DFW rates were transformed through IMPACT and now show significant decreases in the DFW rate, decreasing time to degree by allowing more students to pass these foundational courses.