Annual Report

Mission Statement

Purdue Promise will champion access, affordability, and holistic support to facilitate opportunities for qualifying Indiana scholars to graduate on time, debt-free, and prepared for life after Purdue.

Purdue Promise has three core values:

  • Include: Embrace and celebrate our diverse community.
  • Support: Foster caring relationships based on trust and accountability.
  • Empower: Cultivate confidence and courage in ourselves and others.

Vision Statement

Purdue Promise aspires to be a nationally recognized model for supporting low-income students, including those who identify as first-generation students and students of color.

Program Elements

Purdue Promise is both a scholarship and a support program. The “Once Purdue Promise, Always Purdue Promise” policy is a commitment that students will receive support through graduation.

  • Scholarship: Purdue Promise functions as a gap scholarship, covering remaining financial need after the Division of Financial Aid applies all other eligible aid to students’ accounts. The 21 st Century Scholars award covers tuition and regularly assessed fees, whereas Purdue Promise applies to other elements of the cost of attendance: room/board, books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Scholarships are both donor-funded and Purdue-funded.
  • Student Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR): Students meet one-on-one with Student Success Coaches (SSCs) during STAR to sign their first scholarship contract. Students must agree to participate in the support program to receive the Purdue Promise award.
  • Boiler Gold Rush (BGR): The Purdue Promise support program requires participation in BGR, Purdue’s welcome week experience. Purdue Promise covers students’ cost of participation.
  • GS 197: The course is a first-year seminar offered in the fall semester and designed specifically for Purdue Promise first-year students. The instructors for the course are students’ assigned SSCs. Students meet at least once with coaches outside of class during the semester.
  • Student Success Coaching Meetings: Between GS 197 and GS 405, students meet with SSCs two to eight times per semester. The program uses an internal color-coding system based on several factors correlated with scholars’ academic standing and/or scholarship status. Green students are least at risk and meet at least twice with their coaches. Yellow students are at risk for academic probation status and meet with coaches two to three times. Red students are most at risk for academic dismissal and/or loss of scholarship. They meet with coaches four to eight times for academic recovery. The attached data references a publication that demonstrates that meeting completion has a statistically significant correlation to GPA.
  • Modules: Students complete three online coaching modules each semester from their first-year spring semester through junior year. Each semester two modules are required, and one is selected by students from a list of options. The attached data references a publication that demonstrates that module completion has a statistically significant correlation to GPA.
  • Free Printing: Purdue Promise supplements the annual printing quota students receive by offering free printing on the fourth floor of the Krach Leadership Center.
  • GS 405: The course is a senior seminar titled “Life After College.” Course topics focus on transition into the workplace, financial literacy, and lifelong financial planning.
  • Study Abroad: When possible, Purdue Promise coordinates and supplements the cost of three-week, three-credit study abroad experience(s) during Maymester. Students typically pay $500 or less for the trip(s).
  • Logging Outreach and Mining Data: Staff track all interactions with students, including details about personal successes and challenges. They use this data for evidence-based decision-making and advocacy. They regularly respond to “issue lists” to reduce barriers to success.
  • 21 st Century Scholar Campus Mentor Network: Staff commit to fostering collaborations with campus partners in order to assist participants and to remove barriers to students’ success. Staff also encourage students’ maximum utilization of personal and professional networks.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in the Purdue Promise four-year experience, students will:

  • Maintain or return to good academic standing.
  • Maintain “on scholarship” status and utilize financial aid efficiently to graduate with a higher debt-free rate than the rate for Indiana residents at Purdue.
  • Report increased confidence in a defined set of life skills.
  • Reflect on the value of their experiences and transferrable skills gained.
  • Demonstrate preparation to enter the workforce, professional/graduate school, military, and/or supporting a family after college.

Notable Changes

  • In May 2020, Purdue made the decision to shift all instruction and assessment to be online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This caused us to change our work in the following ways:
    • Staff were on telework from March 16, 2020 through August 4, 2020.
    • Staff connected daily for half-hour COVID-19 check-in meetings to review policy updates and implications, address questions and concerns, and stay connected.
    • Coaching meetings for spring and summer 2020 were conducted virtually via WebEx.
    • 1:1 meetings and all-staff meetings and trainings were conducted virtually via WebEx.
    • We collaborated with the Division of Summer Session and Office of the Dean of Students to provide a list of WiFi access points and Internet hotspots to students who had limited access to the Internet, or no access at all.
    • We cancelled the annual Maymester study abroad program to Spain.
    • We cancelled the inaugural Maymester study abroad program to Scotland.
    • STAR transitioned to Virtual STAR (VSTAR) and began in May instead of June. Staff conducted all Purdue Promise VSTAR meetings virtually via WebEx.
    • We assisted with piloting the Protect Purdue Plan during Summer Start 2020.
    • We planned for all 2020-21 activities to be offered both in-person and virtually, including GS 197, GS 405, and coaching meetings.
    • We developed online-only sections of GS 197 and GS 405.
    • We prepared to work short-staffed (by three staff members) for fall 2020 due to the institution’s staff hiring freeze. This led to (a) increased caseloads for all coaches, (b) a caseload for the director, (b) increased GS 197 sections for coaches, (d) four sections of GS 405 for the director, and (d) supervision of all coaches by the assistant director.
    • We cancelled planning for study abroad for May 2021.
    • We delayed QPR training for the 2020 cohort as virtual training is not allowable.
  • The following Purdue policy changes as a result of COVID-19 will influence our success rates:
    • temporary extensions to switch to pass / no pass (P/NP) grading scale;
    • temporary extensions to withdraw from individual courses;
    • changes in processes regarding confirming enrollment and paying bills; and
    • temporary changes to credit completion policy for 21st Century Scholars (the state waived up to 15 credits for spring 2020)
  • Four SSCs were hired summer 2019 to fill vacancies created by departures.
  • For the first time, we required all Purdue Promise students to complete the FAFSA in the fall semester. Students enrolled in GS 197 or GS 405 completed it as an assignment. All other students were required to complete it as a module. Since the FAFSA now opens annually on October 1, having students complete it early ensures they meet Purdue’s March 1 deadline and the State’s April 15 deadline, and gives us more time to assist with FAFSA edits and verification.
  • In October 2019, Courtney Wilson (SSC) graduated from Purdue Global with her Master of Higher Education Administration degree with a specialization in Student Affairs.
  • In May 2020, Senior Assistant Director Jess Ramsey graduated from Purdue Global with a MBA.
  • Three staff and 20 students were selected for the May 2020 study abroad trip to Valencia, Spain that was cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope the program will continue in May 2022.
  • Two staff and 19 students were selected to pilot the new May 2020 study abroad program to Glasgow, Scotland, with generous support from the Dean of International Programs. The program was cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope the program will continue in May 2022.
  • The Senior Assistant Director departed June 16, 2020 for an on-campus promotion.
  • In 2019-20 Purdue Promise received the following awards: APSAC Excellence Award (Michelle Ashcraft) and Bravo Award (Jazmine Clifton).
  • In 2019-20 Purdue University was a pilot campus for implementing the new College Scholar Success Program for 21 st Century Scholars, a new requirement beginning with the 2019 cohort. The program will be implemented statewide in 2020-21. We released a page on our website that outlines how students can complete their requirements at Purdue. In response to COVID-19, we collaborated with campus partners to identify virtual opportunities to complete requirements.
  • All Purdue Promise staff continue to certify in Mental Health First Aid and as QPR Gatekeeper Instructors. QPR is a suicide prevention training we provide to all Purdue Promise first-year students. As a result of COVID-19, certification for some new coaches has been delayed. We will resume certification and training for Purdue Promise first-year students as soon as we are able.

Our Data

To view our official data and statistics, please view or download the Annual Report PDF.

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