Last year I shared three of our goals for the College of
Liberal Arts. It is my pleasure to report on our progress and
outline plans for 2016–17 as we work to emerge as a leader
in innovative Liberal Arts education and scholarship.
We said we would:
Tell our story better. To support this effort, we established
an office of Marketing and Communications. This team
shapes our message for internal and external constituents
and played an integral role in increasing our number of
Indiana and domestic non-resident students in our fall 2016
freshman class. This year, we will execute a strategic
communication plan to reinforce our message about the
benefits of studying the Liberal Arts at Purdue—and their
essential role in the education of all students.
Ensure that our students graduate with sought-after,
tangible, evident skills. To enhance our students’ career
readiness, we are developing our online alumni mentor
network to help students build connections beyond campus.
Alongside the mentor network, our Job-Ready awards
provided more than $50,000 in support, thanks to
generous donations to the CLA Dean’s Fund, to assist
students in unpaid or low-paid internships. Before the end
of 2016, the College will open its first dedicated career center
to assist students in their search for internships and jobs.
Champion the teaching and research accomplishments
of faculty. Three new funds supported the work of our
faculty and graduate students. INNOVATE invested
$258,000 in 18 proposals to develop new majors, minors,
course revisions, and certificates in undergraduate
education. Our students can now pursue studies in medical
humanities, human rights, and a new global studies major.
ASPIRE invested $331,000 in 181 awards to support
faculty research and creative endeavor, enabling them to
share their work and build our reputation across their
disciplines. Our PROMISE awards invested $175,000 in
185 awards to graduate students for travel and research.
Each of these programs continues this year.
In the coming year, we will also:
Establish Cornerstone, an integrated liberal arts
program to provide all Purdue students a more coherent
and purposeful approach to our fields.
Build relationships with employers to provide the
connections that help our students move successfully into
their professional lives.
Explore new ways to generate financial resources to
sustain greater financial independence across the College.
The challenges facing those of us who believe in the Liberal
Arts are not insignificant. But at Purdue, I have seen an
unwavering commitment to the importance of our disciplines.
Thank you for your commitment to these efforts.
DAVID A. REINGOLD
Justin S. Morrill Dean
Photo by Mark Simons.