Dean's Initiatives

Strengthen Undergraduate Experience

Degree in 3

Degree in 3 offers an expedited course of study for 20+ majors with a three year track to a degree. For 85% of incoming students pursuing a bachelor of arts, a three year path to degree is an option this fall. Degree in 3 students will differentiate themselves as driven, focused, and motivated. These students will complete the same degree requirements, the same classes, and the same number of credits as any student who earns a degree from our college. Students will be able to participate fully in campus life, study abroad, and complete an internship even as they proceed on an accelerated, economical path to a bachelor’s degree and begin their careers a year earlier. Learn More

Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts

Cornerstone seeks to enhance the educational experience of all students through its faculty-taught courses. The 15 credit hour certificate program adds depth to majors in Engineering, Science, Technology, Health, and Management with a series of themes that teach students to view areas of study through the lens of the humanities and social sciences. A new two-semester sequence seeks to redefine the first year experience. These faculty-taught courses will cultivate exceptional communication skills and develop an appreciation for the need to examine a diversity of opinions and develop as lifelong learners. It fosters the creative thinking that makes good business and industry leaders positioned to make a transformative impact on the world and their communities. Learn More

Career Center

The Liberal Arts Career Center helps students launch their careers through internships and first jobs. Through company partnerships, alumni connections, and career-focused programming, the Career Center helps students gain practical experience alongside their academics and get a foot in the door with potential employers while broadening the appreciation for Purdue Liberal Arts graduates as an important talent resource. Learn More


Job-Ready addresses the need for practical, on-the-job experience alongside strong academic preparation. To make unpaid and low-paid internship opportunities a viable option for more students, the College will provide awards of up to $2,000 for students who choose to pursue such opportunities. The Dean has made $50,000 in gift funds available for Job-Ready in 2016. Learn More

*Job Ready has expended all of its funds for 2016-17, and the application process is closed.


Innovate supports an energized commitment to undergraduate education. The Innovate Fund provides funding to faculty members to develop new, forward-looking majors, minors, and certificates in its undergraduate programs as well as polishing and improving established programs and curricula. During 2015-16, the fund will distribute up to $300,000 for bold, new ideas that transform course offerings, fuel meaningful innovation across the curriculum, and enhance the student experience. Learn More

Upgrade Graduate Education

Graduate Research Scholar Initiatives

To ensure that our graduate programs remain vibrant, nationally-recognized, and positioned to advance the research mission of the College, we are committed to reducing the overall number of graduate students, working towards higher graduate stipends, lowering teaching loads, and increasing research support to nurture the next generation of scholars. Those are the hallmarks of excellence in graduate education and hallmarks of our commitment to the students who choose Purdue for their graduate study. Between Fall 2015 to Fall 2017, we reduced the number of incoming funded graduate students across the college by 20 percent and increased minimum stipends from $14,000 to $17,000. During the same period, we doubled the percentage of students in graduate research assistantships from 10 to 21%. These increases represent progress toward goals outlined in early 2016 and discussed in the higher education press.


Promoting Research Opportunities to Maximize Innovation and Scholarly Excellence (PROMISE) Awards enhance graduate student education by empowering research and creative activity in the liberal arts. Support will take the form of awards for domestic research and conferences as well as international research and travel. The Dean has allocated $100,000 to invest in this program for the current academic year. Learn More

Enhance Faculty Excellence


Aspire addresses the importance of the scholarship of our faculty to enhance institutional excellence and to promote all areas of intellectual inquiry. Funding will support expenses related to scholarship and creative activity both domestically and internationally. We are committed to championing CLA faculty research. The Provost has allotted $500,000 annually for ASPIRE in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Learn More


CREATE supports the development of new artistic works emphasizing the need to address the expenses directly related to the research and production and presentation of new creative work. Create will inspires creative individuals to produce and present artistic work at the very highest levels. Learn More


Engage provides financial support to tenure‐track faculty members, especially early‐ and mid‐career faculty, to organize 2‐3 day workshops focused on advancing a piece of scholarship and/or creative activity that is in final draft form. An individual Liberal Arts faculty member (or co‐authors) with a final draft of a book manuscript, 2‐3 related journal articles, and/or a creative work (e.g., a play, a piece of music, a collection of artwork) can invite 3‐5 leading scholars and/or practitioners in the field to visit campus and consult and advise on ways to strengthen/improve the work‐ in‐progress as part of a competitive funding program. Learn More


2Teach enables tenured faculty to expand their teaching with study in a second/related discipline and develop their undergraduate instruction capabilities to better align their own academic interests with the teaching needs of the College. With significant percentages of undergraduate instruction delivered by graduate students, many faculty in the College have focused much of their teaching on graduate students, generally in areas tied to their own specialized research. As undergraduate teaching duties shift back to the faculty, it is critical that more faculty members in the College are equipped to provide excellent undergraduate instruction. Learn More


Fall 2015 the College will launch a new resource for researchers in the Social Sciences. The BRASS (Boiler Research Analysis for Social Sciences) server will provide access to a number of statistical software packages and tools for Purdue researchers without any fees. Running on a secure and scalable server environment, this platform can grow to meet evolving needs. In the near future, the platform will also provide some commonly available data sets. Learn More

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