WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - New details are presented as Purdue administrators work to sell new university initiatives to faculty. As News 18 reported last month, President Mitch Daniels unveiled 10 focused areas for improvement, including changing the way learning occurs. Now, officials are working to get professors on board.
Monday's University Senate meeting was filled with presentations. The first was from Provost Tim Sands. He explained how the university plans to advance student success. He said IMPACT, digital technology, and more summer courses will play a huge part. IMPACT is a project that stands for "Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation." He said the idea is to transform the tradition lecture into an active way of learning.
"Lecture halls will be transformed into flexible lecture halls so that you could listen to a lecture, then you could turn around and engage with a group of students sitting near you and do a group assignment, then you could flip back to listening to the lecture," explained Sands.
The transformation of these courses is one of President Mitch Daniels' new initiatives. Sands said 63 courses have already been transformed. He said the program really centers around the faculty.
"All of our campus resources are brought to the faculty, so that they can take advantage of the research that is out there on student learning, so that they can bring to bear all the technologies that we've developed and put it all together to see something that will improve the student learning outcomes," said Sands.
While the university is working to drive student success, a task force, charged by Daniels, has been working to figure out how to measure a student's growth during their time at Purdue. Students will be assessed on intellectual growth, personal development, and interpersonal skills. Jeff Karpicke with the Department of Psychological Sciences said it could be a challenge getting the students involved.
"The key is to make these assessment meaningful to students. Make them meaningful in that they're providing useful information to students that they can use now to help them improve their learning, improve their general experience at Purdue," said Karpicke.
The task force plans to forward recommendations, like creating an evaluation and a resource team, to President Daniels by the end of the month.
The University Senate also voted Monday to endorse a document on clinical and professional faculty appointment and promotion. Chairperson David Williams said the document sends a message that clinical and professional faculty members are valued.
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