First Look at the 2015-2020 College of Agriculture Strategic Plan 


​​​Purdue College of Agriculture Strategic Plan 2009–2014

VisionDr. Gebisa Ejeta - Winner of the 2009 World Food Prize

Purdue Agriculture will make the world better through:

  • Students who are prepared to make a difference
  • Research with purpose leading to discovery with impact
  • Engagement that transforms lives and livelihoods


Through leadership and innovation in learning, discovery, and engagement, Purdue Agriculture strives to be at the forefront of sustainable and dynamic agricultural, food, and natural resource systems, helping make a better Indiana, nation, and world.

Leadership in the Food, Agricultural, Life, and Natural Resource Sciences

Goal: Lead in framing issues, solving problems, and delivering timely solutions that impact important challenges in our state, nation, and world.


  1. Prepare and expect faculty, staff, and students to make leadership contributions at the university, local, state, national, and global levels.
  2. Develop an understanding of, a respect for, and rewards for excellence in teaching, research, Extension and their integration.
  3. Expand College of Agriculture participation in large‐scale, multidisciplinary research and engagement to address critical issues for Indiana, the nation, and the world.
  4. Invest in long‐term capacity to identify critical issues proactively.
  5. Reduce time from discovery to delivery, enhancing the College's ability to respond to urgent and/or rapidly evolving situations.
Dr. Clint Chapple 

Students Prepared for a Changing World

Goal: Prepare students for global leadership in food, agriculture, life, and natural resource sciences through exemplary teaching, mentoring, improved broadening experiences, and enhanced partnerships with public and private organizations.


  1. Improve the college's academic profile by attracting better prepared students and graduating them at higher rates.
  2. Expect every undergraduate student to participate in at least one transformational learning experience prior to graduation.
  3. Increase the number, diversity, and professional preparation of graduate students.
  4. Develop and promote excellence in teaching.
  5. Enhance advising and develop key corporate and public partnerships to improve student success and networking with industry, public sector, and academic professionals.
Discovery Addressing Our Most Pressing Social and Scientific Issues 

Discovery Addressing Our Most Pressing Social and Scientific Issues

Goal: Foster a culture of scholarship across the College of Agriculture that enables growth of high-impact discovery addressing society's most important challenges.


  1. Create a culture of "discovery" inclusive of all faculty, research staff, and students.
  2. Provide staff and material support to transdisciplinary, intellectual "topic" communities charged with developing strategies to enhance discovery.
  3. Fully fund more graduate fellowships.
  4. Develop and implement strategic initiatives to facilitate the repair and enhancement of our base discovery infrastructure and develop core facilities with well‐trained staff.
  5. Provide administrative support to enable discovery faculty and staff to be efficient and successful in the pursuit of outside funding from government, corporate, and private sources.
Extension That Is Engaged, Connected, and Impactive 

Extension That Is Engaged, Connected, and Impactive

Goal: Engage people in transformational learning experiences resulting in demonstrated impact that enhances their lives and/or livelihoods.


  1. Build transformational learning programs focused on high‐priority issues that bring about lasting change.
  2. Engage and expand the learner base with innovative strategies and Web‐based technology.
  3. Equip local communities to gain an understanding and take advantage of globalization.
P–14 Students Interested in and  Prepared for Agricultural Sciences 

P–14 Students Interested in and Prepared for Agricultural Sciences

Goal: Expand the pool of students interested in, and prepared for, careers in food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences.


    1. Develop a comprehensive plan to focus and leverage College P–14 initiatives, positioning the College for national leadership in food, agricultural, life, social, and natural resource sciences education.
    2. Engage in activities to help develop educators and better prepare them for their roles as teachers of food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences.
    3. Build interest in food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences among the P–14 community through a set of coordinated, high‐impact initiatives and partnerships.
    4. Help prepare P–12 students for post‐secondary education in the agricultural, life, and social sciences.
    5. Support scholarship that sheds insights on important P–14 education questions in the food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences.
Our College: Who We Are and How We Work 

Our College: Who We Are and How We Work

Goal: Strengthen a community and a climate where diverse and unique contributions, talents, and skills of faculty, staff, and students are acknowledged, valued, respected, and rewarded, and where service for the good of the College is valued and excellence in discovery, learning, engagement, and their integration is pursued.


  1. Understand and promote diversity within the College of Agriculture.
  2. Recruit and retain a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.
  3. Enhance Purdue Agriculture's climate as a welcoming and inclusive community.
  4. Create and promote a statement of ideals of citizenship in Purdue Agriculture to be aspired to by all faculty, staff, and students.