Purdue Tenure Policy Could Change To Reflect Gallup Index

Jul 16, 2015

Provost Deba Dutta presented a revised version of a promotion and tenure document to the Academic Affairs Committee of Purdue's Board of Trustees Thursday.

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees is considering changing promotion and tenure criteria for the first time in forty years.

Provost Deba Dutta says the changes will incorporate the results of the Gallup-Purdue Index, which found that Purdue alumni were less likely than other graduates to have felt mentored or cared for by faculty while in school.

Dutta told the Board Thursday the proposed promotion and tenure modifications would emphasize mentoring at-risk students, innovating teaching, and engaging undergraduates in research.

"That directly ties into the results of the Purdue Gallup index, what was received from the alumni that are out there and how much attention was paid to undergraduate research," Dutta says.

The Trustees did not vote on the changes Thursday, but will consider them in their next meeting in October after Dutta discusses the new standards with faculty.