In summer 2010, a team of faculty and staff attended the AAC&U Greater Expectations and recommended that the campus create and implement “My IUPUI Experience” as an overreaching developmental framework for curricular and co-curricular learning that would define the distinctive character of an IUPUI undergraduate experience.
A key component of the "My IUPUI Experience" framework is the Personal Development Plan (PDP), which allows students to more effectively map out and navigate their academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their subsequent careers. As defined by IUPUI's University College, the PDP is the product of a personalized planning process that enables students to understand, implement, and chart progress toward their degrees and college goals. By articulating how the Principles of Undergraduate Learning will frame their learning and by beginning to plan educational experiences such as those included in the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative, students are empowered to take charge of their own education. Students develop a PDP in their first-year seminar course with the guidance of their instructional team, but the critical feature of the plan is that it is intended to be a living portfolio for each student—open to revision and to re-evaluation at critical points in their college journey as students work in collaboration with academic advisors, faculty, career counselors, experiential mentors, and peer mentors in their majors.
Overall, the ePDP gives students a compass to navigate complex educational settings, further intellectual development, and see the relevance and value of learning.