Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost for Scholarship and Public Engagement, Indiana Wesleyan University

Jerry Pattengale, Ph.D. speaks nationally and contributes regularly to the scholarship on Millennials and student success. His publications include Why I Teach (McGraw-Hill, 2008), Visible Solutions for Invisible Students (University of South Carolina Press, 2000), The Purpose-Guided Student (McGraw-Hill, in press), and co-author of Helping Sophomores Succeed: Understanding and Improving the Second Year Experience (Jossey Bass). Pattengale is the founder of Purpose-Guided Education, and his mantra is “The dream needs to be stronger than the struggle.” He coined “purpose-guided education” in 1997 while leading the implementation of student success programs at Indiana Wesleyan University.  In 2004, IWU received national recognition for these efforts through its selection as a Founding Institution in the Foundations of Excellence program of the National Policy Center (NC). The university was benefited from involvement in The Lilly Endowment’s program for focused research on “vocation.” Purpose-guided education prioritizes intrinsic motivation and helps students to become more engaged in learning experiences through connecting their beliefs and life goals to curricular requirements. The application of his views is found in Why I Teach and The Purpose-Guided Student (McGraw-Hill, 2008 & 2009 releases). He contributes regularly to educational issues related to student motivation and success, speaking nationally in various conference and media venues.

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