During the last several months you may have heard bits and pieces of information about some exciting plans and activities in our college. Much of the publicity has revolved around topics such as the transformation of the college, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and a new competency-based degree being developed. I am sending you this email to answer some of the questions you may have and to... Read More
Faculty and staff development is an important part of the Polytechnic initiative. I would like to review a few important concepts related to faculty and staff development, a plan for which is currently being created and will be shared with everyone in the college in a few weeks.
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By nearly every metric the College of Technology is doing very well. Undergraduate enrollment is up after nearly a decade of decline, the quality of our fall admits is the highest ever, research awards were the highest ever, cash donations to the college continue to grow, globalization efforts are at their highest level of activity ever, diversity of our faculty and students is increasing... Read More
This AACU report (PDF) validates our efforts at Purdue through the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (PPI) initiative led by the College of Technology to transform the learning experience for students.
Many of the findings are items we are addressing through our curriculum innovation as part of PPI... Read More
As students, faculty, and staff return from vacation, I want to take a moment to welcome you back to campus to the next 50 years of the College of Technology at Purdue University.
I hope your summer breaks were both refreshing and productive. Many returning students extended their Purdue practical education over the summer with real-world learning in... Read More
In August, I will begin my 25th year at the College of Technology, and I love the University, the college. I’ve been blessed to serve as a faculty member, as department head, as associate dean, and since 2011, in the Dean’s office. Through that service I’ve come to appreciate and love the college’s faculty and staff, students, alumni, friends, and the many practices and traditions that have... Read More
One of the challenges of taking on a major change initiative such as the Purdue Polytechnic Initiative is the tension between change and innovation on the one hand and faculty governance and process on the other. Here I suggest a way to cut the knot between the two in a way that allows us to (a) move ahead piloting useful innovations and (b) fully respect the tradition of academic governance... Read More
The Wall Street Journal article gives an excellent overview of why Germany is so successful in their applied research efforts and innovation. We are attempting, at a very small scale, to replicate some of this success through the efforts of our faculty and staff. This is an effort to expand, differentiate, and bring distinction to the research we do in the College of Technology.
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Science Insider has posted this evidence-based article that shows that lectures in undergraduate courses are ineffective. The use of active teaching techniques are much more effective.
This is one of the founding principles of the Polytechnic Initiative that we are advocating as we transform the undergraduate curricula in the College of... Read More
This week a very interesting Gallup-Purdue study was published. The results have elements that are closely aligned with the learning transformation we are attempting as part of the Polytechnic Initiative. Many of the attributes measured in the study are about being engaged at work and experiencing high well-being after graduation.
The study found that college experiences matter... Read More