Study highlights importance of internships in college

While college graduates who had on-the-job training or an internship double their odds of being fully engaged at work, only one in three students actually had these important experiences, according to the Gallup-Purdue Index. The findings highlight the importance of internship-related programs at Purdue University and the need to continue development of similar opportunities.

Self-directed learning motivates Polytech student

"I was given work that I had no idea how to do," first-year student Peter Starr candidly admitted to 150 faculty and staff. "After a while, I realized that was the whole point. It forced me to go to [my professors] to ask good questions [and] to learn on my own."

Starr described his experiences in the new competency-based education program at the College of Technology Dean's Forum on October 31.

Mili article identifies competency-based program roadblocks

Fatma Mili, associate dean of educational research and development in the College of Technology, has written a two-part essay for The EvoLLLution titled "Three Roadblocks to Creating a Competency-Based program."

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute was recently awarded $500,000 from the Office of President to create the University's first competency-based degree program.

The roadblocks identified by Mili include:

In the News: President Daniels discusses Purdue Polytechnic in New Albany

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who became Purdue’s 12th president in January, told Business First this week that university officials are exploring a possible rebranding of some of its operations (such as the College of Technology, which operates a location in New Albany) under the name Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

The institute is part of a Daniels's initiative called Purdue Moves. It would focus on technology transfer, innovation and application-oriented research.