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.
"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.
Purdue's College of Technology at South Bend is one of three pilot sites this fall for the Purdue Polytechnic Initiative. Purdue Polytech is designed to provide students competency-based, interdisciplinary instruction.
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:
Purdue University president Mitch Daniels awarded $500,000 to the College of Technology and Purdue Polytechnic Institute to create the University's first competency-based degree program. The announcement was made during a Sept. 4 news conference on campus.
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.
The November/December edition of Purdue Alumnus delves into President Mitch Daniels's Purdue Moves, which include the creation of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (PPI) in the College of Technology.
The PPI is introduced as "a hub for consumer-oriented technology research."
(Photo: Gary Bertoline, dean of the College of Technology, uses a coaching analogy to help explain how the college is transforming with the help of faculty and staff.)
Six weeks after Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced his Purdue Moves for the University, the framework for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute is beginning to take shape.
Gary Bertoline, dean of the College of Technology, is featured in the September 2013 issue of ASEE Prism. He talked with Thomas Grose about the planned Polytechnic Institute and its goals.
The article starts out: