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, one of the student pioneers in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, described his experiences in the new program at the College of Technology Dean's Forum, October 31, 2014.

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.

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