I would like to share some insights on two major activities: one related to an opportunity for our college to fill a critical need in the area of manufacturing and the other related to our bold step forward in establishing a polytechnic high school in Indianapolis.
Over the past few years, the College of Technology, primarily through the Polytechnic... Read More
I would like to share an update on three very important activities – one that takes place tomorrow (April 29), one that will be highly visible beginning Fall 2015, and one that may take place over the summer.
Purdue Day of Giving
As you know we have been getting a great deal of support from Purdue President Mitch Daniels for our transformational efforts. Financially, the college has received support through an increase in recurring funding as well as the recent gift from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Just as important has been the president... Read More
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.
A... Read More
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 internships... 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