Wow! Where do I start? We have so much to celebrate, and the future of our college could not be brighter. Allow me to share some thoughts on several exciting topics: enrollment, transformation, student success, faculty hires, a potential new building and the Sesquicentennial.
- We are on the verge of crushing our Purdue Moves enrollment target. When the census is... Read More
Are you happy? Seems like an odd question to be asking at a commencement address, so let me explain.
The second paragraph of our nation’s Declaration of Independence states the following: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and... Read More
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of speaking with about 60 students admitted to our college who were attending, with their parents, an event hosted by Toni Munguia’s team. Many of these students are in the process of deciding if they want to enroll at Purdue or attend college elsewhere. Last time I checked, there were over 3,000 universities offering bachelor’s degrees in... Read More
Space — there is never enough. If you have a two-car garage, you want a third. If you have a 15-foot fishing boat, you realize a 19-footer would be much better. And if you offer a learn-by-doing, collaborative learning environment to a growing number of students, hire a few dozen additional faculty, and expand the college’s research portfolio, then you need more teaching lab,... Read More
Approximately 300,000 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in STEM fields are awarded every year in the United States. That seemed to be a respectable amount until I learned the country would need one million additional college graduates in STEM fields over the next decade in order for the U.S. to retain our historical preeminence in science and technology, meet workforce... Read More
The Polytechnic transformation impacts not only how our college approaches teaching and learning but also our research enterprise.
This past August, thirty Polytechnic faculty identified research impact areas to leverage our existing research strengths and address global grand challenges that align with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The faculty as a whole... Read More
In nearly every blog entry I write, I mention that these are exciting times for our college. Here I go again! Please allow me to share some excitement about our college’s research efforts.
Several years ago, we committed to raising the research profile of our college to be commensurate with that of a... Read More
I would like to welcome all faculty, staff, and students back for another academic year. It has been a very busy summer with many faculty working on the college’s transformation, students and faculty studying abroad, faculty identifying grand challenges in a research workshop, and our staff working hard on meeting our enrollment targets and getting everything ready for the start of... Read More
Since the inception 52 years ago of the College of Technology, now transformed into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, numerous degree programs, majors, minors, departments, and schools have been created, phased out, merged, or modified, all of which has led to the present organizational state of the college. I believe the time is right for the college to reorganize once more to be... Read More