As a college, we have been working on the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (PPI) since last summer, and as I talk to faculty, colleagues, students, alumni, corporate partners, and friends of Purdue Technology, a number of questions have arisen. Over the next few months, I plan to write about the PPI, where it’s going, what it has accomplished, what needs to be done, and what you can... Read More
I think the most important part of the article is this question posed by Thomas Friedman to the person in charge of hiring at Google:
“Are the liberal arts important?”
“They are “phenomenally important,” he said, especially when you combine them with other disciplines.”
This is exactly what we are attempting to do with the transformation... Read More
Although this article is about private colleges, it describes the general enrollment challenges that will be facing all of higher education. To compete and grow our enrollment, we need to show greater value than our competition.
I believe that curriculum transformation and adopting the principles of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute will result in greater value and enrollment growth... Read More
I made a keynote presentation at Automation World’s The Automation Conference in Chicago on Wednesday (May 15). Automation World did a good job of summarizing my remarks.
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Those who know me are familiar with my occasional rants related to the fallacy held by many in this country that basic research precedes applied research. The fact is there is a complicated interaction between both pure and applied research, and they are both important to supporting and growing a modern economy and nation.... Read More
This Forbes article describes the ranking systems in higher education and how they can be misleading to prospective students, parents and the general public.
Purdue is a highly ranked university in nearly every ranking system in the world. But do those rankings... Read More
The New York Times article titled The Professors’ Big Stage by Thomas Friedman explains the impact of MOOCs (massive open online courses) as well as the challenges higher education faces, especially in how we deliver instruction.
This articles goes to the core of what I have... Read More
We have begun a soft roll-out of an initiative related to sustainability for the College of Technology. Sustainability is important not only for the future of the world but also to the future graduates of our college who will become industry and community leaders. Sustainability is important because all of the choices we make today will affect the future. By continuing with our current... Read More
I just read a survey conducted by IBM that looks at the opinions and views of students and CEOs. The survey’s primary findings include:
- Students see openness as a pervasive force; they are strongly oriented toward collaboration, creativity and innovation.
- Students today place more value on social media for customers, themselves and others than CEOs; CEOs... Read More