From the Vice Provost
May 2015 – it’s a month I’m going to remember for quite a while.
On the family front, we celebrated our daughter’s wedding in Chicago. We danced, sang and relished every moment of this joyous celebration of her life’s next chapter.
The month also marked new chapters back home at Purdue. First and foremost, our esteemed College of Technology was renamed Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Far from just a name change, the moniker heralds an era of transformation from the ground up – from culture to curricula.
For example, Purdue Polytechnic’s student-focused goals include:
Yearlong, industry sponsored, team-based senior design projects
“Study away” experiences for all students, whether internationally or in high-impact programs in the United States
Design-lab courses every semester
An innovation certification for all students
An entrepreneur certificate for all students
Integration of humanities with technical studies
Transformation of Purdue Polytechnic is just the latest development within the University’s Purdue Moves initiatives – a broad agenda to deliver higher education at the highest proven value.
Also on the Purdue Moves agenda is affordability and accessibility. On this front, I’m pleased to share that the Board of Trustees has approved another tuition freeze – one that will extend the current freeze through a fourth consecutive year, through 2015-16.
It goes without saying, but I will anyway – Purdue’s “Students-First” culture is something of which I am quite proud. The strength of our institution begins with motivated students who are eager to learn, push the boundaries of knowledge and represent the institution well as they live fulfilling lives. And with bold initiatives designed to keep our doors open wide and ensure graduates are prepared for an ever-changing world of work, we demonstrate our commitment to students every single day.
In Admissions, one of the ways we embody that commitment is through customer service. To this end, we’ve created an online “find your counselor” search tool. Of course any of our counselors are ready and able to help you and your students whenever necessary, but you can use the admissions counselor search tool to identify and contact your representative directly.
As the 2014-15 school year comes to a close, I hope you find time for yourself and your own celebrations with family and friends. May your summer be safe and full of joy.
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
P.S. If you’re very attentive and have received these newsletters in the past, you may have noticed my title has changed – from the very long “Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions” to “Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.” My responsibilities have not changed, but my business card sleeve is much lighter now!
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