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February 22nd 2016:Purdue's Polytechnic as a Case Study in Transforming Big Public Universities

Many of the examples of successful higher education transformation take place at small campuses started from scratch or in relatively small extant departments, units, or campuses. One important exception to the rule is Purdue University's Polytechnic in which the former College of Technology has been working for three years to become explicitly student centered, competency based, and transdisciplinary as ways to both transform the unit and to show the way to others who seek large public university transformation. In this episode, host Dave Goldberg and co-host Emma Schoenfelner interview Gary

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Gary R Bertoline

Gary R. Bertoline is the Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University. Gary has led the creation of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and the Envision Center for Perceptualization. He also served 5-years as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Technology before becoming dean of the in 2011. He co-founded the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) as well as the Polytechnic Institute initiative at Purdue University. The Polytechnic initiative is a major effort to transform the college’s curricula and learning experie
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Jeffrey Evans

Prior to Jeffrey Evans earning his B.S. from Purdue, he studied music performance, focusing on trumpet and flugelhorn, sharing the stage with legends in the entertainment industry. As an electrical engineer he designed products in medical diagnostics, automotive powertrain control, telecommunications, and consumer safety. During his 22 years in industry he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in communications network performance and adaptive systems on distributed systems. He joined Purdue University in 2003, and has published and presented his work at many national and international conferences and journals. His current research
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Rich Dionne

Rich Dionne is an assistant professor of theatre at Purdue University, where he teaches courses in scenery technology and management for live entertainment. His currently researching robotic scenery and interactive technologies for live performance. His research in instructional design and applications of studio models of instruction for technology students has been presented at conferences worldwide. He has been a Faculty Fellow of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute for three years, working with other Fellows on the development of a competency-based, transdisciplinary degree program focusing on lifelong and whole-student learning and the integration of technology and the humanities.
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Emma Schoenfelner

Emma Schoenfelner is program coordinator at Big Beacon and program assistant for Big Beacon Radio and a 2014 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Television Writing and Producing and minor in Photography. She has worked as an Associate Producer at "Price of Admission", a movie review show on Frequency TV in Chicago, as well as working in Los Angeles for numerous production companies and in casting within the fashion industry. For many years, she has worked in the world of theatre, in both front-of-house and backstage, stateside as well as overseas in Melbourne, Australia. Emma is also a photographer, astrological blogger, and spiritual advisor.
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