“T” Is for Transdisciplinary

Jeffrey J. Evans1 and Aubrey J. (AJ) Hocker2


The Purdue Polytechnic Institute has embarked on a mission of transforming itself to embrace and prepare the T-shaped technical professional needed to impact and thrive in the 21st century, global, digital, thinking economy. To help inform undergraduate curriculum transformation, a group of faculties spanning disciplines from the humanities to technology studies was formed to “incubate” new forms of learning and assessment. This chapter describes our transformational approach to creating T-shaped professionals. The incubation period has resulted in a regionally accredited competency-based program, one of the first in the nation at a research intensive ...

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