From the director’s chair (December 2012)
Fall 2012 enrollment has once again reached another major milestone in professional program participation. In listening to our student population and their respective organizations, we added and/or enhanced our program offerings providing, yet again, unique areas of focus. Graduate enrollment under the administration of ProSTAR is now roughly one-third of the total graduate enrollment in the College of Technology. As a college, and as an organization responsible for professional working adult learner growth, we are very pleased.
As discussed in previous issues, ProSTAR strategic direction is aligned with Purdue University and the College of Technology. We have been focusing our efforts in three areas: (1) building, maintaining and improving upon existing core program areas, (2) investing in distance technologies in support of current and future programs, and (3) focusing efforts on international markets.
Core program areas are those areas predominantly capitalizing on our current distance hybrid weekend program format, or, alternatively, on-site programs. In this medium, we listen very intently to our customers and their employers to better understand how best to serve their needs and/or improve our programs. Relative to distance learning, we currently have three very successful 100 percent distance programs. We have found, as expected, participants to these programs originate from both national and international markets. Distance learning has become a major focused effort within the College of Technology. We are investing heavily in infrastructure and technology to move this medium of communication forward. From an international perspective, we are continuing to have conversations on opportunities to work collaboratively with international institutions on professional programs.
As is the case this time of year, our hearts and minds are wrapped around the activities of the season. We in ProSTAR feel very fortunate to have the many opportunities to serve those individuals in our professional programs. We do not take for granted your participation, past or present, and as always, we sincerely value your inputs.
From our ProSTAR family to yours, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
Mitchell L. Springer, Ed.D., PMP, SPHR