WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Purdue President Mitch Daniels about summer enrollment, the academic reputation of the incoming freshman class, and his role on the National Research Council's Committee on Human Spaceflight.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about the FY14 proposed general fund budget, which includes a freeze on tuition.
He credits the increase in funding from the General Assembly on Purdue doing well on the performance-based metrics the state uses to partly fund higher education. The state also is giving Purdue $50 million to build the Active Learning Center, which is designed to make classes more collaborative, instead of strictly lectures.
Daniels also talks about the academic profile of the incoming class for fall of 2013.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels says the university is working to fight racism on campus. However, he admits it will be difficult to eliminate it completely. Daniels believes an overwhelming number of people who work and study at Purdue are committed to respect for all.
University police are investigating a possible hate crime that involved someone writing a racial slur on a sign and drawing a picture of a body hanging from a tree. The sign was part of a display left after the Purdue Anti-Racism Coalition’s march and demonstration at Hovde Hall earlier this week.
It’s been a week since Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced plans to freeze pay for some administrative and professional employees. It would cover the next two years and affect those making more than $50,000 a year. Senior administrators and deans are included. Faculty and other employees with salaries under $50,000 would still be eligible for a raise.
Daniels says he’s receiving feedback on the idea and open to refining the proposal. However, he says the move is designed to save $5 million.
Purdue enrollment experts are predicting a smarter group of incoming freshman for the fall.
Based on projections and compared to current first-year students, Dean of Admissions Pam Horne says this fall’s group will have a higher grade point average and tested better on the SAT or ACT exam.
“The combination of our alumni, of our partners across campus – it’s not just the Admissions Office - who reaches out to these students, lets them know what Purdue has for them in terms of not only our academic programs but our co-curricular offerings that really makes the difference.”