Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Chart(er)ing A Course To More Black Students

Jun 24, 2015

Daniels says establishing a charter school was "the only way to do it."
Credit Purdue University

Charter schools have been one of the most divisive education issues of the last decade in Indiana education circles. But on today’s monthly conversation with Purdue president Mitch Daniels, he calls criticism of them “rubbish” as he explains why the school needs one to recruit more black students.

As Purdue has recruited more international and out-of-state students to balance out its tuition freezes, imbalances in the student body have emerged. Some of them are attendance-based – there are a lot of Asian students and few African-Americans.

But even as black students can’t get into Purdue, faculty and staff complain that international students aren’t prepared for life at a Midwestern college when they do arrive.

On this month’s program, we talk about the changing makeup of the Purdue student body and what’s being done to contort it in the future.