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Faculty members are poring over past academic records to investigate whether grade inflation occurs at Purdue.

Agriculture professor Levon Esters says the investigation came at the urging of Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Esters says besides GPA records, the investigative committee has to consider other factors that could be affecting grades – such as Purdue’s changing approach to student academic services, or increased parent involvement.

 

Reagan Roush likes things spicy.

“When I make Mexican ground beef, I add an onion and a green pepper and three habanero peppers,”  Roush says, with a smile. “And yes, it is hot.”

For Roush, who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, cooking is more than just the steps to a tasty meal. To him, it’s a sign he’s moving toward his ultimate goal: independence.

6 Questions To Ask About The Purdue-Kaplan Deal

May 10, 2017

So, there’s been some big news going around the higher education world this past week. In a nutshell: Indiana’s Purdue University will acquire the for-profit Kaplan University, which operates primarily online.

Since this news broke, there’s been plenty of speculation about what it means when a public research university acquires a for-profit entity: Is this a way for a public research university to reach more students? Is this a way that a for-profit college can operate in “stealth mode?”

We take a look at the biggest questions surrounding the move:

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Purdue University’s office of the dean of students received more than 300 reports of academic dishonesty this year.

About 7-percent of academic dishonesty complaints came from the school’s newly-implemented integrity hotline. Associate Dean of Students Jeff Stefancic says there was student demand for a line to contact the office about cheating concerns.

He says he hopes that attitude, plus an improved student-led honor pledge, will promote an academically honest campus culture.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels Thursday attempted, to the Purdue Senate, to defend his school’s decision to buy online education provider Kaplan.

Daniels says much of the reporting of the merger has been fraught with inaccuracies, including that Kaplan University is currently subject to student lawsuits.

Daniels took questions from the faculty and says success for the merger means thousands more degrees are awarded in the next 5-10 years and the deal becomes a significant revenue source for Purdue.

Sanctuary Campuses Now Banned Under Indiana Law

May 3, 2017

Indiana has officially outlawed so-called sanctuary campuses, colleges and universities that pledge they won’t share anyone’s immigration status with federal authorities.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb bans higher education institutions from officially pledging non-cooperation with immigration authorities. If one does, the state would be able to file a civil suit and a court could enjoin the institution.

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The West Lafayette Community School Corporation will continue to collect an extra property tax thanks to the overwhelming majority of voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s referendum.

Of the 2,233 ballots cast, 2,105 voters chose to continue paying an additional 37 cents per $100 of property valuation. There were 128 "No" votes.

Purdue economist and tax policy researcher Larry DeBoer says the 94 percent passage rate is the largest percentage of "Yes" votes in any Indiana education referendum.

 

Alex Rodriguez dials an unfamiliar number on his cell phone.

“Yes?,” a voice on the other end answers. On speakerphone, the phone booms inside Rodriguez’s parked silver Ford Escape.

“This is Alex,” Rodriguez says. “I’m on the way to your home so that I can complete the enrollment for the kids.”

An estimated 3 million migrant workers travel the nation each year, following work. Depending on the season, Indiana farms employ between 2,000 and 20,000. And like anyone in the nation under 22, migrant workers and children are entitled by law to an education.

Voters Consider Extending West Lafayette School Tax

May 2, 2017
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Voter turnout has been slow, but steady for Tuesday’s ballot question on extending an extra property tax for the West Lafayette Community Schools.

Sporting shimmering red athletic shoes, a red coat, gray sweater and gray and red ball cap, Superintendent Rocky Killion was the embodiment of a Red Devil fan.  

It’s what he wears to school on Fridays – spirit days – and game days. 

This morning on WBAA's Wake-Up Call, a conversation with Andrew Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc.

The interview was recorded following last week's following  announcement that Purdue University is acquiring the online institution’s academic assets, including 32,000 students, 3,000 employees and 15 campuses and learning centers.

Rosen joined Kaplan in 1992, and has been responsible for the company’s technology growth, geographic expansion and focus on student success and outcomes.

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