Governor Mike Pence says he wants a conversation with the heads of the public colleges and universities to outline his goals. He says he wants to see innovation and affordability from higher education, and he wants those ideas brought forward.
“We’re going to be promoting legislation that encourages our publicly supported universities and colleges to do an even better job helping our young people achieve that objective of on-time completion and look for ways to make college more affordable.”
As promised, Purdue President Mitch Daniels is letting the campus community know the direction he’d like to lead the university. Daniels released an open letter to students, faculty and staff Friday.
In it, he recaps the research he’s done on higher education since his appointment by the board of trustees. He wants an open discussion on some themes he’d like to address. Those are: excellence, affordability, shared governance, engagement, open inquiry, and common purpose. One specific area is boosting graduation rates.
Purdue’s president elect says he is using criticism to learn more about the school and his position.
Mitch Daniels says he is not trying to silence those concerned with his hiring, but work with them to make the university better.
“If this selection ultimately proves to be a wise one for Purdue, and I am going to do all I can to make that case, then it might well be at a time because at a time of great difficulty for higher ed," he said, "a person who brings some experiences that are complementary might prove to add some value.”