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That’s the word Purdue officials have chosen for their reaction to a call from West Lafayette city leaders who wanted more transparency in the process of deciding which firms would spend as much as $120 million to overhaul State Street.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says a little secrecy is the price of doing business, and says Purdue doesn’t have to help.

But city leaders admit they need the school to front the money or the job will never get started.

That’s just one of the topics on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels.

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A working group convened by the Indiana General Assembly is recommending splitting up many of the functions of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and making the campus an extension of Purdue. But the study includes little input from campus stakeholders.

The working group was convened by an act of the Indiana General Assembly, which has taken an interest in how regional campuses of IU, Purdue and Ivy Tech are serving students.

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The Democratic races for president and for governor have clear frontrunners -- and prominent candidates considering late entries into the race.

John Gregg's strength pushed two rival candidates out of the race for governor, but two more, former Evan Bayh chief of staff Tom Sugar and Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr., are considering jumping in.

IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says it's not too late, but the real deadline is a month or two before the official one of Feb. 5. He says a candidate with good donor access could still catch up to Gregg's $1.8 million war chest.

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The next Democratic presidential nominee could be the oldest in the party’s history. Democrats have only nominated one non-incumbent over 60 since 1880, but frontrunner Hillary Clinton turns 68 this year  and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) turns 74 in September. 

Both candidates would set the record for the party’s oldest nominee, and Sanders would be the oldest first-term nominee in U.S. history.

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The budget which senators will vote on this week singles out two Indiana colleges for an in-depth review.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley‘s budget calls on the Commission for Higher Education to look into Ivy Tech‘s low degree completion rates.

Just four-percent of Ivy Tech students earn their degree on time – and only 28% manage it within six years.

Both figures are the lowest of any state institution in Indiana.

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After a disappointing 73-70 loss to North Florida Saturday, Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter switched things up from the start tonight against IPFW. Painter gave freshmen PJ Thompson and Isaac Haas their first career starts for Purdue, in favor of sophomore Kendall Stephens and junior AJ Hammons.

Painter says the freshmen deserved the starts based on their play.

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Some questions for this month's talk, which can be heard in its entirety from 12:00-12:30 and 6:00-6:30 on WBAA News Wednesday:

You responded Monday to the IPFW faculty senate about comments you made about whether research should be done at regional campuses. What prompted you to respond?

How do you see campuses like IPFW and IUPUI playing into Purdue’s research mission going forward?

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Governor Pence made the rounds with business leaders in New York City Tuesday to recruit investment to Indiana. But many believe he was also recruiting opinions as to whether to make a run for the presidency.

Throughout the morning, the governor‘s official Twitter account and that of Katelyn Hancock from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation tweeted pictures and videos from the trip. But IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says the governor’s message has political undertones.

State lawmakers say the legislature could give Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne more autonomy and flexibility in funding and degree offerings. 

A legislative study committee was tasked this year with investigating the governance structure of the state’s regional university campuses.  And though its initial focus was broad, the committee has narrowed in on one location – IPFW, the state’s fifth largest college campus. 

New IPFW chancellor is a native Hoosier

Jun 19, 2012

An Indiana native will be the next chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Purdue Trustee Tom Spurgeon announced Vicky Carwein will lead the campus. She currently serves as the chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Carwein received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in nursing from what is now IUPUI.

She replaces Michael Wartell who is stepping down at the mandatory retirement age of 65.

IPFW is the fifth largest university in the state with an enrollment of more than 14,000.