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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.

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Purdue University plans to extend its tuition freeze into the 2018-2019 school year.

President Mitch Daniels made the announcement of a sixth year of tuition flatlining Monday, touting the amount of money the school says students and their families have saved as a result.

“If tuition had been raised at Purdue just in lockstep with the national average, Purdue families would by now have spent here more than $225 million," Daniels says. "Instead, they have those dollars.”

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As administrators at Rensselear's Saint Joseph's College debate whether the school will be closed more than just the 2017-2018 school year, Purdue's president has offered to take in students who wish to transfer.

A letter from Purdue President Mitch Daniels to Saint Joseph's President Robert Pastoor Friday promises what Daniels calls "concierge-level service" to any student wishing to transfer, including waiving Purdue's usual $60 application fee.

An executive order issued by President Donald Trump on Friday halts entry to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and has left Indiana colleges and universities scrambling to adjust.

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The Purdue Board of Trustees will vote later this week on whether to split Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne into two separate institutions. On Monday, representatives from IU, Purdue and IPFW met in Fort Wayne, along with Senator David Long, to answer some questions from the public.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels will make almost 99 percent of the possible pay he could have been granted for the 2016 fiscal year, even though as much as $210,000 of it was said to have been “at-risk.”

The Trustees gave Daniels almost $202,000 of that $210,000. That’s on top of his $420,000 base salary and a $100,000 bonus for staying in the job through June 30th of this year.

All told, that means Daniels will earn almost $722,000 of a possible $730,000.

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A group of Purdue professors is getting ready to study whether grades have risen artificially in the last 30 years.

Agriculture professor Levon Esters and math professor Ralph Kaufmann, agree with President Mitch Daniels that the issue deserves consideration if Purdue wants to maintain a reputation for rigor.

“If you have a Purdue education, it means something. If you got an A here, it means something,” Kaufmann says. “It’s not like at other Universities where 40-percent of the grades are A’s, so it doesn’t mean that much.”

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 At a Purdue-hosted forum Monday night, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson spoke to hundreds of questioning students who wanted to know what it could mean to have a Libertarian president.

Johnson focused many of his remarks on giving power to the states instead of the federal government.

The former Republican governor of New Mexico says he pushed for school choice and voucher systems in his state. If elected president, he says he’d eradicate what he calls the Department of Education’s way of solving problems.  

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Purdue University cut the ribbon Monday on a $15 million plant research center that's the first of its kind in North America.

Researchers at the new Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center will study the growing habits of cash crops at the school's 1,400-acre research farm.

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The Purdue Board of Trustees met Friday, where President Mitch Daniels gave his end-of-the-year report and the Board approved an increased cost on faculty health care premiums.

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Purdue University set several records this year with its incoming freshman class, research funding, technology transfer and donations.

But Daniels says there’s still a way to go.

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