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More than half a dozen university presidents have penned open letters opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.

“I had been watching the law develop and its repercussions over a couple days and I felt personally very strong about it," says DePauw University President Brian Casey. Like most, Casey's letter is personal – addressed as much from the administrator as from the university.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Congress can do much to improve the areas of college accessibility and affordability, starting with loosening some federal regulations.

Daniels brought that message to Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying before the House Subcommittee on Education and Workforce Training.

He says one thing the federal government can do to make it easier for students to attend college is to modernize the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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One of Mitch Daniels’ pushes as Purdue President has been to try to amass as much data as he can showing his school is, by a phalanx of empirical measures, a quality institution. And so, the man who instituted performance testing for K-12 teachers as Indiana governor now wants to implement a similar measure for college students.

“All we’re interested in, really, is how as a group Boilermakers are growing,” Daniels says.

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There was a brief moment at the ribbon-cutting for the new Amazon pickup location that spoke to the debate surrounding it.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who’d been handed one of those oversized pairs of scissors used only for such an occasion, found that though the space behind him was cutting edge, his scissors were not – he tried repeatedly to slice the ribbon, was met with little success and almost gave up.

“Ok, it’s off…seemed like a good idea,” Daniels joked to the crowd.

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An event that had been whispered about for weeks was brought into the open Wednesday at Purdue – the arrival of a $40 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

It’s the largest single cash gift Purdue has ever received.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels alluded to the cloak-and-dagger nature of the two weeks leading up to the announcement in his remarks.

“I’m pretty sure some of you came expecting me to announce we found Amelia [Earhart]’s plane,” Daniels joked. “That’s the next announcement.”

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Following a late night trip home after watching the Purdue women’s basketball team defeat Minnesota in overtime Thursday, Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke joins us for our bi-weekly conversation to talk about autonomy in Div. I athletics.

In light of the NCAA’s meeting, what might the new abilities of schools in the so-called “Power 5” conferences mean for Purdue? And what effect might it have on the bottom line?

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Leaders from Indiana’s public universities made their biennial trip to the State Budget Committee on Wednesday in advance of a new state budget that legislators will debate early next year.

A big part of the universities’ presentations is proving to the committee how much work they’ve put into improving their institutions.

Graduating students on time is a major focus of the legislature, so one of Purdue president and former governor Mitch Daniels’ budget requests is more money to help increase the number of students taking summer classes.

'Die-in' Protests Inaction On Racism At Purdue

Dec 9, 2014
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Just as the campus community was leaving its offices and classrooms to go out into the midday rain, a group of community members calling itself the Purdue Social Justice Coalition was preparing to interrupt those midday activities.

Emerging from the Purdue Union, several group members walked to nearby State Street and splayed themselves across the busy thoroughfare, forcing campus police to divert traffic.

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General Electric has announced plans to invest $10 million with Purdue, in hopes researchers on the West Lafayette campus can help improve the company’s advanced manufacturing technology.

GE Director of Global Research Mark Little envisions a day where each part made in a GE factory includes sensors which communicate how well the part works. But that day is far in the future, he says.

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Purdue’s President is teaching a class for the first time this semester. But recently, it was he who got a grade – an 88%, about a B+ -- from the university’s board of trustees for the metrics which affect his merit pay.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask if his grade was fair and how he evaluates his own performance.

We also chat about India – it’s a huge market and one Purdue already has connections to through its student base and some of its top administrators. But not that many American students intern there.

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