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Leaders at some of Indiana’s other universities say they’re keeping an eye on Purdue’s plan to freeze tuition for a third year, but it’s not impacting them.

The plan will be formally presented to Purdue Trustees Friday morning by President Mitch Daniels, who says he’s not sure how long the school will continue the practice. It keeps Purdue’s overall cost lower than most, if not all, of the state’s private colleges.

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Purdue University is set to extend its tuition freeze into a third year. President Mitch Daniels, who made the freeze one of his first announcements upon taking the reins of the school, will seek formal approval of the move at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

On Tuesday, the president was quick to say he couldn’t predict how long the policy would last, however.

Purdue to add child care capacity

May 12, 2014

Purdue will be adding child care capacity for more than 100 children at the West Lafayette campus.

President Mitch Daniels made the announcement this morning.

An exact location, timetable and pricing policy will be determined soon.

Daniels says the decision was based on the recommendation of a task force charged with recommending changes that would be cost-effective, significant and achievable in the near term to strengthen Purdue's efforts in recruiting and retaining high-quality employees and students.

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Though it’s unclear whether Purdue will get any federal funding from the deal, President Mitch Daniels inked an agreement with the U.S. Navy Thursday to jointly research energy projects.

Daniels was joined in West Lafayette by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who touted his branch of the military as a historical leader in energy initiatives – pointing out Navy ships have transitioned from wind to coal to oil to nuclear power in 238 years on the seas.

Conversation with Purdue's President for May

May 5, 2014

Purdue’s president says his appointment to the Commission on Presidential Debates is not a conflict of interest.

Mitch Daniels says people who say the position violates his pledge to stay out of politics are mistaken.

He says what he promised to do was avoid activities of a partisan nature.

The Commission selects the locations and moderators for the debates leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels says it’s possible Purdue could put in a bid to host one of the events, but no decision has been made yet.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels took time Thursday to honor two men who helped evacuate residents from an off-campus apartment that was totaled by fire earlier this month.

Daniels gave the school’s “One Brick Higher” award to sophomore ROTC cadet Greg Cohen and to 28-year employee Kevin Thedans.

Both helped rescue people from the blaze, which took the life of 22-year-old Cody Day.

Daniels says he talked with both men in the days leading up to the ceremony, and neither sought praise.

Daniels elected to Commission on Presidential Debates

Apr 17, 2014

The Commission on Presidential Debates has chosen Purdue’s president as one its new members.

In addition to Mitch Daniels, former ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson, former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, and former Pentagon and CIA chief Leon Panetta are among those recently elected to serve on the nonpartisan commission.

The group is charged with producing the presidential and vice presidential debates, including negotiating terms with the candidates and picking the moderators.

Conversation with Purdue's President for April

Apr 15, 2014

A new collaboration involving Purdue aims to make the pathway from drug discovery to the marketplace more efficient.

The university is partnering with Houston Methodist Research Institute for research and educational initiatives, including clinical trials of drugs developed at Purdue.

Philip Low is a Chemistry professor and the inaugural director of the Purdue Center for Drug Discovery.

He says the goal is to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer, and to get those drugs to the patients who need them as soon as possible.

Two Purdue campuses to unify administrations

Feb 26, 2014

Purdue is moving forward with the preparation of a plan that would unify the administration of the university's two northwest Indiana campuses.

The effort stems from a joint proposal by Purdue University Calumet chancellor Thomas Keon and Purdue University North Central James Dworkin to collaborate on a detailed implementation plan for presentation later this year.