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Purdue president back on campus, classes resume today

Jan 23, 2014

Purdue’s president is back on campus.

Mitch Daniels returned from a trip to Colombia, which he cut short following Tuesday’s fatal shooting.

He says a thorough review of the emergency response to the incident is already underway.

But Daniels says based on initial briefings he is pleased with how the situation was handled.

Classes resume today on the West Lafayette campus.

Daniels says he will spend the next few days talking to students to see how they're doing.

Purdue announces research collaboration with Gallup

Dec 17, 2013

Purdue is announcing a research collaboration with Gallup to measure the overall success at work and in life of America's college graduates and Purdue graduates specifically.

The Gallup-Purdue Index will constitute the largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history.

University president Mitch Daniels says over the next few months, the first annual national benchmark survey will be conducted of approximately 30,000 college graduates.

Conversation with Purdue's president for November

Nov 27, 2013
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The Purdue Research Foundation is taking over fundraising and investment operations for the University.

Administrators say it will provide more flexibility and allow both the University Development Office and P.R.F. to better serve donors. Foundation President Dan Hasler says both have similar functions, so combining the two makes sense.

Purdue cautiously moving ahead with MOOCs

Nov 4, 2013

The development of Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – continues at Purdue.

The university requested proposals from professors earlier this year to begin teaching this fall. However, administrators are still assessing the effort it takes to implement and manage such a course, which could have thousands of students enrolled from around the world.

President Mitch Daniels says it’s a costly undertaking to do it correctly.

Conversation with Purdue's president for October

Nov 1, 2013

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Purdue’s president says a consensus must be reached before the university takes a stance on such a divisive issue as same sex marriage. Even then, Mitch Daniels says he’s not sure the university should get involved.

“It’s just a subject to be approached, I think, with some reflection and some caution,” he says. “You also have to say, you know, once you’ve done one of these, there might well be others and not sure what those (issues) might be or whether we’d be glad.”

The Purdue Board of Trustees has approved performance metrics for determining a portion of the president's salary.

Under the plan, board members will evaluate Mitch Daniels on student affordability, graduation rates, fundraising, student success and university excellence. Those categories are weighted, with fundraising being the biggest determinant at 30%, affordability and graduation rates are 25% each, while the remaining two criteria are 10% each.

Conversation with Purdue's president for September

Sep 26, 2013
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about his schedule of public appearances, including recent speaking engagements and interviews on national cable TV shows.

He also discusses the recently announced Purdue Moves initiative and weighs in on the funding issues related to Amtrak's Hoosier State Line.

Keeping passenger rail service going on the Hoosier State Line will be a costly effort. That’s the finding of a cost-benefit analysis the Indiana Department of Transportation commissioned.

Federal funding for the Amtrak service between Chicago and Indianapolis ends next week.

A cost-benefit analysis looks at eliminating the line, keeping it as is, and four different improvement scenarios.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says for the United States to prosper, spending on entitlements must be reined in soon. He was one of several people who spoke at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The forum looked at the costs and impacts of entitlement programs on future generations, and possible reforms and solutions available. 

Daniels says government spending on Social Security and Medicare leaves less money for such things as university research, which in turn hurts the national economy.