Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels

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Mitch Daniels has tried to make his time as Purdue President about student affordability – so this month in our regular conversation with him, we ask about the plans from three people who’d also like to be president – of the United States.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the former Republican governor doesn’t have rave reviews for education savings plans from the top three contenders for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

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One of the watchwords in higher education is “more.” Schools have to be careful what they strive to have more of – and often, what they never meant to accumulate in the first place.

On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we ask about a couple items Purdue wants to have more of: gifts to the university and minority students and faculty members.

By almost any measure, Purdue has struggled to recruit African-Americans to campus – either to teach or to learn.

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Charter schools have been one of the most divisive education issues of the last decade in Indiana education circles. But on today’s monthly conversation with Purdue president Mitch Daniels, he calls criticism of them “rubbish” as he explains why the school needs one to recruit more black students.

As Purdue has recruited more international and out-of-state students to balance out its tuition freezes, imbalances in the student body have emerged. Some of them are attendance-based – there are a lot of Asian students and few African-Americans.

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the national inflation rate for 2014 was about 1.6-percent. That means employees who receive raises of 1.6-percent are just keeping pace with an increased cost of living.

So when Purdue proposed a 3-to-3.5-percent raise for many employees, it came as a welcome respite from years of raises in the 0-to-2-percent range. On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we ask him how he arrived at that number and how it’ll be doled out.

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The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says he’s allocating more money for higher education in this year’s spending plan so, in his words, colleges won’t have to raise tuition. That was music to the ears of Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who’s pushed a tuition freeze for the three years he’s been in office. On this month’s conversation with him, we ask what influence he had on getting the state to push for the same changes Purdue has made.

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One of the paradoxes of trying to simplify a process undertaken by a large organization is that the steps necessary to accomplish that are rarely simple themselves.

That’s what Purdue leaders found out recently when they tried to change the school’s policy concerning employee time off.

On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we’ll dig into the whys and wherefores of that decision, and into the pitfalls the committee studying it has encountered.

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This month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels is all about relationships.

We ask Purdue’s president how the school’s relationship with minority students is developing as Purdue plans to enlarge its incoming classes and diversify the school.

We also talk about the relationship Daniels has with the head of the National Association of Manufacturers, who had some pointed words for the Obama Administration in a recent speech on campus

Also on this month's program, we address Mitch Daniels’ relationships with a couple people already on campus, as well.

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