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The Purdue University Senate is taking additional actions to scrutinize the school’s decision to purchase online educator Kaplan University.

At the Senate’s first meeting of the academic year Monday, members announced creation of a special committee to serve as a fact-finding body about the deal and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Frank Dooley took almost 20 minutes of questions about the agreement.

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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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Mitch Daniels came into the Purdue presidency vowing to stay away from politics as he pursued a job in academic administration.

But when you’re arguably the most popular Republican in a red state, and when conservative columnists regularly call for your return to partisan life, it can be hard to stick to such proclamations.

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As he completed his final meeting as chair of the University Senate, Purdue professor Kirk Alter chided Provost Deba Dutta and administrators who sit in the Senate for acting on their own behalf, but under the guise of representing the rank-and-file in their departments.

On this Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask Purdue’s president if the line has become too blurred between faculty and staff and whether those administrators are wolves in sheep's clothing.

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The issue of free speech on a college campus has already been tested at Purdue in 2016.

From anti-abortion protestors using fiery rhetoric in an effort to rile up passersby to a University employee posting threats of rape on social media, the newly-adopted “Chicago principles” of free speech have been tested almost to their limits.

On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we ask if the school put itself in a tough spot by advocating for expanded freedom of expression.

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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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On Monday, the Purdue Faculty Senate heard an impassioned and tearful resolution from chemical engineering professor Steve Beaudoin  asking the school to include better treatment for people with autism-spectrum disorders in its health plan.

When President Mitch Daniels announced the change would be made, a cheer went up from a dozen assembled supporters and Beaudoin thrust his fist in the air at the prospect of ending what’s been a two-year long fight for him and his family.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski interviewed Beaudoin shortly after he made his emotional speech.

Purdue University Senate opposes HJR-6

Nov 19, 2013

The Purdue University Senate has adopted a resolution opposing a ban on gay marriage.

Members voted yesterday to oppose House Joint Resolution-6.

The University Senate measure states the amendment is "contrary to the values and policies" of the university and would hurt employee recruitment and retention efforts.

It does not urge the Purdue Board of Trustees to take a stand on the issue.

The University Senate also does not have the authority to join Freedom Indiana, a coalition of businesses and organizations campaigning against HJR-6.

While Purdue’s administration is not taking a stand on the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage – at least not yet – the University Senate could vote Monday to oppose it.

Faculty members will consider a resolution at their Monday meeting. It’s short and makes just four points.

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The head of Purdue’s University Senate says there needs to be a close inspection of how the institution does business.

Professor Paul Robinson says they have identified a number of issues where they see problems with how the university operates.

He’s calling for a critical review of all aspects of the university, to make sure every area is pulling its weight.

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