Purdue enrollment experts are predicting a smarter group of incoming freshman for the fall.

Based on projections and compared to current first-year students, Dean of Admissions Pam Horne says this fall’s group will have a higher grade point average and tested better on the SAT or ACT exam.

“The combination of our alumni, of our partners across campus – it’s not just the Admissions Office - who reaches out to these students, lets them know what Purdue has for them in terms of not only our academic programs but our co-curricular offerings that really makes the difference.”

Purdue administrators have identified enough money to manage a tuition freeze for the coming year.

They needed to find about $16.5 million in cuts and/or new revenues. President Mitch Daniels says they exceeded that by about $2.4 million and more might be coming. The university still needs to find nearly $10 million to afford the tuition freeze for 2014-2015 academic year.

While the spring semester is over for Purdue students, some will be on campus this summer, working on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Organizers say the effort is designed to foster an open dialogue on such things as race, gender equality and religious tolerance. But graduate student Tyrell Connor says no one wants it to be a case of pointing fingers at certain people or groups.

WL council calls special meeting on annexation

May 3, 2013

The city of West Lafayette could soon extend its footprint within Tippecanoe County. An annexation ordinance sponsored by Mayor John Dennis is set to come before council members later this month.

The new city limits would include Purdue’s campus and residential areas west of the current boundary.

Councilor Eddie VanBogaert says the proposed annexation could allow the city to provide some of its current services at a lower cost.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity is out with a ranking of institutions based on the performance of their professors.

The center created its list by looking at the composite teaching scores that schools received on the website RateMyProfessors.com.

Wabash College in Crawfordsville is the only Indiana school on the Top 25 list. The all-male college comes in at number 21. Number one is Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Possible hate crime being investigated at Purdue

Apr 23, 2013
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

Part of a display left after a Purdue Anti-Racism Coalition demonstration has been defaced according to university police. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Detectives say a sign left by some candles in front of Hovde Hall after the Coalition’s demonstration Monday had a racial slur written on it. A picture of a body hanging from a tree also was drawn on the sign.

They believe the incident happened around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information should contact the Purdue Police at 765-494-8221 or its anonymous tip line at 765-496-3784. 

Purdue scraps pay freeze proposal

Apr 16, 2013

All Purdue employees will be eligible for a raise the next two years. A plan to freeze the salaries of administrators earning more than $50,000 has been canceled.

Instead, the university is setting aside money for a 1% merit pay increase. The actually amount of raises will be decided by deans, department heads and supervisors, based on employee performance, which is keeping with past practices for merit raises.

It’s been ten years since the Purdue Latino Cultural Center (LCC) was created.

Program Coordinator Omar Diaz says there has been a lot of growth over the past decade. The center moved into a new facility and now oversees 15 Latino-based organizations.

Diaz says another good thing is the programs and offerings are open to all.

Purdue laying off 33 employees

Apr 5, 2013

Thirty-three Purdue employees are losing their jobs. The layoffs affect the university’s Printing Services. A news release cites an expected $700,000 deficit by the end of the fiscal year.

The 33 employees will work until May 3 and will receive medical benefits for four months after that. They also will have priority consideration for other job openings on campus.

Printing Services will continue to operate with 15 employees. Purdue is continuing a separate review evaluating system-wide university printing needs and options for addressing those needs.

Former IPFW chancellor suing Purdue

Apr 2, 2013

Purdue is facing legal action over alleged discrimination. Former IPFW chancellor Michael Wartell says he was forced to retire at the age of 65 according to university policy.

However, he claims his request for a waiver was denied because former Purdue President France Cordova  wanted to hire a woman to replace him. Vicky Carwein was hired as IPFW chancellor last summer. She was 64 years old at the time.