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Purdue president seeks tuition freeze for 3rd year

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said Tuesday he will ask the school's trustees to extend the tuition freeze on the West Lafayette campus for a third year.

In an open letter posted on Purdue's website, Daniels said he plans to call on trustees this spring to extend the two-year tuition freeze for one more year as part of a push to make the university more attractive and affordable for families.

The tuition freeze announced last March broke Purdue's 36-year string of tuition hikes, and keeps in-state tuition at about $10,000 a year for some 10,000 students on the main campus.

Last year's tuition freeze was followed by a 5-percent cut in the costs of student meal plans and other cost-reduction steps that Daniels said are part of a push to "base Purdue's reputation on the proven excellence of its faculty and graduates, not on its sticker price."

"We stated that henceforth we would seek to adjust our spending to the budgets of students' families rather than require that they adjust their budgets to ours," he said in Tuesday's message.

The former Indiana governor also said he wants Purdue to continue a "campuswide commitment" toward economizing in the year ahead and cited numerous successful cost-reduction moves during 2013. That includes the sale of 10 little-used campus vehicles for about $10,000 each and cutting unneeded rental storage in half, saving $160,000 per year, he said.

"If we can maintain a campuswide commitment to holding costs down, counting every $10,000 saved as a 'student tuition equivalent,' we can fulfill our duty to our students, taxpayers and everyone who chooses to invest in Purdue's enterprise," Daniels said in his message.

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  • Keep it up
    I like this approach by Daniels. Too often the college education debate focuses on how to pay for it, not why its so expensive.
  • College and Affordable ? 2 words that never go together
    Meanwhile behind the scenes they keep accepting more foreign students who pay a higher tuition rate and make the school more profitable. So you just shift classroom seats to non Indiana Residents who have and are paying for the institution..... Slide of hand economics... I find it laughable that college is affordable for the most....

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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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