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Public hearing on Purdue budget, tuition and fees

May 21, 2013

The Executive Committee of the Purdue Board of Trustees is accepting public comment on the proposed general fund budget. The hearing Wednesday includes comments on the proposed tuition freeze and student fees.

President Mitch Daniels says by holding tuition steady and decreasing the cost of a meal plan, some Boilermakers will pay less.

"I'm very excited about this. I don't know how many universities in the country will be able to say that students are attending in fall of '13 for less money than they attended in the spring '13, but we're one."

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.

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Purdue is changing administrators for employee health insurance. The Board of Trustees approved a three year, $4.95 million contract with Anthem. It takes affect January 1, 2014, and is expected to save the university $7.5 million annually, system-wide.

Vice President for Human Resources Luis Lewin says Anthem has a more extensive network of providers with better negotiated network prices. Cigna is the university’s current health plan administrator.

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.

The Purdue Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on Mitch Daniels' contract this week. A committee will take up the deal Friday afternoon, while the full board is set to vote Saturday morning.

Purdue is closing its construction inspection department in March. That means the elimination of 22 jobs. Instead, inspections will be the responsibility of the architects and engineers.

The university expects to save 10% to 15% – or about $75 million – over five years based on expected construction projects.

Other changes include aligning Purdue’s building specifications with current industry standards. Officials say that should lead to more competitive bids.

Those changes to Purdue's new construction specifications will include:

The Purdue Board of Trustees and President-elect Mitch Daniels continue to work on terms for his contract.

The two sides met recently to discuss terms. Daniels is set to take over in January as the university’s next leader after his term as governor ends.

He says he’s working specifically with one of the trustees and expects an agreement soon.

Purdue employees to pay more for health care

Oct 11, 2012

Purdue’s medical plan budget for this year is expected to be $163 million and the university is forecasting a 7% increase for next year. As a result, employees will see insurance premiums go up as well.

Employees in the Copay plan will see premiums increase 30%, the Incentive plan’s premiums will rise 25%, and there will be a 15% increase in the Choice plan’s premiums.

Smokers will have to pay a $500 surcharge next year, unless they take part in a certified cessation program. This year’s fee for tobacco users is $250.

Daniels meets Purdue freshman, continues transition

Aug 13, 2012
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Governor Mitch Daniels says he’s been preparing for his job as Purdue president since he was appointed in June. He told reporters Monday he has been meeting formally and informally with administrators and faculty members. Daniels says he’s talking with student leaders as well.

"I've seen a spectrum of people. That will go on, really, indefinitely. I want to do as much as I can now, where I have the chance."

He admits he can’t be fully ready in January when he takes on the role of president, but says some knowledge is better than none.

Purdue begins a new chapter

Jul 16, 2012
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With the departure of France Cordova and about six months until Governor Mitch Daniels becomes president, the university is without a permanent leader. For the interim, Provost Tim Sands will serve as acting president – a first for Purdue.

Sands is no stranger to the university. He joined Purdue a decade ago as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the school of materials engineering, and electrical and computer engineering. Sands also served as director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park.