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.

Purdue administrators are making wiser investments in an effort to afford a tuition freeze. The university announced $5 million will be earned by improved cash management policies.

Executive Vice President and Treasurer Al Diaz says a majority of that will come from the way cash balances are handled.

“We put much of the cash into interest-bearing accounts that yield 1-2% interest, but there’s an amount that we’re sure is going to stay as a cash balance for some period of time that we can put into the endowment and get much higher rates of return.”

Conversation with Purdue's president for March

Mar 25, 2013
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It’s been a week since Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced plans to freeze pay for some administrative and professional employees. It would cover the next two years and affect those making more than $50,000 a year. Senior administrators and deans are included. Faculty and other employees with salaries under $50,000 would still be eligible for a raise.

Daniels says he’s receiving feedback on the idea and open to refining the proposal. However, he says the move is designed to save $5 million.

Purdue to freeze pay raises for some

Mar 18, 2013

Purdue is limiting pay raises for some employees the next two years. It affects deans, senior administrators, and administrative and professional staff who earn more than $50,000. The move is expected to save $5 million.

It's designed to offset roughly $40 million in revenue the university won't get by freezing tuition and most fees the next two years.

Merit raises are still possible for faculty, clerical and service employees, and administrative and professional staff who earn less than $50,000.

Purdue's new chiller earns university a rebate

Mar 15, 2013
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Purdue is benefiting from being energy efficient. The university received a rebate check for $81,000. It comes from an Energizing Indiana program in conjunction with Duke Energy as an incentive for businesses to make system improvements.

Vice President of Physical Facilities Bob McMains says the money will help the university become more energy efficient.

U.S. News rankings of Purdue grad programs

Mar 12, 2013

U.S. News and World Report is out with its latest rankings of graduate school programs.

Among those rated this year is Purdue’s College of Engineering, which moved up from 10th to 8th in the country. Eight engineering schools made the lists in their respective categories for their graduate programs. Those include agricultural and biological engineering at number one, 6th ranked aeronautics and astronautics, and electrical engineering ranked 10th.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels is giving more details about a proposal to freeze tuition and most fees. His plan would affect students on the West Lafayette campus the next two years.

Daniels says an increase would have added about $40 million in revenue, which he says the university can manage to do without. He says the plan may even enhance to university’s core mission of teaching and research.

Daniels says no one should assume the worst over the budget impact of a proposed tuition freeze, but he expects every unit on campus will keep spending in-line to make it happen