Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Back-a-Boiler And Pushing Purdue Polytech

Aug 25, 2016

Purdue's President says the school has instituted its own safeguards to protect students from the potential for unsavory investors in its "Back-a-Boiler" program.
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Next year, Purdue opens its Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis. It’ll work within the Indianapolis Public Schools, but also be a competitor in some ways.

And it’ll offer something no other high school in Indiana does – direct admission to a university upon graduation.

So as more and more schools advertise to lure students away from their competitors, does Purdue have an unfair advantage?

We pose that question to Mitch Daniels on this month’s conversation with him.

Also on this month’s program, the “Back a Boiler” experiment has begun, where students pay a portion of their post-college salaries to benefactors (including Purdue) in exchange for a tuition waiver.

We ask who’s footing the bill in the first year and how many students are taking part.

And we find out whether experience at another engineering school with a small-budget program was what led Purdue to pick its new athletic director.