Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: A Bonus, Not A Raise

Feb 27, 2019

WBAA listeners want to know where the bonus money comes from and whether it might instead be given as pay raises.
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It came as little surprise when, earlier this month, Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the school would extend its tuition freeze another year. The bigger financial news was the offering of a $500 bonus to employees making less than $75,000 a year.

Our listeners want to know where the money is coming from, and why it’s not being added to the pool of merit raises, so people get more of a structural increase in their salary and benefits. And the longer the tuition freeze goes on and the school foregoes some income it could be getting, the more the cost of living rises – so is compensation actually going up or just keeping pace with inflation?

Also on this month’s program, President Daniels responds to criticism from a former math professor that the school has issues with diversity. And a listener asks for more open access when prospective political candidates canvass in West Lafayette.