Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Dorm Wars And Purdue Leave

Mar 25, 2015

The President says the original decision on changes to Purdue's employee leave policy was incorrect -- and gives a little insight into its economic motivations.
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One of the paradoxes of trying to simplify a process undertaken by a large organization is that the steps necessary to accomplish that are rarely simple themselves.

That’s what Purdue leaders found out recently when they tried to change the school’s policy concerning employee time off.

On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we’ll dig into the whys and wherefores of that decision, and into the pitfalls the committee studying it has encountered.

Also on this month’s program, a little on the debate concerning the amenities on a college campus. Many academics have recently decried the so-called “war” over dorms and dining halls that has gone on as students increasingly look away from academics to choose their higher education institution.

So what can Purdue to change that narrative and attract students who care more about grades than about gym facilities?