Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Tuition Freeze And Raises

May 20, 2015

The school has also adopted a free speech policy drawn up by the University of Chicago.
Credit Purdue University

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the national inflation rate for 2014 was about 1.6-percent. That means employees who receive raises of 1.6-percent are just keeping pace with an increased cost of living.

So when Purdue proposed a 3-to-3.5-percent raise for many employees, it came as a welcome respite from years of raises in the 0-to-2-percent range. On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we ask him how he arrived at that number and how it’ll be doled out.

Also on the program, we talk more about free speech at Purdue. President Daniels referenced a two-decade-old policy prohibiting the university from speaking out on social issues when he declined to take a stand on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. So now that the school has formally adopted a set of free speech principles from the University of Chicago, does that give he and future presidents more leeway?