Purdue to collaborate with two Colombian universities

May 29, 2013

Two Colombian Universities are partnering with Purdue to give students a multicultural learning experience.

This week, students from the Technological University of Pereira and the University of Caldas are visiting West Lafayette.

This comes after a group of Purdue undergraduates went to Colombia to study farm production in the contexts of food security and climate change.

Now, students have formed groups to describe their findings in final presentations in both English and Spanish.

Lafayette increases funding for animal shelter

May 29, 2013

Almost Home Humane Society will be receiving more money from Lafayette this year and next.

The city’s Board of Works has approved a contract which provides $150,000 for animal sheltering services in 2013 and 2014.

That represents an increase of six-point-four-percent from the current agreement.

In 2012, Almost Home took in 2,081 animals.

Of those, 1,515 were either placed with adoptive owners, returned to original owners or transferred to other shelters.

Five-hundred-fifty-six animals were euthanized.

Purdue trustees approve 2013-14 tuition and fees

May 22, 2013
Purdue University

Most Purdue students studying on the West Lafayette campus won’t pay more for their education next year. In fact, administrators say thousands will pay less.

The Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved freezing tuition and most fees. The plan also includes a reduction in the campus meal plan and fees for summer internships and co-ops.

President Mitch Daniels says those two things add up to $3.5 million dollars and are just as important as tuition costs.

Conversation with Purdue's president for May

May 21, 2013
Purdue University

Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about the FY14 proposed general fund budget, which includes a freeze on tuition.

He credits the increase in funding from the General Assembly on Purdue doing well on the performance-based metrics the state uses to partly fund higher education. The state also is giving Purdue $50 million to build the Active Learning Center, which is designed to make classes more collaborative, instead of strictly lectures.

Daniels also talks about the academic profile of the incoming class for fall of 2013.

Public hearing on Purdue budget, tuition and fees

May 21, 2013

The Executive Committee of the Purdue Board of Trustees is accepting public comment on the proposed general fund budget. The hearing Wednesday includes comments on the proposed tuition freeze and student fees.

President Mitch Daniels says by holding tuition steady and decreasing the cost of a meal plan, some Boilermakers will pay less.

"I'm very excited about this. I don't know how many universities in the country will be able to say that students are attending in fall of '13 for less money than they attended in the spring '13, but we're one."

More interest in summer school at Purdue

May 12, 2013

Purdue’s plan to grow its summer school enrollment seems to be working. A month before the eight-week session begins, more students have signed up for key courses than did last year.

Provost Tim Sands says offering classes that are in high-demand during the fall and spring was the logical first step.

“And then we’ll build from there,” he says. “We’re looking at grouping courses, looking at the progression of our students and studying the combination of courses students like to take together.”

Purdue enrollment experts are predicting a smarter group of incoming freshman for the fall.

Based on projections and compared to current first-year students, Dean of Admissions Pam Horne says this fall’s group will have a higher grade point average and tested better on the SAT or ACT exam.

“The combination of our alumni, of our partners across campus – it’s not just the Admissions Office - who reaches out to these students, lets them know what Purdue has for them in terms of not only our academic programs but our co-curricular offerings that really makes the difference.”

Purdue administrators have identified enough money to manage a tuition freeze for the coming year.

They needed to find about $16.5 million in cuts and/or new revenues. President Mitch Daniels says they exceeded that by about $2.4 million and more might be coming. The university still needs to find nearly $10 million to afford the tuition freeze for 2014-2015 academic year.

While the spring semester is over for Purdue students, some will be on campus this summer, working on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Organizers say the effort is designed to foster an open dialogue on such things as race, gender equality and religious tolerance. But graduate student Tyrell Connor says no one wants it to be a case of pointing fingers at certain people or groups.

WL council calls special meeting on annexation

May 3, 2013

The city of West Lafayette could soon extend its footprint within Tippecanoe County. An annexation ordinance sponsored by Mayor John Dennis is set to come before council members later this month.

The new city limits would include Purdue’s campus and residential areas west of the current boundary.

Councilor Eddie VanBogaert says the proposed annexation could allow the city to provide some of its current services at a lower cost.