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As Tuition Increased, So Did Grant Aid

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Tuition at many colleges has more than doubled in the last decade — but so has financial aid from grants and scholarships students don’t have to pay back. A graph from Planet Money shows the average student receives about $7,000 in grant money, an increase of more than 50 percent since 2001. There’s also a […]

How Indiana's Performance Funding Formula Stacks Up Against Other States

Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers speaks in support of Purdue's announcement that the school will shift to a year-round academic calendar — a move school officials hope will save students money.

Funding cuts have states rethinking how they distribute a limited pool of higher education dollars, writes Kysie Miao for the Center for American Progress: States have commonly allocated funds on the basis of enrollment, a process that reinforces their commitment to college accessibility and ensures a relatively equitable distribution of per-student spending across institutions. Enrollment, however, […]

Donations Neared $300 Million In France Córdova's Final Year As Purdue President

Purdue University president France Córdova holds a press conference in January.

And the wait begins. On Sunday, France A. Córdova stepped down as president of Purdue University, though it will be another six months before Mitch Daniels finishes his term as governor and takes office. Provost Tim Sands will lead the university in the interim. Córdova announced last year that she would leave the university at […]

Purdue Trustees Say Donors Support Gov. Daniels, Even After Former Dean Pulls Gift

Mitch Daniels takes questions from media from the stage of Purdue's Loeb Playhouse following the announcement he would become the school's next president.

Donations are up since Purdue announced Gov. Mitch Daniels would become the university’s next president, Board of Trustees Chairman Keith Krach told The Lafayette Journal and Courier: We are getting a positive reaction of 10 to one. I’ve seen a lot of emails and messages back and forth from huge donors willing to step up. […]

Daniels Will Have To Win Over Purdue's Faculty, Who Wanted An Academic

Gov. Mitch Daniels accepts congratulations after the Board of Trustees announced he would be the next president of Purdue University.

Trustee Michael Birck says when the news leaked that Gov. Mitch Daniels was headed to Purdue, the alumni response was tremendous. “I was thoroughly amazed and exceptionally pleased at how many alumni contacted me by email saying, ‘We hope this is true. This is our candidate,’” says Birck, who has has a degree from Purdue […]

Want More Students To Graduate? Don't Tell Them To Go To College, Bennett Says

State Superintendent Tony Bennett was in Greenfield this week discussing drop out rates with the Hancock County Graduation Task Force. His message? Not all students go to college, so stop teaching like they will. Bennett’s remarks echo what Washington Post columnist Robert J. Sampson wrote earlier this week about the usefulness of a college degree: […]

Where College Graduates Are Going (Hint: Where Other College Grads Already Live)

About 30 percent of Indianapolis residents have college degrees, putting it in the middle of the pack for educational attainment among the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. A Brookings Institution report shows that these areas have become less analogous over the last 40 years. It used to be that the biggest cities had a similar […]

Why Colleges Keep Building Even When Money's Tight

Ivy Tech Community College in Anderson

University buildings are aging, enrollments are increasing and state funding for new facilities is drying up. That means universities are more likely to go into debt to finance their next building project.

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