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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.

How Increasing Enrollment Is Straining Finances At Indiana's Public Colleges

Let’s paraphrase an argument you’ve heard on StateImpact before: If you’re an Indiana state lawmaker (at least in the current majority), you probably think the state’s public universities are doing too little to keep a student’s cost of attendance down. The price of a college education is rising faster than the rate of inflation, you argue. […]

Indiana's Role In Afghanistan's Higher Education Boom

Since American forces drove the Taliban out of Kabul a decade ago, enrollment in Afghanistan’s universities has grown exponentially. The Afghan government projects more than 100,000 students will attend college by the year 2014, up from less than 10,000 in 2001. The problem: by western standards, there aren’t enough qualified professors to teach them. That’s where […]

What Does IU's Big Fundraising Year Mean For Students?

2011 was a much better year for donations to colleges and universities, The Chronicle for Higher Education reports, and Indiana University had a better year than most. The total amount IU received in grants and gifts last year — more than $295 million — ranked 17th in a national survey of college giving whose results were released this week, […]

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