Tuition at Purdue University's main campus in West Lafayette might be frozen for a third consecutive year, if University President Mitch Daniels has his way. Last year Purdue announced a two-year freeze that broke a 36-year string of tuition increases.
"Our land-grant mission starts from the premise that the life-changing benefits of higher education must be open to all who are ready and able to meet its standards and requirements, regardless of income or social status. As we enroll the Class of 2018, we will add to our scholarship assistance and target it more closely to low-income applicants, but that will not suffice. We recently reduced our meal plan prices by another 5 percent and, this spring, I will ask the Board of Trustees to extend our tuition freeze for a third year. As in 2013, we ask a campus-wide commitment to economy and to concentrating our resources on the core objectives of the university: teaching, research, and engagement," the letter said.
In an open letter posted at the university's website, marking his one-year anniversary as president, Daniels also announced a million-dollar prize for innovation, divided between two areas. The first department or program to fashion a three-year degree, and the first to create a competency-based degree, would each be supported with 500-thousand dollars from the presidential discretionary account, and any funds left over after costs of transition would be the department's to keep.
To read the letter click here: http://www.purdue.edu/president/email/2014/1401-med-openletter.html