Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Daniels: Autonomy Not Best for IPFW; Stay under Purdue ; Degrees May Lose Value as Independent

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Daniels: Autonomy Not Best for IPFW; Stay under Purdue ; Degrees May Lose Value as Independent

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FORT WAYNE - Purdue University President Mitch Daniels believes Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is better off staying connected to the state's two largest universities rather than become an independent.

The former Indiana governor told community leaders on Monday that the biggest strength of the university with more than 13,000 students is its ability to award a diploma that says "Purdue University" or "Indiana University" - something it would lose if it were to break away, The Journal Gazette reported. Purdue now runs the joint Indiana-Purdue campus in Fort Wayne.

"I don't have a hard, thick view of this," Daniels said. "I'm for what the community decides is best for it, and I'm respectful of what the Commission on Higher Education thinks the role of regional campuses should be."

Two years ago, before Daniels became university president, Purdue's board of trustees enforced the university's policy requiring administrators in high policy-making positions to retire at the end of the fiscal year in which they turn 65, forcing Chancellor Michael Wartell to retire. …

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