Daniels clarifies controversial radio remarks

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Purdue President Mitch Daniels has replied to a letter from IPFW faculty members after comments he made on public radio about the role of Purdue’s regional campuses.

During a public radio broadcast on Tuesday, August 12, the former governor said the following:

The Higher Education Commission continues to remind folks, you’re not there to offer doctoral programs.  You’re not there to do research. We have other places for that.  You are there, in the regional setting, to provide an affordable option that prepares young people well for the careers that are available and the jobs that are being sought in the area where you live.

In response to those comments, four members of the IPFW Senate, Janet Badia, Peter Dragnev, John Niser and Presiding Officer Andrew Downs, sent Daniels a memo via email, asking him to recant his comments.

Click here to read the full letter from the senate members to Daniels. 

In a letter back to the four on Monday, Daniels said his statement were “… differentiating the missions of our Research I institution in West Lafayette from that of our campuses if Fort Wayne, Calumet and Westville.” Daniels also stated that they were in complete agreement on the role and mission of Purdue’s regional campuses and that research and scholarly activities are extremely important to the needs of regional campuses.

Click here to see the full letter from Daniels.


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