Fundraising, student applications up for Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – From an increase in fundraising and applications to relieving a student soldier who might miss some work in classes because of training, Purdue’s University Senate covered a lot of ground Monday.

Faculty members were greeted at their meeting with a report from President Mitch Daniels about an increase in important categories like applications, research and fundraising.

“Applications are up an enormous 31 percent, faculty research grants are up in a tough environment. On top of that, the fundraising is up by double digits and, very interesting, funding to support students. So, scholarships and the like,” said Daniels.

After remarks from the president, the floor was open to discuss a policy that would provide students who serve in the Reserves or National Guard an opportunity to make up work missed, if they are required to be at training event for the military.

“Right now as it stands, it doesn’t allow them to have to do that. As it stands, they can refuse and the student misses out on credit and earns a lower grade in the course, they could even fail the course if they’re missing an exam or a large project. So, the idea of this is to create a safeguard for that,” said Kyle Pendergast, President of Purdue Student Government.

Pendergast said those type of cases have happened recently. Although faculty members at Monday’s meeting agreed that these students should never be denied the chance to make up work, they also suggested different wording for the policy and creating an appeal process.

After that discussion wrapped, faculty members moved on to another policy incorporating the “We are Purdue Statement of Values.”

“We really just wanted to make it different from what other universities have done. Other universities, they call it a creed, which has religious connotation, some negative connotation associated with it. So, we tried to change that into a positive perception and also to create it more as a foundation for students to build off of and for faculty to build off of,” said Pendergast.

The University Senate is set to vote on an endorsement for the two policies at the March meeting.

To find a copy of the Statement of Values policy, click here.

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