Purdue Moves factor into request for state funding

FILE - In this file photo taken in July 2014, the Purdue Board of Trustees hold a meeting to discuss several proposed measures for the university. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE - In this file photo taken in July 2014, the Purdue Board of Trustees hold a meeting to discuss several proposed measures for the university. (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University is working to expand summer opportunities for students as well as the College of Engineering. These Purdue Moves are part of the university’s upcoming legislative request for state funding.

As the summer sunshine beamed down on campus Thursday, the committees of the Purdue Board of Trustees were hard at work. One of the major moves by the Finance Committee was approving the 2015-2017 legislative request for line items.

“A lot of the funding is driven by metrics, whether it be operations or R and R, and there some flexibility in the line items and request for capital, so this is just very early. We’re working through to the spring of 2015,” said Jim Almond, Senior Vice President for Business Services and Assistant Treasurer.

The request to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education includes some new items for Purdue. The university is asking for $5 million to support a summer expansion in order to increase course offerings and help with financial aid. Almond said the university is also asking for a large sum of money to advance the College of Engineering expansion to hire on new faculty members.

“We’re looking at about $18.3 million to expand 107 faculty members within engineering, and we’re asking for a consideration of about $6 million or about a third of that to help support that initiative,” said Almond.

The university is also requesting three percent inflationary increases for its recurring line items. These requests include:

  • Statewide Technology
  • Agricultural Research and Extension (Crossroads)
  • County Extension Educators
  • Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness (IN-Mac)
  • Center for Paralysis Research

The trustees also approved the state budget funding request from the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. In order to meet the state’s needs and client service expectations, the lab is requesting funds for additional staffing in the 2015-2017 biennium.

The Academic Affairs Committee made some major moves for the College of Technology. A Master of Science degree in engineering technology, a Division of Military Science and Technology which will serve as a home for ROTC programs, and a technology program in Qatar in the Middle East were all approved.

Gary Bertoline, Dean of the College of Technology, said the college is being transformed to prepare students for the 21st century economy.

“We’ve gone through a very rough patch, economically, and there’s a lot of high unemployment yet. There’s still many jobs that are unfilled, and it’s because we are not preparing the right kind of graduates for those jobs. And that’s the need that we’re trying to fill right now,” said Bertoline.

The Academic Affairs Committee also approved a cooperative education program for the Department of Psychological Sciences.

The Physical Facilities Committee sorted through a lengthy agenda. First, the trustees approved repair work to replace concrete in the southwest and southeast corners the Ross-Ade Stadium seating bowl. They noted that this is a different project from work in the south end zone.

The committee provided finance, construction and award approval for the $10 million Agronomy Center Automated Phenotyping and Seed Processing Laboratory. The lab will allow Purdue to be a world leader in phenotyping and implement new ways to process vegetation for research.

The committee then approved continued planning actions for a residence hall with at least 800 beds that will serve as home to Purdue’s new Honors College. The hall will be located at the southwest corner of Russell and Third streets. A resolution to plan a market-sounding exercise was also approved to determine market interest and potential options for redevelopment of Purdue Village — a family-oriented, apartment-style housing area south of State Street.

All of these measures will be approved by the full board on Friday. That’s also when the new name is expected to be approved for the unification of regional campuses Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central.

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