Big numbers shared in Purdue Board of Trustees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — President Mitch Daniels tells News 18 he is looking to increase the graduation rate, but there were a few other big numbers he shared with the trustees today.

$235 million — that’s the total dollar amount from more than 65,000 donors during the 2014 fiscal year. Twenty-four — that’s the total number of startup companies based on Purdue intellectual property. $389 million — that’s the amount awarded for research at Purdue University for the 2014 fiscal year.

“This is in a tough environment, remember, where federal funding is flat. Purdue doesn’t have a medical school and yet, we’re one of the top research institutions anywhere, so hats off to the Purdue faculty and those who support them,” Daniels said.

Among the statistics given to the trustees in a meeting Friday, Daniels also asked the trustees to approve the consolidation of the Offices of Research and Global Affairs. It’s currently the Office of Research and Partnerships.

Another consolidation came with the official name for the unification of regional campuses Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central. The formal plan for unification still has to go to the board before the target completion date of July 2016.

“We asked students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community to give us suggestions for input” said Chancellor Thomas Keon with Purdue University Calumet.

The public’s input was then sent to a unification committee, then the top three names were forwarded to the Board of Trustees. On Friday, it was announced that Purdue Northwest is the new name of the two campuses.

Perhaps one of the biggest measures the trustees gave an OK to on Friday was the university’s 2015-2017 legislative request and performance funding formula, adopted by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Daniels said the university will continue to work to meet that demands of that formula.

“We are hard at work on things like graduation rates, and time to completion, and things like this that the formula encourages,” Daniels said.

The board also approved several other measures including some new degrees.

They approved a Master of Science degree in engineering technology in the College of Technology at the West Lafayette campus and Master of Science degrees in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering at Purdue University Calumet.

The board also took a series of actions related to Purdue Moves, including approving construction of an agronomy research laboratory, renovation of an engineering building and proceeding with planning for the new Honors College.

The following were approved by the board Friday:

  • An 81,500-gross-square-foot Center for Student Excellence and Leadership facility will be named the Krach Leadership Center, which will house student resources including academic advising, leadership development programs and student organization meeting space.
  • The board also provided finance, construct and award approval for the $10 million Agronomy Center Automated Phenotyping and Seed Processing Laboratory. The laboratory will allow Purdue to be a world leader in this new area of phenotyping and to implement new and efficient ways to process vegetation for research.
  • Approved to construct a $6.8 million renovation to the east wing of Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering. As part of the College of Engineering’s strategic growth plan, the renovations will improve electrical, climate control and fume ventilation systems in the 76-year-old building to accommodate the research needs of new faculty.
  • A 310,000-gross-square-foot residence hall facility with at least 800 beds that will also serve as home to Purdue’s new Honors College.
  • Redevelopment of Purdue Village for an apartment-style housing area south of State Street.
  • A $3.56 million contract to replace Chiller No. 6 at the Wade Utility Plant.
  • Transit service for Purdue North Central that will create a triangle of bus routes between Michigan City, campus and La Porte.

On Thursday, the Physical Facilities Committee approved several items:

  • $2.18 million to construct an academic support center on the ground floor of Shreve Hall. The center will include organized and self-directed academic space for students in University Residences.
  • $4.7 million project to replace and rezone air handling units for the entire Krannert Building.
  • $4 million to renovate 5,000 square feet of lab space on the Biochemistry Building Annex third floor.
  • $3 million for replacing Horticulture Building’s electrical distribution system, including the high-voltage vault.
  • $2.7 million to repair or replace concrete in Ross-Ade Stadium.
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