Purdue Board Approves Tuition Freeze, Construction

Posted: Updated:

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the previously-announced tuition freeze for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, as well as the university's 2020 operating budget. Purdue says the total cost of attending the university's West Lafayette campus will continue to be less than it was in 2012.

The board also approved the fee schedule for both years with general fees being held steady, except for flight program fees, which will increase by 3 percent in 2020 and 5.6 percent in 2021. Purdue says tuition and fees at Purdue University Northwest and Purdue University Fort Wayne will follow the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's recommended increase of up to 1.65 percent each year of the biennium. 

Two major construction projects on the West Lafayette campus also received board approval. 

The first phase of the $80 million Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway project is expected to begin in the spring of 2020. The two-phase project aims to replace the current Nuclear Engineering Building and Michael Golden Laboratories with new facilities serving the College of Engineering and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. 

The 145,000-square-foot Phase 1 facility will be named Dudley Hall in recognition of alumni Bill and Marty Dudley. Purdue says it will also serve as a gateway to the academic campus and help accommodate increased enrollment in the College of Engineering and Purdue Polytechnic. The project is expected to be complete by the 2022-23 academic year.

Also slated to begin in spring 2020 is the $108 million Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, which will feature hospital facilities for equine, small animal and farm animal patients. The project is expected to be complete in December 2021.

Additionally, the Purdue Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a new Department of Public Health as part of the university's realignment of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The department will combine the undergraduate public health and the Master of Public Health programs. The department will be led by Richard Mattes, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue.

The university's Department of Consumer Science will also become a division of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Purdue says the College of Health and Human Sciences will continue to have six departments and three schools.

"We are proposing these changes to serve our students even better by bringing the right faculty experts together to help these programs thrive and flourish," said Marion Underwood, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. "This realignment will provide great teaching, research resources and experiences for our students in Public Health, Consumer Science, and Hospitality and Tourism Management."

  • Perspectives

    • Ahh…Yes! Turning a Hot Mess into a Cool Breeze

      "Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them," is attributed to Einstein over 75 years ago. This still holds true, particularly in challenging communications. Many people address conflict at the level it was created by rehashing and building more evidence for their ‘side’ of an argument. Repeating a position tends to intensify the separation of people.



Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Bob Stutz

      New Role For Salesforce Exec

      After three years on the job, Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Bob Stutz is moving into a new role. Stutz, who will remain in Indianapolis, is now executive vice president of strategic partners at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM).  Since arriving in Indianapolis, Stutz has overseen the establishment of the company’s regional headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, which included the Salesforce name being placed atop the state’s tallest building.

    • Red Star announced plans to expand and add 18 jobs.

      Larwill Medical Device Maker to Expand, Add Jobs

      A Whitley County-based medical device maker has announced plans to expand its facility in Larwill which should mean new jobs. Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc. says it will invest $1.6 million in real estate improvements and additional equipment and will create 18 new jobs by 2022. 

    • Purdue Global Now Offers Analytics Degree

      The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in the field of data analysis are projected to grow 26 percent over the next ten years. Acting upon that data, Indianapolis-based Purdue University Global has launched a new Bachelor of Science degree program in analytics. 

    • Regal Beloit is closing in Valparaiso. (photo courtesy; The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Bearings Plant to Close, Eliminating 160+ Jobs

      Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit Corp. and the union representing workers have reached an agreement about the closing of a helicopter bearing factory in Valparaiso. According to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana, the decision will cost between 160 to 170 workers their jobs. 

    • (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      U.S. Steel Updates Layoff Notice to State

      Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has updated the State of Indiana regarding its previously announced layoffs at the East Chicago Tin Mill. The company says 314, rather than 307, workers will be displaced when the mill is idled this fall.