Daniels isn't inspiring us by threatening campuses

2012-11-23T00:00:00Z Daniels isn't inspiring us by threatening campuses nwitimes.com
November 23, 2012 12:00 am

For an incoming university president, Mitch Daniels has a funny way of supporting students. His idea of eliminating a Northwest Indiana campus for effectiveness doesn't seem resourceful, especially for the students.

Many students are geographically limited in their choice of schools. Having only one Purdue campus in Northwest Indiana would force students to travel farther and spend more time away from jobs and families. How is that good for students? Instead, that’s a quick way to lower graduation rates; make it impossible for students to get to class altogether.

Where are the students when he says, “I like the folks who lead these places”? This leaves the students out entirely and reinforces his lack of educational leadership.

It is easier to cut a campus than to be an innovator. Maybe the 34 miles should be the selling point. The business model of having multiple locations works well for Starbucks.

- Judy Lynn, Valparaiso

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