MeganS

  1. As a student of Purdue Calumet I am not in shock that the Academic Learning Center is closed. I have been a student for almost 4 years and live in the Crown Point area. I was never told about the ALC by any advisor or staff member at Purdue Calumet. The only reason I knew it was there was because I drove by it. This facility is so convenient and nice for students who live in the Merrillville and Crown Point area. This center has many classrooms with open computer labs. However, PUC has done nothing to advertise or educate their students about their options to take classes at ALC. Also, there is not enough classes that are offered for upper level students to take. As a senior I would prefer to take classes off of the Hammond campus but as a freshman I wanted the college experience. It is unfortunate that this center is closing and now many students will have to drive farther and fight for a parking spot. Also the class sizes being small at the ALC was beneficial to students a;though I understand that Purdue does not want to pay a teacher to teach only 10 student. I have gained more knowledge from the teachers at the ALC then I have at the Hammond campus.
    The RIley Center's possible closing does not come as a shock to me. This center is in my opinion over priced. For a student to send a child to the Riley center full time is is about $168.00 a week and for half day preschool it is $105.00 a week. This price is technically for your child to go to school where their teachers or daycare providers are students seeking their degrees. Many of the "teachers" or daycare providers are students at Purdue seeking degrees. I believe because of this Riley Center should not be charging as much. If my child would to attend Riley they would be learning from someone who is still learning themselves. If they were to lower their prices I believe more students would be able to afford to send their children there. Also regrading the enrollment being down, if the Riley center was more affordable maybe more single parents or young families could afford to have their children in daycare and could persue their college degree. Not many people can afford to pay for full time college and child care on top of it. This is overall an overall lose for PUC.
    March 15, 2013 1:43 am on PUC faces $4 million deficit, will close learning center
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