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Tuition freeze ices salaries, too

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Updated: April 25, 2013 6:26AM



From the day Mitch Daniels was announced as the next president of Purdue University, months before he officially started, there had been speculation that administration would take a hit.

The amount of people in nonteaching, nonresearch roles on campus has been a particularly popular whipping boy in the debate over college costs and student debt.

On Monday, Daniels delivered on that, by freezing the salaries of Purdue employees working in administrative jobs and making more than $50,000.

Daniels put the savings to the university at $5 million. He spared faculty and lower-paid workers on campus as he started digging for $40 million over the next two years to cover for a promise to hold the line on student tuition in that time. After recession-based pay freezes in recent history, this won’t go down easy. And the spin-off into the community won’t go unnoticed. That’s $5 million not heading home in local pockets.

But that’s the price of tuition freezes — something that had become rote practice. Purdue has to pay for it somehow. And Daniels essentially said that means putting the financial needs of students over those working outside classrooms and laboratories.

So far, the grumbling as been muted. Maybe that’s because those in higher-paid sections of administration understood things could have been worse than the prospect of no raises. And maybe that’s because there’s still another $35 million to find over the next two years to pay for that tuition freeze.

(Lafayette) Journal and Courier



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