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Appendix A: Institutional Snapshot

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Appendix B: Federal Compliance Summary 2009–2010

Purdue University adheres to the Federal Compliance Program of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Credits, Program Length, and Tuition

Purdue University operates on a traditional semester system and offers academic credit in terms of semester credit hours. The semester credit hour represents approximately three hours of work per week by an average student throughout a normal semester, or its equivalent in total work for short courses and summer sessions. Purdue's academic calendar is published on the Office of the Registrar's Web page:

Most undergraduate degrees require between 124 and 130 semester credit hours for graduation. Any variations in program length are addressed in the individual school or college bulletins.

Minimum semester credit hour requirements for graduate and professional degrees vary by program. Several programs set minimum credit hour requirements in accordance with standards set by specialized accrediting agencies. Requirements for master's degrees, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are established by the Graduate Council and are stated in the Graduate School bulletin and the Policies and Procedures Manual for Administering Graduate Student Programs, which is available at:

Requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees are described in the individual school and college bulletins. All bulletins are available to students on Purdue's Web site:

The course catalog is available at:

Requirements for all degrees are appropriate to the discipline and comparable to the requirements for similar programs at peer institutions.

Tuition rates and mandatory fees are set by the Board of Trustees of Purdue University. The Board has approved differential tuition rates for Purdue students, according to residency status, level of study, and academic program. The Bursar's Office publishes each academic year's tuition and fee schedules on its Web page:

Student Complaints

Students have a variety of avenues to communicate ideas, concerns, and complaints at the faculty and staff member, program, department, college or school, and institutional levels. These processes are outlined in college administrative documents such as the University Regulations, various handbooks, and Web pages. Examples of the units where these processes take place are the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Disability Resource Center, and the Office of Institutional Equity, and the processes are described in documents such as the Purdue University Bill of Student Rights (West Lafayette Campus), Purdue University Code of Honor, Regulations Governing Student Conduct, Disciplinary Proceedings, and Appeals, and Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities administers the code of student conduct, offers conflict and dispute management, facilitates the processing of student grievances (where appropriate), and serves as a resource for students and parents concerning student conduct expectations and rights, University policies and procedures related to student life, and equitable treatment of students. Students work individually with office staff members to resolve their complaints and contact the office by appointment, walk-in, telephone, and e-mail correspondence. Hard copy records of each case are kept in each student's file.

The Office of Institutional Equity investigates complaints from students, faculty, and staff related to Purdue policies on discrimination and harassment. The office maintains a log of all complaints relating to discrimination and harassment filed by students against faculty or staff members.

Transfer Policies

Purdue's Academic Regulations and Procedures describes the definition of transfer credit and is available in hard copy and through Purdue's Web site:

Purdue University's Office of Admissions Web page also describes the specific process and evaluative criteria used to determine whether credits are transferable:

Verification of Student Identity

To enroll and participate in any Purdue distance learning course, those who are not Purdue students must complete a registration similar to the University's admissions process. Purdue's Continuing Education Web page contains directions for non-Purdue students wanting to take distance learning courses:

All students who participate in Purdue-originated distance learning courses have been admitted to the University through its regular admissions processes (graduate or undergraduate); students who are not regular degree-seeking students at Purdue are admitted through the Office of Admissions or Graduate School non-degree student processes. All Purdue distance learning courses are offered through course management systems that require the student to use a secure login and password to gain access to the course. Students taking proctored exams for distance learning courses in the Continuing Education testing center are required to present a photo ID before taking the exam; proctors of Purdue students taking exams away from campus are required to confirm identity with a photo ID. The University's Continuing Education Web site contains directions for non-Purdue students wanting to take one or more distance learning courses:

Title IV Program and Related Responsibilities

General Program Requirements

Purdue understands and complies with the requirements in this category.

Financial Responsibility Requirements

Purdue understands and complies with the requirements in this category. The program requirements are audited in accordance with OMB Circular A-133. The 2007–2008 Audit Report can be found at:

Student Loan Default Rates

The University's student loan default rate was 1.3 percent in FY 2001, dropping to 0.8 percent for FY 2004 through FY 2006. For FY 2007, the most recent year available, the two year default rate is 1.6 percent, meaning that 81 of 4,914 students going into repayment were categorized as being in default. On September 14, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the FY 2007 national student loan cohort default rate increased to 6.7 percent, up from 5.2 percent in the FY 2006, citing the significant impact of the economic downturn on borrowers. As of fall 2009, there is no reason to suspect this trend is different for Purdue graduates. The four year public default rate for FY 2006 was 3.4 percent, rising to 4.3 percent in FY 2007. While a zero default rate would be the ideal, the Purdue default rate is fourth lowest in the Big Ten and fifth lowest among our 12 peer institutions selected for annual comparison. Ranges for FY 2007 for the Big Ten were 0.4 percent to 3.5 percent and for Purdue's peers were 0.5 percent to 3.7 percent.

Student Loan Default Rates

Student Loan Default Rates

Source: Office of Financial Aid

Campus Crime Information and Related Disclosure of Consumer Information

The University's Police Department publishes campus crime statistics on its Web page:

Samples of these disclosures are being provided for review.

Purdue publishes annually Student Consumer Information with its required disclosures. These disclosures include information related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Deferments for Performed Services, Financial Aid, General Institutional Information, Voter Registration, Special Services and Facilities for Students with Disabilities, Title and Availability of Individual Responsible for Disseminating Information about Institutional Financial Assistance, Study Abroad, Graduation Rates, Campus Security Report/Missing Person Procedures, and Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data. This information is distributed in hard copy to its enrolled students and is available through Purdue's Web site:

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Attendance Policies

Purdue has a Satisfactory Academic Progress policy which is available through the Division of Financial Aid's Web page:

The University's Class Attendance and Absence Reporting policy states that instructors are responsible for clarifying their policies for handling class absences and the impact absences will have in the determination of course grades. This policy is available in the University Regulations and on the Office of the Dean of Students' Web page:

Institutional Disclosures and Advertising and Recruitment Materials

Information about Purdue University West Lafayette's accreditation status with the Higher Learning Commission is featured on the Office of Admissions Web site, the Office of Institutional Research site, and on the Facts Online Web site:

Referral information regarding accreditation is also listed in the Student Consumer Information brochure distributed to all enrolling students:

Relationship with Other Accrediting Agencies and State Regulatory Bodies

Purdue maintains accreditation in a number of specific programs. A list of academic programs and their accreditation affiliations can be found in the annual Facts at Your Fingertips publication, and samples of accreditation review reports are available in the resource room.

Public Notification of Comprehensive Evaluation Visit and Third Party Comment

Purdue has made presentations to various constituencies regarding the review for reaccreditation throughout the two-year-plus process. It maintains a Web page devoted exclusively to the 2009-2010 accreditation process, available at:

On October 20, 2009, Purdue published its draft self-study. Faculty, staff, and students were invited to review and comment on the University's self-study document:

Prior to the Commission's visit, Purdue will publicize the visit and will actively solicit comment from third parties — including students, parents, alumni, taxpayers, donors, community groups, and local businesses — about the institution. Purdue intends to advertise the visit through a variety of media, including the institutional Web site, the local newspaper, the student campus newspaper, the Indianapolis Star newspaper, the Purdue Alumnus magazine, and the Purdue University Retirees Association Newsletter.

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