Purdue to announce plan to save students money, time as they pursue degrees
Re: Purdue plan to include optional third semester
When: 10 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 11)
Where: Lumina Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 700, Indianapolis
Purdue University will announce details of a balanced trimester plan designed to enhance educational opportunities and move students more quickly toward graduation. This will be a significant change in how higher education is delivered in Indiana.
In addition to allowing some students the chance to earn a four-year degree in three years, an optional third academic term each year would give other students increased opportunities for internships and study abroad programs without a time-to-degree penalty.
A trimester approach also would make better use of university facilities and could offer faculty additional flexibility in course offerings. The initiative is part of the university's 10-year funding plan, which is a long-term commitment to help offset declining state appropriations and reduce tuition increases.
Those scheduled to take part in Wednesday's press conference include:
* France A. Córdova, Purdue president
* Tim Sands, Purdue executive vice president for academic affairs and provost
* Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commission for Higher Education commissioner
Journalists planning to attend the news conference must check in at the main desk of the Lumina Foundation's office at 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 700, prior to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.
CONTACT: Chris Sigurdson, Purdue assistant vice president for external relations, 765-404-5959, firstname.lastname@example.org