President's Forum panelists address future of public research institutions

December 1, 2010

Rabindra Mukerjea (center), executive director of strategic planning and assessment, moderates a panel discussion about the future of public research universities. The panelists were (from left) Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering; Al Diaz, executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer;  Teresa Lubbers, commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education; Mark Lundstrom, the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Joan Fulton, University Senate chair and associate department head and professor of agricultural economics; and Brad Krites, student body president. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)

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Panelists at the Nov. 30 President's Forum offered various perspectives during a discussion about the future of public research universities. An archived webcast of the forum is available at mms://video.dis.purdue.edu/bns/
General/Forum101130.wmv.

From national, state, research, faculty and student viewpoints, panelists addressed issues including balancing student access and academic excellence; emphasizing the importance of public research universities at state, national and global levels; and increasing understanding of the value of higher education and research. They also discussed state appropriations and private and federal support as alternate sources of revenue.

Panelists from Purdue were Al Diaz, executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer; Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering; Mark Lundstrom, the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Joan Fulton, University Senate chair and associate department head and professor of agricultural economics; and Brad Krites, student body president. Teresa Lubbers, commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, also was on the panel.

President France A. Córdova provided introductory remarks, and Rabindra Mukerjea, executive director of strategic planning and assessment, moderated. A question-and-answer session followed the panel presentation.