To:            Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices


From:       Rob Wynkoop, managing director, office of the executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer


Re:           Affordability and efficiency working group


Date:        February 17, 2014


As Purdue continues to prioritize affordability, efficiency and effectiveness, a consistent, standard process is being developed for the ongoing evaluation of opportunities for improvement in operational and financial performance.


Over the past several months, we have received an abundance of input from across campus regarding ways to save and improve via our savings@purdue email and various other means. As we move forward with evaluating the feedback we’ve received and begin looking more closely at our various services and operations, we determined the need to be sure we are being consistent in asking the right questions and making the best decisions possible.


During the next three months, a Purdue affordability and efficiency working group will team with Huron Consulting Services to develop a quantitative and qualitative process designed to ensure consistent and effective decision-making while looking toward improved service and savings.


Consultants also will assist Purdue in identifying areas where improvements may be found and help launch assessments in priority areas. In each instance, individual internal project teams will work with consultants to identify how the area helps in Purdue’s missions of teaching, research and engagement. Among other points, evaluation will include how or whether the operation or service could be improved, whether the operation or service has undergone recent assessment, components of revenue and cost, and what other campus operations are dependent upon it.


Recent assessments of the value of parking have indicated that at the present time Purdue should continue to own and manage its parking operations. As part of its consulting arrangement, Huron is working with Purdue Parking Services on these internal operational improvements, a project that will help inform the overall continuous improvement evaluation process. Once the process is outlined and other areas for evaluation are prioritized, additional communication will allow for further feedback.


Faculty and staff who would like to provide additional input on possible efficiencies are asked to send ideas to


Please direct questions or comments to