Nov. 30 forum slated to discuss future of research universities

November 24, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University President's Forum on Tuesday (Nov. 30) will feature a panel discussion on the future of public research universities.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the forum, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom. The forum also will be webcast at mms://

President France A. Córdova will provide introductory remarks, and Rabindra Mukerjea, Purdue's executive director of strategic planning and assessment, will moderate the discussion.

Panelists are Al Diaz, executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer; Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost; Joan Fulton, professor of agricultural economics and University Senate chair; Mark Lundstrom, the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Brad Krites, student body president; and Teresa Lubbers, commissioner of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The panelists will address issues including state appropriations, private and federal support as alternate sources of revenue, the role of taxpayers, and synergies between learning and research.

"The trend of states gradually divesting from public higher education began decades before the recent recession, and there is no clear mandate from taxpayers that this trend should slow down or reverse course," Sands said. "The panel will bring different perspectives to important questions surrounding divestment trends and adjustments public research universities will make to continue creating an intellectual environment that is distinct among university systems worldwide."

Source: Timothy Sands, 765-494-9709,