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September 20, 1996

Trustees OK budget request, new construction

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University's Board of Trustees today (Friday, 9/20) approved a 1997-99 legislative request for operating funds that focuses on adding more technology -- primarily in classrooms and laboratories -- and asks for 4 percent increases in current programs for each of the two years of the biennium.

The board also voted to move forward with two major construction projects and ratified the appointments of two long-time staff members to emeritus status.

Technology in the classroom -- acquiring it, improving it, providing greater access to it -- is the theme of the operating request Purdue will make to the 1997 Indiana General Assembly. In addition to focusing on computers and information technology, the request asks for adjustments for salary and benefits, operation of new buildings and other unavoidable increases.

"Purdue professors are discovering wonderful teaching possibilities by combining digital technology with various audio and visual materials and information sources," said President Steven C. Beering. "These advances are transforming the education experience and allowing students to learn better and faster. At the same time the people who hire our graduates expect them to be computer literate. Purdue has an obligation to equip its students with the technological skills needed to be successful in their careers."

In addition to stressing to state officials that the state should take on more of the expense of educating students than it has in recent years, Purdue will push for a number of needs related to computing:


Sources: Steven C. Beering, (765) 494-9708; home, (765) 743-9933

Frederick R. Ford, executive vice president and treasurer, (765) 494-9705; home, (317) 463-2037

John M.Huie, vice president for state relations, (765) 494-6829; home, (765) 743-9007;


Robert L. Ringel, executive vice president for academic affairs, (765) 494-9709; home, (765) 463-1496

Thomas Schmenk, director of facilities planning and construction, (765) 494-8003;


Writers: Ellen Rantz, (765) 494-2073; home, (765) 497-0345; e-mail,

Amanda Siegfried, (765) 494-4709; e-mail,

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