Gov. Eric Greitens challenged Missouri’s colleges and universities last week in cutting $90 million from higher education in his budget plan.
Instead of raising tuition, Greitens suggested following the example of Purdue University by culling “administrative bureaucracy” and costly contracts to rein in spending outside the classroom.
The governor had a point: Purdue has kept tuition flat for the past five years, and school president Mitch Daniels — a former governor himself — has made a point of cutting unnecessary spending.
A more cautious approach to new building construction, implementation of a new health plan and yanking out rarely used landlines, for example, has helped save millions every year, said Robert Wynkoop, managing director of Purdue’s office of the treasurer.
But Daniels has also cited another trend helping his school: a stark increase in out-of-state and international students who pay more than native Hoosiers.
Purdue’s model could be extremely difficult to reproduce without making changes to several long-standing policies friendly to out-of-state students and potentially prioritizing nonresidents over Missourians.
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