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State Aid Drops At Purdue and IU

Last updated on Monday, October 31, 2011

(BLOOMINGTON)(AP) - State aid to Indiana’s two largest public universities has dropped from 50% to 20% in the last 20 years. Now Indiana University and Purdue University are predicting it could account for just 10% of their budgets within a decade.

That's raising concerns about whether the schools should still be classified as public institutions, and how much control the state should have over them.

Republican State Sen. Luke Kenley of Noblesville says he's had informal proposals to privatize Purdue.

Purdue Provost Tim Sands says he doesn't see that happening but predicts an interesting dilemma for universities deciding who they're accountable to if donor contributions outweigh state funds.

IU President Michael McRobbie says the state should have less control if it's providing less money.

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