Purdue University President Mitch Daniels believes Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is better off staying aligned with the state's two largest universities rather than going independent.
The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/SQH6Me ) the former Indiana governor told community leaders on Monday that IPFW's biggest strength is its ability to award a diploma that says "Purdue University" or "Indiana University," something it would lose if it were independent. But Daniels says he will support whatever the community decides.
Purdue now runs the joint Indiana-Purdue campus in Fort Wayne.
Some area lawmakers started pushing for more autonomy two years ago when a popular chancellor was forced to retire at age 65 by Purdue's board of trustees enforced the university's policy after previously granting exceptions.
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