Some Purdue students oppose name change for tech college

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By: Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Some Purdue University students are opposing the decision to change the College of Technology’s name to Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Some students and graduates are concerned the name change could be confusing, implying they graduated from a regional campus or trade school connected to Purdue.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Dean Gary Bertoline tells the Journal & Courier the change has been in the works for two years. He says focus groups consisting of students, faculty and industry were interviewed before the name change and reaction has been positive.

Purdue senior Austin Haberly is asking university officials to at least allow students enrolled at the time of the rebranding to graduate with College of Technology degrees.

The board of trustees approved the name change in May.