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General

What is the realignment?

The realignment of the Fort Wayne campus came as a result of the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) study recommendations released in January 2016 regarding the overall role and governance of IPFW by Purdue and IU. Neither IU nor Purdue initiated this or any of the previous studies of IPFW over the past five years. The realignment agreement, based on the recommendations of the state-mandated LSA study, required approval from trustees of both Indiana University and Purdue University. Both boards of trustees approved the agreement during their board meetings in December 2016.  

Why is the realignment happening?

In January 2016, the LSA released a report recommending a change in role and governance of IPFW. The report recommended that Purdue and IU continue their presence in Fort Wayne by replacing the current model with a clear designation that Purdue be the governing entity of the Fort Wayne campus, that each university focus on its respective academic mission areas with IU focusing solely on health sciences, and that all efforts be made toward improvement of teaching, research and engagement in northeast Indiana.

What will change with the realignment?

The academic mission areas of IPFW will be realigned under a revised governance structure, effective July 1, 2018. Consistent with the LSA recommendations, Purdue will continue to have authority and responsibility for managing and operating the Fort Wayne campus and will offer all academic, research and public service mission areas and degrees currently offered on campus, except for those designated as IU academic missions. Those missions will revolve around an IU-operated health sciences initiative and will include nursing, dental education, medical imaging, the Doctor of Medicine degree and the social work program.  

In order to provide a seamless experience for students, Purdue and IU will continue to exercise close collaboration and cooperation in the delivery of programs, as students desiring to pursue degrees in the IU health sciences programs will receive core curriculum courses and services offered by Purdue on campus. These services, as well as the space occupied by the IU programs on campus, will be covered by a set of ancillary agreements between the parent institutions. 

Background

How were the realignment decisions made?

The agreement and plan for realignment was developed following several studies of campus governance over the years, culminating with the most recent LSA study released in January 2016. After careful review and consideration of the recommendations, as well as months of collaborative discussions between their administrations, the Boards of Trustees of both IU and Purdue believe the proposal for realignment now reflected in the agreement and plan is in the best interest of both universities.

Did IPFW have a voice in this?

Yes, IPFW was represented by Chancellor Vicky Carwein, Dr. Andrew Downs and the President of IPSGA on the LSA study committee. Before, during and after the study concluded, several members of the IPFW administration worked in good faith with our parent institutions to provide data and information as the trustees developed the new agreement.

Can the decision be changed?

The decision has been deemed by a full contingent of stakeholders as the best outcome for the future success of the Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana community.

Timing

When will the changes take place?

The agreement and plan of realignment became effective immediately upon approval of the respective Boards of Trustees and contemplates a number of steps to be taken over the following 18 months to ensure that all necessary elements for a successful transition have been addressed to the satisfaction of the respective Boards of Trustees. These include ensuring that sufficient funding is made available from the legislature and reaching concurrence on the terms of the ancillary agreements between IU and Purdue, which address such items as general education courses offered to the IU health sciences students on campus, the provision of student services, and the management and operation of facilities. Assuming these conditions are met, the ancillary agreements will be entered into during the summer of 2017, followed by a transition period of one year. The realignment effective date is July 1, 2018. 

What happens next?

All efforts have had, at their core, how best to provide for the educational interests of the region and the economic growth of northeast Indiana. IPFW faculty and staff have been working in good faith with the parent institutions since the LSA study was released in January by providing information and data. This information sharing will continue as plans move forward to realign the mission areas on campus. As Presidents Daniels and McRobbie have stated, Purdue University will conduct an analysis of potential new programs in both STEM disciplines and the humanities that will attract new students and position the campus for a strong and successful future. The plan is designed to create a seamless experience for both IU and Purdue students on campus through course availability, the delivery of student services, and the use of campus facilities. 

How long will all of these changes take?

The realignment effective date is July 1, 2018. The full transition for current students as they complete their degrees may take through June 30, 2021. As plans and ancillary agreements pertaining to facilities and programs continue to be developed and finalized, information will be shared with the campus community. 

What is the timeline for approvals and accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission?

Certain transactions require prior approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the university's accrediting body. A Change in Control, Structure, or Organization Application was submitted to HLC on June 30, 2017. The HLC has scheduled a site visit to the Fort Wayne campus September 5-6, 2017. The HLC Board of trustees will vote on Commission approval at their February 2018 meeting with a decision expected in March 2018.

Students

How will the realignment affect students?

Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, new students will be admitted into the separate IU and Purdue campuses and all tuition and financial aid will be issued by the respective universities. Degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled will have until June 30, 2021, to complete their degree and have it conferred by the institution in which they are currently enrolled. 

Current IPFW students who finish their degrees will be “grandfathered in,” receiving a degree from the university that currently operates the program. Students admitted in the Fall 2017 semester—with the exception of those in health sciences programswill have until July 1, 2021, to receive their degree from the institution that currently offers their degree program. All students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor to ensure their successful completion of their program of choice, but it is especially important that health sciences students consult with their academic advisor and plan a pathway toward completion.

What’s the impact on student success?

The university stands by its commitment to student success and will work diligently to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for all current and future students. The university will continue to provide support to students to help ensure their academic success in their chosen course of study. 

What will happen to my degree program?

Any IU program that is not considered one of the health sciences (nursing, dental education, medical imaging) will be transferred to Purdue University. However, degree-seeking students currently enrolled will have until June 30, 2021, to complete their degree and have it conferred by the institution in which they are currently enrolled.

I’m admitted for fall 2017. How does this affect me?

Students admitted in the Fall 2017 semester—with the exception of those in health sciences programswill have until July 1, 2021, to receive their degree from the institution that currently offers their degree program. All students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor to ensure their successful completion of their program of choice, but it is especially important that health sciences students consult with their academic advisor and plan a pathway toward completion.

What about music?

The highly regarded Department of Music, which is currently not affiliated with either IU’s Jacobs School of Music or Purdue, will become part of Purdue as part of the transition. Both parent institutions are confident that the department’s high quality and strong reputation have positioned it well for continued success. The Purdue School of Music will provide an unmatched experience. While you’ll be served by the same staff and faculty IPFW students have come to know and trust, you’ll also be part of something unique—the first School of Music in Purdue University’s 148-year history. By bringing together our successful program with the Purdue name and rich legacy, we are better positioned to provide a differentiated, unique, world-class education and connect students to opportunities in northeast Indiana—and beyond—aligned with their goals.

Outcomes

How will this change/help campus?

The Presidents and Boards of Trustees for both universities believe that the realigned structure is in the best interests of each university and presents a clear, specific path toward improving the delivery of teaching and research services in northeast Indiana. This will allow both Purdue and IU to fully focus on each institution’s strengths and respective educational contributions. Purdue will conduct an immediate analysis of potential new programs in both STEM disciplines and the humanities that will attract new students and position the campus for a strong and successful future. The plan is designed to create a seamless experience for both Purdue and IU students on campus through course availability, the delivery of student services, and the use of campus facilities. 

What will happen to the IU programs on campus?

Any programs designated as IU mission areas under the current management agreement that will not become part of the IU health sciences-focused initiative will be transferred to Purdue. 

What will happen to the Purdue programs going to IU?

Only one current program will be transferring from Purdue to IU (nursing.) Dental education and radiography are already IU programs. 

FutureFAQ
Will the IU programs leave campus? How will this work for students?

Both universities will be located on the current Fort Wayne campus and will share building space. Under the ancillary agreements contemplated by the realignment plan, Purdue will offer and deliver, and IU will procure and pay Purdue for various services to IU, including but not limited to: general education classes; office, lab, classroom and other physical space; and administrative services needed for usage of such space.

How will this affect the faculty and staff?

All full-time and part-time faculty will be offered employment by IU or Purdue as part of the agreement. The realignment plan and agreement address the transfer of faculty as some will move to IU and others will move to Purdue as part of the transfer of academic programs. Staff transfers will be addressed in an ancillary agreement.

Additional Questions

Will we still be the Mastodons?

The Mastodon has been the campus mascot for many years and there has been no specific proposal to change it. That issue will be considered as the realignment moves forward and input will be sought from the campus community and beyond. 

Will our color still be blue?

The school colors were not addressed during the discussions, however, now that the new institution names have been determined, a brand marketing study will be conducted to determine how best to move forward with branding the institutions.

Will IU students be allowed to play for Mastodon athletics teams?

After review of applicable NCAA legislation by all involved, including Fort Wayne Athletics with assistance from NCAA staff, it has been determined that it’s not feasible for future students enrolled in the health sciences at the Indiana University - Fort Wayne campus to compete for the Purdue University Fort Wayne Mastodons. As the details of the various realignment agreements are finalized, we continue to work to maintain the eligibility of current student-athletes actively pursuing degrees in the health science programs after the effective date of realignment.

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