FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) officials announced Tuesday that the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees (HLC Board) has officially approved the realignment of IPFW, including assuming the name Purdue University Fort Wayne. The HLC Board met on February 22, 2018, and the university received the official action letter notifying approval of the change on March 5, 2018. This approval marks a major milestone in the progression of the realignment and the final approval needed for the university to begin officially marketing and branding the new Purdue University Fort Wayne.
“The dedicated people across our campus, as well as our colleagues from the Indiana University and Purdue University Systems, have worked diligently to ensure a solid foundation for the future of both institutions in Fort Wayne,” said Ron Elsenbaumer, Chancellor. “The continued collaboration between Indiana University Fort Wayne and Purdue University Fort Wayne is critical to the future success of both institutions. As we transition to being separate and independent—yet equally committed—partners, I encourage everyone to remember our number one priority—our students.”
The realignment follows several years of study and consideration by the Indiana State Legislature and the Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE). ICHE recommended—and the State Legislature directed the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) to lead—a formal study leading to recommendations for the Fort Wayne campus. The LSA made a formal recommendation to split management and control of the institutions between Indiana University and Purdue University. Specifically, the report recommended consolidation of all health sciences programs offered on the Fort Wayne campus to move under the management and control of IU as IUPUI programs. All remaining programs would remain under the management and control of Purdue University as Purdue University Fort Wayne. Under the realignment recommendation, Purdue University retained sole degree-granting authority for all academic programs other than the IUPUI health sciences programs offered on the Fort Wayne campus.
The Indiana University Board of Trustees and Purdue University Board of Trustees considered the recommendations and approved the realignment as recommended by the LSA. The respective Boards of Indiana University and Purdue University drafted and signed the “Agreement and Plan for Realignment for Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne”. The Higher Learning Commission for HLC Board of Regents approved the realignment. The agreement is effective on July 1, 2018.
“The continued collaboration between Indiana University Fort Wayne and Purdue University Fort Wayne is critical to the future success of both institutions. As we transition to being separate and independent—yet equally committed—partners, we all agree our number one priority is educating and graduating our students,” said Elsenbaumer. “This is truly an exciting time to be part of an institution with so much promise and opportunity ahead.”