Behind the transition

Following a comprehensive five-year study, Indiana University and Purdue University agreed in 2016 to realign the IPFW campus to better provide for educational interests and economic growth in northeast Indiana. This realignment reaffirms IU’s and Purdue’s commitment to the Fort Wayne community and allows each university to focus on its areas of expertise.

  • What is the difference between realignment (LSA) and restructuring (USAP)?


    The realignment of the Fort Wayne campus came as a result of a study done by Indiana’s Legislative Service Agency (LSA). The LSA study, released in January 2016, made recommendations regarding the overall role and governance of IPFW by IU and Purdue. Neither IU nor Purdue initiated this or any of the previous studies of IPFW since 2011. The realignment based on the recommendations of the state-mandated LSA study required approval from trustees of both Indiana University and Purdue University. Indiana trustees approved the realignment on Dec. 1, 2016. Purdue trustees gave their approval on Dec. 16, 2016.

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    The restructure of academic programs announced in late October 2016 came as a result of the University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP). This process was an internal, joint faculty-staff review of campus operations initiated and conducted by IPFW. It was designed to produce recommendations on how to better align resources with IPFW’s mission, with a particular focus on the recent issues of declining enrollments and budgetary shortfalls. It was, and is, a separate endeavor from the LSA study, which was mandated by the state of Indiana. The academic and administrative restructuring is the responsibility of the Fort Wayne campus and does not need Board of Trustees approval.

  • Are the restructuring and the realignment linked?

    No. While the two initiatives have been talked about together and have transpired concurrently, it is not accurate to say that the restructuring is only occurring because of the realignment, or even that the two are inextricably linked. In fact, just the opposite is the case. The issues addressed by the USAP initiative require attention and would need to be addressed whether or not a realignment occurred between Purdue and IU.

  • 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 the Indiana–Purdue Student Government Association (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.

  • Will Chancellor Carwein still be chancellor?

    On April 5, 2017, Chancellor Carwein and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced her plan to retire by the end of 2017.

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  • How will the transition help the 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 IU and Purdue 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 IU and Purdue students on campus through course availability, the delivery of student services, and the use of campus facilities.

  • What will happen to the IU and Purdue 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.

    The Purdue programs that fall under the field of health sciences (nursing, dental education, and medical imaging and radiography) will be transferred to IU.

  • 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.