Until June 30, 2018, questions about specific programs and departments should be addressed to the chancellor’s office at the Fort Wayne campus.
To be clear, the “elimination” of specific departments and programs refers to the removal of the administrative structures of the program affected and to the suspension of admission of new students into a major or minor degree program in the area. The intent is to continue to offer courses in all areas and no faculty are at risk of losing their ability to teach the subjects. Rather, they are being asked to reorganize with other academic departments with whom they align in order to more efficiently offer these courses for students.
We have recently witnessed an outstanding example of restructuring with the Women’s Studies program and the Political Science Department organizing themselves in a manner that meets the objectives of restructuring and serves the best interests of IPFW students.
University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP) final recommendations were presented in mid-October 2015, and final feedback was due to the USAP team by December 1, 2015.Learn more about the USAP
Yes. Courses in all affected departments will still be taught. Tenured and tenure-track faculty members will maintain their tenure (or, progress toward tenure) and their rank. All will continue to serve as full-time faculty in good standing and with future opportunities for promotion.
Decisions regarding program reduction and academic reorganization are based on the complementary goals of reducing overall instructional cost (via the elimination of costly administrative overhead structures), improving aggregate instructional and administrative efficiency by focusing more faculty attention on instruction, and improving the educational experience for all students.
The University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP), started in March 2014, involved a team of faculty and staff volunteers from departments and offices throughout IPFW. The team conducted two rounds of reviews and responses covering every academic and administrative area.
This research and data, along with other input such as regional employment trends and the results of the student First Destinations Surveys, informed the recommendations made in the final USAP report, which was released in May 2016.
The USAP report identified programs with a small number of students in their majors and which produced very few graduates over time. The report also offered ideas on how resources could be reallocated toward programs with high demand and high potential impact for the region and the economy.
Athletics already faced $450,000 in reductions through the elimination of two sports. Administrative areas of the university also faced significant cuts beginning in 2014.