Upon approval of the realignment plan by the IU Board of Trustees, the presidents of both universities released a statement about the agreement.
Joint statement issued by Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie
Dec. 1, 2016
The last five years have seen numerous studies and initiatives undertaken by the state legislature, the Fort Wayne community and the IPFW campus that examine the governance structure of IPFW. 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. Each endeavor has had merit, but until now there has been no definitive answer to the question, “What is best for the campus community and its many stakeholders?” While neither Purdue University nor Indiana University initiated any of these studies, we have done our best to respond to their recommendations.
The plan of realignment approved today by Indiana University’s Board of Trustees, which is expected to be adopted by Purdue’s trustees at their Dec. 16 meeting, reaffirms both universities’ commitment to the Fort Wayne community, while differentiating the institutions’ respective educational contributions. Indiana University’s focus on the health sciences is based on substantial evidence of regional demand and apparent opportunities to build partnerships with local healthcare providers. Purdue University 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.