Some programs will be cut or transferred as part of the realignment and restructuring. Find out how these changes will affect IPFW faculty and staff.
Faculty & Staff Impact
How will this affect the faculty? 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 addresses 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.
What programs and departments are being restructured?
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.
USAP final recommendations were presented in mid-October and final feedback was due to the USAP team by Dec. 1. A website including frequently asked questions and updates is available at https://www.ipfw.edu/microsites/usap/
Will courses in the affected departments still be offered?
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.
Why are programs being cut that generated revenue for the university?
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.
How were the decisions to cut programs made?
The University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP), started in March 2014, involved a team of faculty and staff volunteers from departments and offices throughout the university. 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.
Why are academic programs being cut instead of athletics funding?
Athletics already faced $450,000 in reductions through the elimination of two sports. Administrative areas of the university also faced significant cuts in the last two years.