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Purdue, IU trustees finalize Fort Wayne realignment agreements

WEST LAFAYETTE and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Purdue University Board of Trustees and Indiana University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 16) approved agreements to implement the realignment of the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus, as outlined by the plan approved by both boards in December.

With the goal of providing a seamless student experience, the agreements govern the formal transfer of programs between Purdue and IU based on their redefined academic mission areas as well as Purdue’s provision of various curriculum delivery, administrative and support services to IU students, faculty and staff on the Fort Wayne campus. The agreements allow for a one-year transition period before the realignment fully takes effect on July 1, 2018.

“From the time we received the state recommendation that led to the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne realignment effort, hundreds of people have worked tirelessly to bring to reality a vision of a stronger and more focused campus that better serves the educational and economic development needs of this important region of the state,” said Purdue and IU presidents Mitch Daniels and Michael McRobbie in a joint statement. “We are extremely grateful to faculty and staff at IPFW, Purdue and IU, as well as to members of the Fort Wayne community, for all of the thoughtful input and support we have received. The set of agreements approved today provides the foundation for a reinvigorated educational endeavor that reinforces our commitment to Fort Wayne and that will serve its students and northeast Indiana for generations to come.”

Under the realigned structure, Purdue will have authority and responsibility for managing and operating the majority of the Fort Wayne campus, to be named Purdue University Fort Wayne. IU will operate and manage the health sciences programs on the Fort Wayne campus, which will be named Indiana University Fort Wayne. Both IU and Purdue are committed to exploring opportunities for growing their respective programs, and working closely together, to better serve the needs of Northeast Indiana students and to advance regional economic priorities.

More than 200 faculty and staff from Purdue, IU and IPFW have been involved in the transition planning process, which identified and explored necessary implementation steps in areas ranging from academic policies, finance, human resources, and student services and systems to facilities, legal and legislative issues, and alumni and foundation matters.

As they carried out their work, the transition teams adhered to guiding principles that had been articulated by a joint steering committee representing all three entities. These principles included striving for a seamless student experience; transitioning faculty between institutions with tenure, rank and seniority intact; ensuring no duplication of missions; arranging for a smooth transfer of libraries to Purdue; and administering endowments and gifts in accordance with donor intent.

Agreements approved Friday:

* Provide a road map for the 2017-18 transition year by outlining various measures for the transfer of programs, personnel and property between institutions in accordance with the realigned academic mission areas. For example, the universities agree to certain transfers of real estate they now hold jointly, with the land underneath the medical education building going to Indiana University and the land under other campus buildings going to Purdue.

* Provide an outline for the delivery of general education courses by Purdue for the benefit of IU health sciences students going forward. In addition, the agreements provide for the delivery of health science courses by IU for the benefit of current Purdue nursing, dental education and medical imaging students through 2021 under a “teach-out” mechanism.

* Outline Purdue’s delivery of services, such as housing, parking and IT resources, to the faculty, staff and students within the IU academic mission areas, as well as the charges and cost reimbursement for those services.

* Provide the terms and rates for the lease of space on the campus by Indiana University.

While most agreements will not fully take effect until July 1, 2018, the program transfer agreement will become immediately effective on July 1, 2017. Together, these agreements will replace the current management agreement between Purdue and IU for the Fort Wayne campus.

Source: Purdue University News Room

Statement from Purdue Board of Trustees on Name Change - April 21:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (April 21) approved a resolution to designate Purdue University Fort Wayne as the new name for the campus that will arise from the planned realignment process. The name change is pending approval of the realignment by the Higher Learning Commission.

In its meeting on the Fort Wayne campus, trustees said the name was selected, in part, based on a survey conducted in February. The survey offered two suggested names (Purdue University Fort Wayne and Purdue University Northeast) and also allowed respondents to propose other options.

According to a resolution, and assuming HLC approval, the new name will officially take effect on the proposed realignment effective date of July 1, 2018. However, the resolution also states that, in the meantime, university officers and employees may use and refer to the name during their work on the realignment transition. The resolution also allows for the campus to be referred to commonly as Purdue Fort Wayne.

“While this name is straightforward, it conveys something that is very important to us,” said Mike Berghoff, Board of Trustees chair and a member of the Fort Wayne campus Community Council who also served on the IPFW Study Working Group. “We want to be clear that this campus will offer students the quality academic experience that is behind the Purdue name while, at the same time, stressing our community partnership and commitment to making a positive impact on Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana.”

The Indiana University Board of Trustees also recently approved the name of Indiana University Fort Wayne for its health science programs. The naming will take effect with the July 1, 2018, realignment.

The respective trustees of Purdue and Indiana universities in December approved a plan of realignment for the governance structure of IPFW, which provides that Purdue will continue to have authority and responsibility for managing and operating the Fort Wayne campus. Each university will focus on its respective academic areas, with IU focusing on a new health sciences initiative and with Purdue taking on responsibility for all other existing academic mission areas while exploring potential new programs to serve the region’s economic priorities. In anticipation of the final effective date of July 1, 2018, both boards are expected to vote on final agreements this summer that will govern the relationship of the two institutions under the realigned structure in Fort Wayne.

Source: Mike Berghoff, trustees@purdue.edu

Joint statement from Presidents Daniels and McRobbie - Dec. 1 (following vote of Indiana University Trustees):

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.

The realignment agreement can be found at the Purdue University News Room.

December 16, 2016: Purdue Board of Trustees Approves LSA Plan

On Friday December 16, 2016, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved an agreement to end the university's 50-year governance partnership of IPFW with Indiana University and split IPFW into separate IU and Purdue campuses.

Statement from Purdue

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (Dec. 16) approved a realignment agreement and plan that lays out the future governance framework for the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus. The trustees’ vote marks the key approval needed for the plan to move ahead after Indiana University’s Board of Trustees voted for approval Dec. 1.

The agreement provides that Purdue will continue to have authority and responsibility for managing and operating the Fort Wayne campus as it has since its inception. The realignment, subject to various conditions, will occur on July 1, 2018. As part of the agreement, Purdue’s nursing, medical imaging and dental education programs will be transferred to IU, which currently manages the medical and social work programs on campus, and Purdue will administer all other academic programming. Each university will focus on its respective academic mission areas, with IU focusing on a new health sciences initiative and with Purdue exploring potential new programs in both STEM disciplines and the humanities.

The realignment plan stems from recommendations in a Legislatives Services Agency (LSA) report, completed in January 2016 at the direction of the Indiana General Assembly.

“Based on work from the LSA group, it was clear that the status quo was no longer serving the best interests of IPFW students or the community,” said Mike Berghoff, chair of Purdue’s Board of Trustees. “There are still details to be worked out, but one guiding principle will be that both universities remain committed to offering high-quality programs that serve students and the community, but in a way that is focused on each institution’s core strengths.”

Berghoff said a transition team will be assembled to implement the realignment plan and address outstanding issues leading up to the July 2018 effective date. He said Purdue will conduct an analysis of potential new programs in both STEM disciplines and the humanities designed to attract new students and reverse IPFW’s recent declines in enrollment and revenue.

Statement from IPFW

IPFW's statement about the vote was released on Friday December 16:

Today, the Purdue University Board of Trustees voted to approve an agreement and plan of realignment for IPFW that lays the framework for the future governance of the Fort Wayne campus. This follows the Dec. 1 approval by the Indiana University Trustees and marks the key step needed to move the plan forward. IPFW will continue working with Purdue and IU as they focus on their academic mission areas with a view toward a successful future for our students, our campus community, our city, and the northeast Indiana region.

Questions about the agreement should be addressed either to Purdue University or Indiana University, at the following respective email addresses: legalcounsel@purdue.edu and smithsim@iu.edu.

December 1, 2016: IU Board of Trustees Approves LSA Plan

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved an agreement to end the university's 50-year governance partnership of IPFW with Purdue University and split IPFW into separate IU and Purdue campuses.

Joint Statement from the Presidents

Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie released the following joint statement on December 1 about this action:

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.

The realignment agreement can be found at: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2016/1612-ipfw-agreement.pdf

Statement from IPFW

IPFW's statement about the vote was emailed to IPFW faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, December 1.

As announced earlier by President Daniels and President McRobbie, the Indiana University Board of Trustees voted today to approve an agreement and plan of realignment designed to implement the recommendations of the January 2016 Legislative Services Agency report. The agreement still needs to be approved by the Purdue University Board of Trustees at its stated meeting scheduled for December 16 and is subject to approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

IPFW administrators, faculty and staff evaluated potential outcomes and consequences during the LSA study that began almost two years ago and have been working to provide information to our parent institutions since the report was released in January 2016.  Today’s action brings us one step closer to a decision regarding the future governance of our campus after many months of uncertainty.  Assuming approval of the plan by the Purdue Trustees two weeks from now, we will continue to work with Purdue and IU to implement the realigned structure with a view toward making it a success for our students, our campus community, our city and the Northeast Indiana region.

 What is important for everyone to remember is this:

  • Our students will continue to be served by faculty and staff they know and trust;
  • We have the same mission that sustained IPFW for more than 50 years; and
  • We remain dedicated to our unmatched commitment to student success.

We realize that there are many more questions than answers at this point. The university administration is committed to sharing information in a timely manner and we will make every effort to keep you informed as this transition progresses.

Questions about the agreement should be addressed either to Purdue University or Indiana University, at the following respective email addresses: legalcounsel@purdue.edu and smithsim@iu.edu.