Dear Friend of the College,
The College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) like the rest of the University has been forced to adjust to the reality of reduced resources. The College’s annual budget is composed primarily of the salaries of faculty and staff, during the 2012–13 academic year it became necessary to leave unfilled a number of faculty positions that were vacated due to retirement or resignation.
For the 2013–14 academic year, we are dedicated to continuing to provide outstanding educational experiences for our students. While we learn to adjust to the required budgetary belt tightening, we will continue conversations regarding the reallocation of resources. Budgetary reductions and reallocations are neither simple nor pleasant topics, our conversations will be open, candid, informed by data, and guided by our mission and vision.
I encourage you to review the programs and experiences featured on the COAS webpage and invite you to attend a UC2 event, review our Student Performance Metrics, check out the COAS News and Events, and engage in a discussion of higher education in my blog Sapere Aude – A Liberal Arts & Higher Education Blog. Specifically for students we have the First Mondays lecture series, as well as the Faculty in Focus, and Major Factor video series.
Finally, I would like to remind you that our students face many challenges throughout their educational careers; one of the most daunting is the cost of higher education. Declining levels of state support for public universities such as IPFW have resulted in rising tuition rates. The shifting of costs from the general public to the individual learner has resulting in mounting levels of student debt. While we are proud of IPFW’s affordability, it is increasingly clear that our students need help in achieving their educational goals without drowning in debt. For that reason, I have collaborated with IPFW’s Office of Development to establish a College of Arts and Sciences General Scholarship Endowment Fund. This fund will support students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in COAS departments and programs. Once the endowment reaches a sustainable level, it will provide scholarships to students based on need and merit. As the endowment grows, so will the number of scholarships offered. Our students are struggling to pay for their education and many will be paying for it for many years after they graduate. Your help would go a long way toward making college more affordable. Please consider making a contribution to College of Arts and Sciences General Scholarship Endowment Fund through the IPFW Office of Development by clicking on “Give Now,” then “College of Arts and Sciences,” and selecting “College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship Fund.”
I wish you all the best for an exciting and successful year!
Carl N. Drummond
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences