Office of Academic Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions about Realignment

Note:  These answers are based on our knowledge at this time and may change as the decision making process moves forward

Bulletin Questions

What does the “lock” of the 17-18 bulletin mean?
It means we will minimize any new IPFW generated courses or programs or any other changes due to the number of changes that will be required.  If the 17-18 bulletin is “locked,” we can anticipate a “cleaner” transition process for the 18-19 bulletin.  The more changes, the higher likelihood that something may be missed.

Will firm deadlines and guidelines by communicated to all department chairs and those that work on the bulletin? 
Yes, in the same fashion that departments In Fall of 2017, departments may begin to move proposals for new or revised programs forward.  These would be approved for the 19-20 academic year. New courses should be held at the college level until summer of 2018.

If a preproposal for a new program has been approved but a proposal is being submitted, will that program sit or does it go forward?
See guidelines above for moving new proposals forward.

Will simple errors be able to be corrected in the bulletin (i.e., MA 140 has incorrect prereq?:
Yes, incorrect information can be fixed.

Will we be doing an IU bulletin?
No, that will be the IUPUI bulletin.

Will IU minors change to Purdue as well?
Yes, in the same fashion as the related major.

As IU programs transition to Purdue, will they need to change their degree requirements? 
No

Course and Program Questions

How much autonomy will we have?
We will continue to have autonomy over our undergraduate curriculum.  Graduate curriculum will, as it always has, need to go through the Purdue Graduate Council process.  We have a representative who serves on that council. In other areas (academic regulations regarding transcripts etc.), we will need to be in compliance with Purdue.  Most of our other policies (financial, human resources) are already in compliance with Purdue.

I’m concerned about keeping IU course codes for Purdue programs.  We will not keep IU course codes for Purdue programs, they will all be moved to Purdue subject codes.

How will IU courses be transferred to Purdue numbers?
A spreadsheet of all courses taught in the last five years has been sent to Purdue – they will create course numbers that mirror IU numbers (i.e., JOUR J321 will become COM 32100).  This will occur regardless of whether Purdue currently offer a similar course or any course in that discipline.  The range of topics previously allowed via different letters (JOUR C200, JOUR J200) will now be allowed via the last two digits of a five digit number (COM 20001, COM 20002)

How will IU courses for departments that no longer exist (Philosophy/Geosciences) be transferred to Purdue numbers?
The subjects still exist and are being offered. So, they will be transferred to Purdue subject codes in the same way as other subjects.

What will happen with graduate level IU courses?
They are being moved to Purdue course codes and new numbers in the same fashion as undergraduate courses.

Will the inconsistent course codes disadvantage students who want to transfer to Purdue WL?
Students will not have inconsistence course codes, so that will be an advantage. They may have inconsistent course numbers but that has often been the case.

How will Purdue students take an IU Health Science course (ex. BIOL majors taking pharmacology)?
They will not.  Pharmacology will continue to be taught by Biology. We are unaware of any dental, medical imaging, or nursing courses taken by other majors.

Who is IU and who is Purdue and when will programs go into realignment? 
All programs except Medical Imaging, Dental, and Nursing will be Purdue as of Fall, 2018 if the realignment proceeds.

How can we include courses that have not been taught for five years? 
At this point, those courses will have to be taught via special/variable topics numbers until all of the current recoding is accomplished (by Fall, 2018). Then we can look at adding those courses back for the 19-20 bulletin.

If new IU courses are not approved at this time, what should we do? 
Wait until Fall, 2018 and put them through for the 19-20 academic year.

Can we bring current WL courses here? 
Yes, once we get past the 17-18 bulletin, there is a process in place for doing that.  You should start in Fall, 2017 for the 19-20 year though as that process can take a bit of time.

If an entire college would want to align its curriculum with PU in its entirety, could there be a college-wide exception to the renumbering process?
  No, since all of the courses have to be re-numbered now for inclusion in the 2018-19 bulletin which has to be ready for fall, 2017.  Such an alignment could be done over time.

Is Spring, 2017 the time to tweak curricula & course modifications? If so, when would they need to be done?
No, given the number of changes for the Fall, 2018 bulletin, waiting until Fall, 2018 to make changes for the 19-20 bulletin is advised.

How will Purdue courses be used to meet IU general education requirements?
  We will work with IU to identify the courses they will need, the number of sections, and the objectives such courses will need to meet.  The current plan is for those courses to be offered as IU only sections. This allows us the “cleanest” model for students and record keeping.  It also means that a faculty member will not need to try to meet two sets of general education objectives in one section of a course.

Cross listed courses may be somewhat different in objectives and content – is this a concern?
At the current time, no cross listing of IU and Purdue courses is planned.

Teach out questions

If a student cannot finish their current IU program by 2021, what happens?
They will need to switch to the Purdue version of the program.

Will those students have to reapply to the Purdue version of their program?
We don’t think so – that may be a department decision.

What about military folks – if no stop outs are allowed – tell them NOW!! No stop outs will be allowed in the Health Sciences programs or in those IU programs becoming Purdue, if the student wants to complete from IU rather than shifting to the Purdue program, for those students beginning in Fall, 2017.  If the student does not finish, he/she will get the same major simply from Purdue rather than IU.  Note: this does not work the same way for students in the health sciences programs.  We will communicate this to students and each advisor should let students know if they are in a program that is changing.

Will current academic regulations be “live” until 2021? 
Current academic regulations are being reviewed by Educational Policy Committee this semester (Spring 2017) to bring them into alignment with Purdue by the Fall 2018 bulletin.  However, students have always had to follow current academic regulations, regardless of the bulletin year they follow for other requirements.

Faculty

Will all faculty become Purdue faculty? 
Yes, except those few exceptions for faculty who are IU 18/20 or IU paid.

Has there been any targeted conversations with those impacted on the Purdue and IU sides to help ease the transition? 
Not sure what is meant by “targeted conversation.”  Certainly we are in conversation with all of the programs transitioning and with the relevant parties at Purdue West Lafeyette, IUPUI and IUB.

How will benefits, leave time, retirement be affected for faculty and staff moving to IU?
Faculty rank and salary should not be affected.  We have been told the differences in retirement and benefits are minor. We expect that to be part of the charge to the working group “Human Resources.”

Other

Question: Library concerns:
How will we replace the databases and books we currently get through the IU system?

Answer: As we move forward
1)      We will be part of Purdue University’s negotiations with content providers for e-resources, as we were with IU;
2)      We will continue to provide interlibrary loan services, and increase patron-driven purchases, to supplement collection holdings and access to information;
 
Starting now
3)      We will purchase titles faculty are currently borrowing from IU for research and instruction that Purdue does not own;
4)      We will use this transition year to move the library management system and catalog from IU’s system to Purdue’s system behind the scenes, so when we make the switch, the transition should look fairly seamless from the user perspective.  We expect very few “gaps” in our library services for faculty or students once we have fully transitioned.

How will IU students get access to services? 
This depends on the service.  The current plan is that IU will have some enrollment services staff on campus.  Most learning support services will be provided by our campus and IU will pay a fee for their students to use those services.  So, students will access them (i.e., Writing Center, library, etc.) the same way they do now.

Will IU students be able to play on the athletic teams? 
We are quite confident that they will not.

How does the community currently see us and how will we combat any negative impacts?
Cannot answer the first question, but we do have a PR Specialist, Nicole Hahn, who will be focusing on keeping the community informed and addressing any concerns as we become aware of them.

Can we have a fact sheet to give students or a link to a fact sheet? 
The best “fact sheet” we have right now is the timeline on the website. As issues are worked out and decisions made, we can certainly create this if it is deemed useful.

How do we do budget planning for our unit given this realignment?
There will be a separate account number to which expenses related to the realignment can be charged so no “extra” immediate funding needs to be requested for this purpose.

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