Background

What is the difference between restructuring (USAP) and realignment?

The restructure of academic programs announced in late October came as a result of the University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP). This process was an internal, joint faculty-staff review of campus operations initiated and conducted by IPFW. Launched nearly three years ago, it was designed to produce recommendations on how to better align resources with IPFW’s mission, with a particular focus on the recent issues of declining enrollments and budgetary shortfalls. It was, and is, a separate endeavor from the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) study, which was mandated by the state of Indiana. The academic and administrative restructuring is the responsibility of the Fort Wayne campus and does not need Board of Trustees approval.

The realignment of the Fort Wayne campus came as a result of the LSA study recommendations released in January 2016 regarding the overall role and governance of IPFW by IU and Purdue. Neither IU nor Purdue initiated this or any of the previous studies of IPFW over the past five years. The realignment based on the recommendations of the state-mandated LSA study required approval from trustees of both Indiana University and Purdue University. Indiana trustees approved the realignment on Dec. 1. Purdue trustees gave their approval on Dec. 16.

Are the restructuring and the realignment linked?

No. While the two initiatives have been talked about together and have transpired concurrently, it is not accurate to say that the restructuring is only occurring because of the realignment, or even that the two are inextricably linked. In fact, just the opposite is the case. The issues addressed by the USAP initiative require attention and would need to be addressed whether or not a realignment occurred between Purdue and IU.

How were the realignment decisions made?

The agreement and plan for realignment was developed following several studies of campus governance over the years, culminating with the most recent LSA study released in January 2016. After careful review and consideration of the recommendations, as well as months of collaborative discussions between their administrations, the Boards of Trustees of both IU and Purdue believe the proposal for realignment now reflected in the agreement and plan is in the best interest of both universities.

Did IPFW have a voice in this?

Yes, IPFW was represented by Chancellor Vicky Carwein, Dr. Andrew Downs, and the president of the Indiana–Purdue Student Government Association (IPSGA) on the LSA study committee. Before, during, and after the study concluded, several members of the IPFW administration worked in good faith with our parent institutions to provide data and information as the trustees developed the new agreement.

Can the decision be changed?

The decision has been deemed by a full contingent of stakeholders as the best outcome for the future success of the Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana community.

Will Chancellor Carwein still be chancellor?

On April 5, 2017, Chancellor Carwein and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced her plan to retire by the end of 2017. Read the chancellor’s statement to the campus community.