Funding uncertain for IPFW in legislative session

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – While Governor Pence made his State of the State address Tuesday night, IPFW has put together a specific outline for legislators to look over that pertains to increased funding for the university.

“You could expect a school like IPFW or other schools that rank lower in that funding list to go after special allocation or change to base funding that would allow for them to move up,” said Andy Downs, of Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

He said the university had received special allocation for $2 million per year from the last fiscal budget. Downs said the university has been down in per capita funding, but this special allocation has help balanced some of IPFW’s budgets.

IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein released a statement this week in the Journal Gazette stating this legislative session is very important for the university. She said in part:

“We are asking the legislature for a level of resources that matches the work we do. Over the past 10 years, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded by IPFW increased by 60 percent while our state allocation has decreased.” (Courtesy: Journal Gazette)

Downs explains how universities and schools get funding could be based off of two ideas. One idea would fund schools based off the base funding formula. He said some legislators have pitched the idea of scrapping the current formula and coming up with a new one. Others believe schools should be funded based off of performance.

Downs said it’s unclear exactly which road legislators will take to fund universities, which could put IPFW in uncertainty.

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