IPFW faculty board votes to keep status quo

The vote balks at a recommendation for IPFW to transition a Purdue-governed campus

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The IPFW Faculty Senate on Monday voted to ask its parent universities to keep the status quo and allow it to continue operations as normal.

Last month an Indiana General Assembly working group tasked with studying the role and governance of IPFW recommended in a 55-page report that the university transition from a single multi-system university into two distinct campus operations, where Purdue would serve as the sole governing entity. Days later, then, while groups like the Regional Partnership rallied in favor of the recommendation and students and staff pondered their future, IPFW’s Faculty Senate voted unanimously to send a resolution to the presidents and boards of trustees at Indiana University and Purdue University urging them to reject that proposal.

The IPFW Faculty Senate on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, unanimously approved a pair of resolutions regarding the future operation of IPFW.
The IPFW Faculty Senate on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, unanimously approved a pair of resolutions regarding the future operation of IPFW.

On Monday, that same Faculty Senate gathered again and approved in sweeping votes two resolutions that effectively balks at the idea of breaking down IPFW into a Purdue Northeast campus.

The board voted to recommend to Purdue and Indiana universities to enhance IPFW as an independent university. Then, the board voted to push for the right to continue on under the same management agreement that exists between Indiana and Purdue.

“We believe we’re able to serve Northeast Indiana better and serve students and the folks who live here better if we’re actually still one institution and what we actually need is some time to operate under this new designation that was only given to us in 2015,” said Andrew Downs, presiding officer of the IPFW Faculty Senate.

The requests are expected to be taken under advisement by the Indiana and Purdue trustees at some point.

That’s not to say they’ll be honored, though. As parent schools to IPFW, the universities are not bound by an IPFW Faculty Senate recommendation.

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