IPFW Moves Forward with Restructuring, Eliminates Several Degrees
As of Tuesday, IPFW’s Philosophy, Women’s Studies, French, and German individual degree programs are suspended. Additionally, eight majors within other departments, six stand-alone teaching programs, and four graduate programs are also suspended.
Find a full list of the suspended or eliminated programs here.
Faced with a multi-million dollar budget shortfall, various proposals have been made throughout this year to cut costs for the university.
Back in January, IPFW received a recommendation from the Legislative Services Agency that IPFW become a Purdue campus, while Indiana University would take over health sciences departments.
In May of this year, a report issued by the University Strategic Alignment Process recommended the consolidation or elimination of 13 academic departments.
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Carl Drummond says overseeing the elimination of these programs is difficult, but necessary.
“I’m doing it with as much care and caution as possible but we have to achieve some cost-savings and we need to achieve greater efficiencies,” Drummond said.
In his address to the IPFW Faculty Senate on Monday, Drummond said tenured faculty in the eliminated programs must now find a new tenure home within another department.
Academic deans will be working with department chairs and faculty of eliminated programs to determine a timeframe in which students can complete their studies.