Study Recommends Changes for IPFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A study released today by The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to explore the governance options and funding considerations for IPFW has provided five key recommendations for change at the university.

Among those changes, the suggestion of transferring administrative oversight of IPFW from Purdue University to Indiana University.

The study says IU has eight regional campuses across the state and the institutional infrastructure in place to administer them.  

 

According to a press release from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership: 

The five recommendations outlined in the study, found in the executive summary, are as follows.

*Engage in a re-engineering process. For IPFW to continue to serve as an asset for the community, it must look into streamlining programs to align with student needs and interests and the regional workforce needs.

*Emphasize the importance of degree completion. Increasing the number of students earning bachelor's degrees will help the region as it works toward the Big Goal.

*Strengthen the engagement between IPFW and the local business community. The university's Community Advisory Council should be more involved in the strategic direction for the campus, while the business community should be more willing to extend resources and expertise to the university.  

*Transfer administrative oversight of IPFW from Purdue University to Indiana University. Indiana University has eight regional campuses throughout the state and the institutional infrastructure in place to administer them.

*Adjust Indiana's performance funding metrics. The state's metrics should be modified to shift their emphasis from rewarding funding based on degree completion at the four-year interval and provide incentives for faster degree completion at regional campuses. It must recognize that regional campuses like IPFW have a different student body make up than their parent campuses.