IPFW COULD BECOME INDEPENDENT

IPFW COULD BECOME INDEPENDENT

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IPFW  has a new President and Chancellor, and Lawmakers feel that now is the right to time to bring this issue up again and the perfect opportunity to finally see it through. 

   

Andrew Downs an associate professor of  political science  at IPFW, knows students and professors alike have many unanswered questions as to what pulling away from Indiana and Purdue could mean.

    When a student puts down they are a graduate of Purdue at ft Wayne or Indiana at ft Wayne that caries a certain amount of weight somebody doesn't have to question that universities credentials," said Downs.

    If IPFW were to become an independent school, students would no longer graduate with a degree from one of the two well known universities. 

     "I do think it's neat to be able to say you went to Purdue I know a lot of people come here because they can do that," said Hannah Easter, an IPFW junior.

    A stand-alone campus also raises concern about  credits  for students thinking about transferring to either Indiana or Purdue.  

    There could definitely be transferring issues and maybe someone took classes that they were planning to be able to transfer over and they don't transfer, I could definitely see that being an issue," said Easter. 

    As Downs explains, the university already has a plan in order.

    "If independence were to take place there wouldn't be a whole lot of difference for students in terms of changes for students for credit hours because we already establish those criteria," said Downs. 

    Senator Kruse says that IPFW doesn't get enough funding from Purdue--something he hopes will change if the campus were to break-away

 

"We're the fifth largest campus and we are 14th in funding so to me we ought to be fifth in funding," said Senator Kruse. 

 

    Senator Kruse thinks that an independent university would actually entice local businesses to give funding to the school. 

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