IPFW is the 5th largest campus in the state, but it ranks 13th in terms of funding. Several state leaders and school officials attended a meeting Wednesday on campus to push for better funding and recognition for the University.
State Senator Dennis Kruse is the chairman of Indiana's Regional Campus Study Committee. The group met Wednesday for the third and final time this year to vote on four recommendations involving regional college campuses.
At the meeting, the committee passed one out of four recommendations. The first, which passed, calls for new funding formulas to better reflect the need of regional colleges. The second recommendation calls for a streamlined process to approve new undergraduate and graduate programs. Officials at IPFW hope that the university will soon offer doctorate degrees.
The third recommendation calls for a special designation and more autonomy at IPFW. The fourth recommendation asks for Indiana University and Purdue University to work together to streamline the governance system for regional campuses.
These recommendations will be drafted into a final report that will be sent out to all state legislators. Recommendations often hold weight in passing legislation, including a possible increase in IPFW's 2015 budget.
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