Purdue senate chairman visits IPFW after unrest following program cuts

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Purdue’s senate chairman was at IPFW Thursday, dealing with the aftermath of several programs being cut at the Fort Wayne campus. David Sanders met with Chancellor Vicky Carwein and faculty.

“I received phone calls, emails and people also came to West Lafayette,” Sanders said.

As chairman of Purdue’s senate, it was essential for Sanders to visit IPFW.

“It is part of our assignment to understand what’s going on, and I’ll be presenting what I find to the university senate,” Sanders said.

After the program cuts were announced, students and some faculty protested the changes.

“There were some announcements made by the administration and faculty. Some of them seem to be caught off guard,” Sanders said. “They weren’t fully aware of exactly what was going to happen, and they were concerned about their input into that process.”

Some took it a step further.

Some tenured faculty are calling for Carwein to resign, releasing a “notice of no confidence” in their leader.

Sanders said he’s aware of the letter.

“I think the biggest issue is always about communication and about whether there was adequate input of the faculty, whether all the facts had been communicated properly — so that’s where a lot of the concerns arise,” Sanders said.

Sanders will go back to West Lafayette and present his findings at a Purdue senate meeting later this month.