Purdue faculty fight against IPFW’s plan to cut programs

Purdue faculty fight against Indiana- University- Purdue- University Fort Wayne's plan to cut programs (WLFI).
Purdue faculty fight against Indiana- University- Purdue- University Fort Wayne's plan to cut programs (WLFI).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University is fighting to have a voice in Indiana University–Purdue University’s plan to cut three academic programs at the Fort Wayne campus.

Under the plan, IPFW leaders would eliminate women gender studies, philosophy and geology by Jan. 1. They said restructuring the programs would help save money in the face of declining enrollment.

According to Purdue President Mitch Daniels, the school has had a 22 percent drop in enrollment over the last five years.

Faculty at the West Lafayette campus said the plan is controversial and in the past have had no say. But they feel the plan would affect tenured faculty in the eliminated departments.

Monday, Purdue’s Senate stepped in and voted to be a part of the conversation on whether or not these departments are cut.

“The bottom line is that we have structures in place about shared governance that apparently was not followed up, accordingly by the university code and our own guidelines,” Vice Chair Alberto Rodriguez said.

For now, the two campuses will negotiate what comes next.