Purdue students fight to keep IPFW

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Students gathered outside Hovde Hall on Purdue’s campus Thursday to voice their opinion on splitting Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne into two schools.

The Indiana University Board of Trustees voted in favor of doing so earlier Thursday morning. That leaves Purdue University as the last hope for IPFW.

By creating two schools, certain programs and majors would be dropped from northeast Indiana’s largest university.

Lauren Murfree attended IPFW for undergraduate school and is now at Purdue for graduate school. She says by losing certain programs, many students will suffer.

“If that region loses the comprehensive education, where are they going to go? A lot of people can’t afford to come here, sadly,” said Murfree. “So we need to make sure we aren’t oppressing people in a certain way, in obtaining an education that is affordable and to be successful in the workforce.”

The Purdue Board of Trustees is set to vote on the issue on Dec. 16.