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Purdue Trustees Approve IPFW Split; Will Be Effective in 2018

IU approved same proposal earlier this month, current students have until 2021 to get degrees under current enrollment

FORT WAYNE, IN -- Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne will soon become two separate schools. 

Earlier today, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the realignment of IPFW by a 7-3 vote. The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the same proposal earlier this month. IPFW Spokeswoman Kimberly Wagner says current students can still finish their degrees.

"There are several agreements that need to be met by the end of June," Wagner said. "In the meantime,  IPFW will continue working with both Purdue and IU."

The move goes into effect in time for the Fall 2018 semester. The realignment will basically give Purdue full control of the main IPFW campus, with IU gaining control of Purdue's dental, nursing and medical schools, creating an Indiana University medical school in Fort Wayne. 

Current students have until July 1, 2021 to earn their degrees.

IPFW released the following statement shortly after the vote:

“Today, the Purdue University Board of Trustees voted to approve an agreement and plan of realignment for IPFW that lays the framework for the future governance of the Fort Wayne campus. This follows the Dec. 1 approval by the Indiana University Trustees and marks the key step needed to move the plan forward. IPFW will continue working with Purdue and IU as they focus on their academic mission areas with a view toward a successful future for our students, our campus community, our city, and the northeast Indiana region.”

(Image courtesy of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne.)

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