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IU should govern IPFW, study recommends

Local business officials presented the state with five recommendations Thursday for realigning the governance of IPFW to better meet the needs of the workforce, including transferring administration of IPFW from Purdue University to Indiana University, streamlining programs and adjusting the state's performance funding formula.

The State Budget Committee met at IPFW Thursday morning where members heard the results of a study, also released Thursday, from John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and Bill Sheldrake, president of Policy Analytics and a co-author of the study.

The study resulted in five key recommendations for governance options and funding considerations, Sheldrake said. Those recommendations include:

  • Streamline IPFW programs to align with student needs and interests and with regional workforce needs.
  • Emphasize the importance of degree completion.
  • Strengthen the engagement between IPFW and the local business community.
  • Transfer administrative oversight of IPFW from Purdue University to Indiana University.
  • Adjust Indiana's performance funding metrics.
"IPFW and other regional campuses are beginning, in some ways, to to play a more important role in higher education," said State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, chair of the State Budget Committee. "This is one particular area where we need to focus the hardest during the next few (legislative) sessions."

The full 65-psage study can be found on the partnership's website:

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