Purdue University in Indianapolis FAQ
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What is happening?
Indiana’s two world-class public research universities, Indiana University and Purdue University, are taking their 52-year-old collaborative IUPUI vision to the next level: creating a next-generation urban campus in which each institution operates independently, leveraging the strength of both globally respected reputations. Under the new structure, both universities will be able to expand academic and research portfolios, investing millions of dollars in both individual and collaborative efforts.
Why was the decision made?
The dramatically growing needs of our state call for a correspondingly bold move to provide the world-class higher education and research capabilities our economy needs. Central Indiana business and community leaders have expressed concern about shortages of talent well-trained in the engineering, sciences, technological and health care disciplines, and a related gap in local capacity for high-end research.
The plan will increase the number of job-ready graduates in an innovation-led economy, fuel economic growth in the region and the state, and enhance service to the Indianapolis community and beyond. It also provides a platform for collaboration in which each university’s strengths will enhance funding opportunities for joint research initiatives, including creation of a joint health sciences engineering institute. This new institute will develop new life-enhancing therapies and technologies while simultaneously creating a highly sought-after pool of professionals whose unique research and training will create startups and attract new companies to Indiana.
What will happen to the IU and Purdue programs on campus?
IU will continue to own and operate the Indianapolis campus.
Purdue will assume responsibility for engineering, computer science and technology as a fully integrated expansion of Purdue West Lafayette. The new structure will allow Purdue to grow engineering, technology and computer science enrollments in Indianapolis and create exciting opportunities for current West Lafayette students to “study away” in Indianapolis while pursuing internship or cooperative work opportunities with Indianapolis companies. In addition to its new urban campus, Purdue intends to open a branch of its Purdue Applied Research Institute on or near the current IUPUI. Overall, Purdue anticipates growing today’s Indianapolis enrollment by more than 1,000 students, housing many together in a new residential building near their academic buildings. IU will take over operation of what is now the School of Science at IUPUI, except for its Department of Computer and Information Science, which will become part of Purdue.
In addition to Purdue’s computer science programs in Indianapolis, IU will accelerate training for tomorrow’s IT workforce by expanding its Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering with new computer science programs in Indianapolis. IU also expects to enhance integration of its science programs with its School of Medicine and other allied health science schools, expanding the number of students who will be prepared for health science-based careers, improving the pipeline of doctors and nurses and keeping more graduates in the state. IU will also establish innovative collaborations in new research areas, which will benefit the state through increased funding and resulting startups. In addition, IU will have responsibility for providing certain administrative services for both academic organizations and for maintaining the intercollegiate athletic program. IU will continue to provide innovative educational experiences for the more than 27,000 students in other IU programs such as business, law, nursing, social work and a wide range of other academic disciplines.
Will IUPUI keep its existing name?
Purdue, IU and IUPUI will operate under their respective identities in Indianapolis after the transition. The exact names for each university’s presence in Indianapolis will be one of the projects of our working groups. While IUPUI will cease to exist as a unique entity, its proud legacy and degree programs will continue through this new model.
What is the process for working through the details of the restructure? How will faculty, staff, and students be engaged?
Purdue and IU will engage a set of working groups to develop specific operational plans for the realignment. These work groups will likely include the following areas: HR and Finance, Student Success, Facilities, IT/Systems, Enrollment Management, Communication and Branding, Research, Donor and Alumni, and Athletics.
How will Purdue West Lafayette be impacted by this restructure?
Day-to-day operations in West Lafayette will not be impacted by the restructure in the short run. Longer term, the separation will give Purdue West Lafayette students easier access to work for Indianapolis firms while continuing their academic progress toward a degree. Faculty may have opportunities to teach/conduct research in Indianapolis. In general, the Indianapolis campus will be an expansion of West Lafayette activity – a new urban campus
How will undergraduate students admitted to and enrolled in IUPUI programs prior to the July 1, 2024, transition be impacted by the restructure?
Until July 1, 2024, IUPUI student programs and services will continue to be offered as they are today. Commitments made prior to July 1, 2024, to IUPUI students pursuing Purdue degrees, such as scholarships, university-funded fellowships, tuition reciprocity agreements, the opportunity to complete degrees, and (subject to customary Board-approved adjustments) tuition and fee rates, will be honored through the standard time to complete your degree program, assuming you fulfill the applicable requirements of these arrangements and continue to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with university policies. The terms of existing IUPUI articulation agreements will be honored for students who enroll by or before August 19, 2024. Any changes to programs and services which result from the transformation of IUPUI into separate academic organizations in which Purdue and IU each govern their own programs will be announced prior to July 1, 2024.
How will future Indianapolis campus undergraduate students be impacted by the restructure?
Ultimately, students enrolling at the Indianapolis campus in a major, degree or program within the Purdue realigned academic units will be admitted as Purdue students using the admission standards of Purdue West Lafayette. There will likely be some transition period before this occurs.
How will core classes be delivered?
The separation will allow for course equivalence across the board to promote maximum flexibility between Purdue West Lafayette and Indianapolis. However, Purdue students at the Indianapolis campus may be expected to enroll in general education courses and programs offered by IU.
How will tuition be handled?
Each university will set and collect its own tuition and fees. Purdue student fees for services provided by IU will be set by IU at the same level as it charges its own students for such fees.
How will student services be provided to Purdue students?
After the separation, Purdue students at the Indianapolis campus will have access and the ability to join and participate in all student services and extracurricular student activities offered by IU at the Indianapolis campus. That includes student housing and dining; parking; student organizations, associations, groups, clubs and societies; library access and usage; health, wellness and counseling services and other student support resources; and athletic events, recreation and intramural sports and such other extracurricular activities, services and resources. IU will issue Purdue students enrolled at the Indianapolis campus student identification cards required for participation in the student services.
Faculty and Staff
What are the benefits of the separation for Purdue West Lafayette faculty?
Among the many benefits of an urban presence are possibilities for tighter faculty-industry collaborations, improved access to the Indianapolis entrepreneurial ecosystem, better opportunities to attract faculty who prefer an urban lifestyle, advantages for dual-career hires and deeper connections to the IU Medical School.
How does guidance for tenured and tenure track faculty alignment apply to pre-tenured faculty?
Pre-tenured faculty will follow the same guidance as tenured faculty to determine departmental alignment. Department heads will work directly with all pre-tenured faculty to have conversations about tenure expectations.
When will I be contacted after I submit my CV, Teaching and Research Statements to department head(s) on February 1?
Faculty will be informed of departmental outcomes by spring break.
Will there be an appeal process to review outcomes?
What are the benefits of the separation for current IUPUI faculty and staff?
IUPUI faculty and staff who are part of the Purdue programs being transferred will become full members of the Purdue family and will benefit from an expanded Purdue presence in Indianapolis. The new relationship with Purdue West Lafayette is expected to expand opportunities for faculty to teach/conduct research.
How will my compensation/benefits be impacted by the transition to Purdue?
One of the working groups will be addressing this topic, but every effort will be made to ensure compensation and benefits are comparable to current levels.
Will staff members keep their jobs after the restructure?
Purdue plans to offer all staff members who are employed by IU on June 30, 2023, employment after the separation is complete on June 30, 2024.
If a faculty member if going up for tenure this year or next at IUPUI, should they follow the tenure home process for faculty not yet tenured or use the process for tenured faculty?
IUPUI faculty will follow IUPUI P&T guidelines for the current tenure cycle (AY23) and the AY24 cycle. Faculty in this situation will follow the T/TT faculty alignment guidelines this year to determine the appropriate West Lafayette academic department home and tenure track home decision.
Will faculty going up for tenure and/or promotion at IUPUI in AY23 or AY24 have to follow an additional process post-tenure or post-promotion to ensure their tenure and/or promotion will be accepted in the WL department with which they are aligned?
No. Dr. Peter Hollenbeck will work with the faculty member and WL department heads this fall and coming spring to determine tenure home alignment so faculty will not need to follow an additional process. When IUPUI TT faculty who are being considered for promotion in 2022-23 or 2023-24 are being reviewed for a home by PWL units, those units will be made aware of the timeline, and will accept them on the basis that their subsequent tenure/promotion process will be honored at PWL.
How will any IUPUI/PWL salary differences (ranges) be handled?
This remains to be determined. HR will begin in spring 2023 to review and analyze staff roles at IUPUI and to compare them to the PWL job family structure and pay bands. The results will be communicated in autumn 2023.
What physical facilities will be assigned to Purdue?
Space and physical facilities will be the focus of a work group and will be determined over the coming year.
How will research be impacted by the restructure? What plans are being made?
In addition to its new urban campus, Purdue intends to open a branch of its Purdue Applied Research Institute in Indianapolis. Purdue and IU have also agreed to the creation of a new health sciences engineering institute to harness the power of the universities’ collective academic and research strengths and ongoing collaboration between Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and other Purdue health-related disciplines, and Indiana University’s School of Medicine and health-related disciplines to develop new life-enhancing therapies and technologies while simultaneously creating a highly sought-after pool of professionals whose unique research and training will create startups and attract new companies to Indiana.
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