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Friday, August 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Business panel proposes IU govern IPFW: Pushes realistic funding formula"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an interesting story today by Vivian Sade about IU-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW). Here are a few quotes [ILB emphasis]:

Indiana University, not Purdue University, should govern IPFW, and the state's performance funding formula should reflect the number of students who graduate in five or six years instead of four.

Those were a few of the recommendations from local business officials who met with the State Budget Committee at IPFW on Thursday.

John Stafford, retired director of IPFW's Community Research Institute, and Bill Sheldrake, president of Policy Analytics and a co-author of the study, presented its findings. * * *

IPFW needs to manage and adjust its graduate programs to meet the needs of students and maintain a direct, consistent and formal communication structure between its campus and its governing main campus, the study found.

In addition, IPFW is requesting a state funding metric that is more responsive to the challenges and realistic performance patterns of a regional campus, according to the study.

The state's performance funding is based on increasing the number of those receiving degrees based on two- or four-year programs. It does not apply to IPFW or other regional campuses because those universities deal with a different demographic, Sheldrake said.

Modifications to the funding formula should include an incentive for regional campuses that increases baccalaureate degree completions at the five-year and six-year intervals, Sheldrake said.

“The two- or four-year programs many times do not apply to IPFW or other regional campuses because those universities are dealing with a different demographic,” he said.

“Many students are working full time in addition to attending school.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 15, 2014 10:27 AM
Posted to Indiana Government