A&S Dean’s Letter on Our Transition to PFW

Dear College of Arts and Sciences Students, Alumni, and Friends:

On February 22, 2018, the Higher Learning Commission approved the realignment of IPFW. With this approval in place, IPFW will officially become Purdue University Fort Wayne on July 1, 2018.

This is a historic moment for our institution. The possibilities for what we can achieve together as Purdue University Fort Wayne are limited only by our imagination and determination. Here in the College of Arts and Sciences, we have much to do to get ready for the transition in July, but I’m pleased to let everyone know that our preparations are underway and the college will be ready.

For the first time, all of the departments, programs, and administrative units in the College of Arts and Sciences will be united under the Purdue University emblem, and all of the degrees we grant in the college, starting with our

Fall 2018 freshman class, will be Purdue University degrees. Of course, current students in Indiana University degree programs will have the option of completing their IU degree and receiving an IU diploma at graduation if they choose.

I know that there are many questions and misconceptions about this transition to Purdue Fort Wayne. Let me assure each of you—our alumni, our current students, our friends—that the College of Arts and Sciences will continue to offer the same array of degree programs taught by world-class faculty that you have come to expect. The College of Arts and Sciences is not losing any current degree programs or majors during this transition. In fact, students will not only be able to choose from among our current degree options in anthropology, biology, chemistry, communication, communication sciences and disorders, English and linguistics, general studies, history, mathematical sciences, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and women’s studies, but will be able to choose from among our new degree programs in actuarial sciences, data analytics, biochemistry, and our new bachelor of science option in psychology. Looking ahead, we are currently designing new degree and certificate programs in several academic fields—stay tuned for these and many other developments as we transition to Purdue University Fort Wayne.

On behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences, I want to assure each of you that our commitment to student success, opportunity, and learning remain unchanged. Our mission to deliver high quality degree programs, hands-on advising and mentoring, and innovative learning experiences to our students remains unchanged as we move into the next chapter of our institution’s history.

We are committed to making sure that this transition is a successful one for everybody in the College of Arts and Sciences’ family. Should you have any questions at all about this transition to Purdue University Fort Wayne, please reach out to us at COASinfo@ipfw.edu or 260-481-6160.

Sincerely,
Eric Carl Link
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


This letter was sent out on March 6, 2018 to College of Arts and Sciences faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends in response to the Higher Learning Commission’s March 5 decision to approve the realignment of IPFW. You can learn more about the HLC’s decision in this press release. You can also view the letter in it’s original form on our Facebook page.

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