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New Schools Announced for Purdue Fort Wayne

Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 25, 2018

By: Brittany Smith

The Purdue Board of Trustees voted to restructure departments into three new schools.

“As we look to the future and transition to Purdue Fort Wayne, creating these three new units with the unique designation of ‘schools and colleges’ makes us more attractive to prospective students,” said Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management, in a press release from Dec. 12, 2017.

Effective July 1, 2018, the Department of Manufacturing and Construction Engineering Technology and the Department of Computer, Electrical, and Information Technology will form the School of Polytechnic within the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science.

The new school will allow IPFW to stand out when compared to other universities in the region, said Manoochehr Zoghi, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, in a press release.

“It sends the message that we are an institution that engages our students in applied learning, theory, and research that is critical to our future in business and society,” Zoghi said.

In addition, the College of Professional Studies will replace the College of Education and Public Policy. The College of Professional Studies will include the newly formed School of Education, which is composed of the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of Professional Studies.

The third new school will be the School of Music, established by the College of Visual and Performing Arts. John O’Connell, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts said IPFW’s school of music will be the first and only school of music in Purdue’s history.

According to the press release, the creation of the School of Music is credited to a $1 million grant from the English-Bonter-Mitchell Foundation and a $1 million allocation from the state of Indiana.

The Purdue Board of Trustees also voted to move three departments. The Department of Human Services and the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management will be moving from the College of Health and Human Services to the College of Professional Studies.

The Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Visual Communication and Design, which is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will be merged with the Department of Art and Design.

Within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Sociology will be combined to form the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

The board also approved IPFW to offer a Bachelor of Science in psychology in addition to the Bachelor of Arts in psychology they already offer. The Indiana Commission for High Education must approve the new degree program, according to the press release.