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IU, Purdue Against Giving Regional Campuses More Autonomy

Senator Jim Banks to introduced a bill to let regional campuses offer their own degree programs.

Indiana University and Purdue are objecting to the proposal to give their regional campuses more autonomy.

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Indiana University and Purdue are objecting to the proposal to give their regional campuses more autonomy.

Indiana University and Purdue are objecting to a proposal to give their regional campuses more autonomy.

Complaints from IUPUI’s Fort Wayne campus administrators about Purdue‘s governance of the campus prompted Senator Jim Banks to introduce a bill to let regional campuses offer their own degree programs, and give them a direct pipeline to their parent university‘s trustees instead of answering to the president.

Purdue Provost Tim Sands says Purdue is reviewing its relationship with its regional campuses, but says the autonomy bill would cause probelms.

“When we think about efficiency, we really have to be thinking first about the affordability and access for our students,” Sands says. “So if we‘re talking about generating multiple copies of a business system, or a degree program for that matter, obviously that‘s working against efficiency.”

IU and Purdue officials say they‘re open to discussions. But both universities say the bill would create inefficient parallel structures at a time when they‘re trying to slash costs and answer demands to make college more affordable.

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