Two Purdue Campuses Will Merge Administrative Operations

Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central are proposing to merge administrative functions to free up funds for student services.

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Two Purdue campuses are combining resources to save money.

Purdue University officials are moving ahead on a plan that would unify the administration of the university‘s two northwest Indiana campuses. The plan will preserve the two existing campuses, only 35 miles apart, but administrative and academic oversight functions would be consolidated into one central office.

Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon says some physical changes with a central administration, like IT, can be easily done, but don‘t expect functions like Admissions to change.

“We still will have to have an admissions person on each campus, but whether we centralize admission is yet to be determined.”

Purdue North Central Chancellor James Dworkin says he and Keon are keeping both campus’ students in mind.

“We have two very excellent campuses and we feel with doing some of these administrative restructuring we can save some money on that side and have additional resources to be able to spend on new faculty positions, perhaps in student areas like student access and student success,” Dworkin said.

The Purdue Board of Trustees must still approve the administration merger proposal, after they receive it before the end of this year.

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