KPC News Service

The board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission officially approved the realignment of what has been Indiana University ­­– Purdue University Fort Wayne.

IPFW announced the approval Monday. It is the last official approval needed to complete the realignment of IPFW to Purdue University Fort Wayne. Indiana University will continue, separately, to operate its medical school on campus, and will take over the nursing and other health care related programs as an extension of its medical school in Indianapolis.

The HLC board met on Feb. 22 and the university received the official action letter notifying approval of the change on March 5.

“The dedicated people across our campus, as well as our colleagues from the Indiana University and Purdue University Systems, have worked diligently to ensure a solid foundation for the future of both institutions in Fort Wayne,” said Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer. “The continued collaboration between Indiana University Fort Wayne and Purdue University Fort Wayne is critical to the future success of both institutions. As we transition to being separate and independent — yet equally committed — partners, I encourage everyone to remember our number one priority — our students.”

The Indiana University and Purdue University boards of trustees had already separately approved the realignment. The new structure will go into effect on July 1.