John S. Applegate, left, is Indiana University's executive vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Michael Mirro is chair of the University Relations Committee on the Indiana University Board of Trustees. He is also medical director of the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation.
Health care has traditionally been one of the primary industries in Fort Wayne.
With six hospitals and numerous health and dental clinics serving the second-largest city in the state and the hub of northeast Indiana, it's logical for Indiana University to offer health sciences programs – dentistry, nursing, medical imaging, medicine and social work – to reflect the realignment of IPFW, which will become effective July 1, 2018.
The realignment, following the January 2016 recommendations by the Legislative Services Agency and approvals of the Indiana and Purdue universities' boards of trustees, was designed to better serve northeast Indiana and allow both IU and Purdue to focus on their respective academic mission areas and enhance teaching, research and engagement at IPFW.
IU's focus on the health sciences, and its strong liberal arts education, will build upon the strong foundation that exists in Fort Wayne and have transformative potential for the greater Fort Wayne community and northeast Indiana.
We will augment existing collaborations, provide more learning opportunities for students with our educational and clinical partners, and prepare the next generation of health sciences professionals.
Work is well under way, and numerous working groups, which include more than 200 IU, Purdue and IPFW representatives, have been established to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for all current and prospective students, faculty and staff.
Significant progress has been made, but there is still much work to do as we move toward the realignment date.
We know the realignment has resulted in many questions and a lot of change. And change is difficult.
As you think about the future, please know that Indiana University is committed to academic and student success by offering and bolstering strong interdisciplinary programs; Indiana University is committed to continuing its collaborative relationship with Purdue University; and Indiana University is committed to investing in students and working hand-in-hand with Purdue Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne community and northeast Indiana to ensure a successful IU Fort Wayne.
Follow the progress at ipfwtransition.iu.edu.