Daniels: Make IPFW state’s sec­ond metro uni­ver­sity

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FORT WAYNE — Pur­due Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Mitch Daniels wants the In­di­ana Com­mis­sion for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion to des­ig­nate In­di­ana Pur­due Fort Wayne as the state’s sec­ond metropoli­tan uni­ver­sity and in­crease its state fund­ing.

Daniels made the re­quest Fri­day in a let­ter to In­di­ana Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sioner Teresa Lub­bers.

IPFW cur­rently is des­ig­nated as a re­gional cam­pus, like most other Pur­due branches, leav­ing it limited in the types of de­gree pro­grams that the 13,5000-stu­dent cam­pus can of­fer, in­clud­ing mas­ter’s and doc­tor­ate de­grees.

IPFW spokesman John Kaufeld says the re­gional des­ig­na­tion also ex­cludes IPFW from the state’s per­for­mance fund­ing met­ric, which awards schools for grad­u­at­ing stu­dents with “high-im­pact” de­grees in science, tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion and math­e­mat­ics.

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion spokesman Ja­son Bearce says the agency’s board likely will dis­cuss Daniels’ re­quest at is Feb. 12 meet­ing.

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