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Petitioning Chancellor Vicky Carwein Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and 4 others

Save the French & German Programs at IPFW

The Department of International Language and Culture Studies (ILCS) at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is vigorously fighting the elimination of their Bachelor of Arts programs in French and German. Will you stand with us and tell IPFW and its parent institutions (Indiana University and Purdue University) that we will not allow the pointless reduction of meaningful humanities content at our metropolitan multi-system university?

A recent report from the University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP) at IPFW proposed these closures after soliciting precious little input from faculty and ignoring the very positive feedback that the department received for these programs from the USAP team over the past two years. The team valued the fundamental contributions made by all ILCS programs, including French and German, to the IPFW mission and goals of Plan 2020; particularly, they highlighted the successful efforts of ILCS towards the crucial goal of internationalizing the campus. Claiming that the elimination of French and German is based on the evaluation emerging from the USAP process is not accurate.

The French and German majors have been quite effective in recruiting, keeping, and graduating their students, and in producing students acquire high ranking jobs - locally, domestically, and internationally. Despite their smaller size, French and German generate more revenue for COAS and IPFW than the cost of maintaining their faculty. Moreover, since no faculty or administrative positions will be eliminated in this move, there are seemingly no savings to be gained from doing away with these programs. 

IPFW is the only public university offering majors in French and German in the northeast Indiana area. Our graduates are vital in providing foreign language teachers for schools and local companies, which require employees who are capable of navigating cultural and linguistic borders to communicate successfully with colleagues and clients engaged in commerce, governance, and other organizational activities both at home and abroad.   

The Purdue University Board of Trustees seems to be telling the entire northeast Indiana area that we are not worthy of an education that prepares us for the reality of a competitive global and internationalized world. That, it seems, is a privilege reserved only for those students and the families who can afford to send their children to West Lafayette, Bloomington, or a private university. We urge you to add your voice to this petition, to tell us why you're doing so, and to stand with us as we demand that all stakeholders be listened to and that this process take into account the financial realities that make this decision not just bad for the ILCS department, but bad for all of northeast Indiana, both now and in the future.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Chancellor Vicky Carwein
    Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • President Mitch Daniels
    Purdue University
  • Purdue University Board of Trustees
  • President Michael McRobbie
    Indiana University
  • Chairman James T. Morris
    Indiana University Board of Trustees


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