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Indiana University, Purdue University officially OK 2024 split

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Wednesday was a historic day for both Indiana University and Purdue University: Leaders of each university signed documents to effectively end IUPUI.

Each university will start their separate Indianapolis operations in fall 2024.

Community leaders say there’s a lot that lies ahead for the two institutions.

Both universities say it’s a new and exciting chapter. They say, by separating both universities, they can offer more opportunities for their students and graduates as well as leverage each university’s unique strengths.

Community leaders say it would not be possible without the support of the presidents of both universities as well as state and local leaders.

IU says it plans to double enrollment in key tech-focused academic programs, invest in expanded research and lab space, and grow its Indianapolis-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty.

IU President Pamela Whitten said, “This is tremendous. It’s wonderful for Indiana University. It’s wonderful for Purdue University, but most importantly, it’s for the city of Indianapolis and for the state of Indiana.”

Purdue University in Indianapolis will assume responsibility for the existing engineering, computer science, and technology programs, and confer Purdue West Lafayette degrees.

Purdue has also received $60 million from the Indiana General Assembly to fund the first “academic and student success building” on a 28-acre campus in downtown Indianapolis.

Purdue University in Indianapolis will be Purdue’s first comprehensive urban campus.

Purdue University President Mung Chiang said, “This has long been a dream for the Boilermakers and today we get to do it and we thank all of the outstanding support.”

Information from Wednesday event

Memorandum of Understanding

“August 12, 2022, the Trustees of IU and Purdue approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

“MOU stated the mutual intention to work toward a plan of realignment for Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis.

“Parties agreed to cooperate and collaborate in good faith to develop and implement the Realignment Plan.

“Goal to enter into the Definitive Agreements by June 30, 2023, with effective date for the new model of July 1, 2024.”

Program Transfer Agreement

“Memorializes the Agreement between IU and Purdue to give effect to the realignment plan and to cooperate with each other during the 1-year transition period from July 1, 2023, through June 1, 2024.

“Purdue shall transfer to IU and IU shall assume responsibility for the School of Science at IUPUI (other than the Department of Computer Science) as well as the Music and Arts Technology Department and related programs currently operated by IU within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

“IU shall transfer to Purdue, and Purdue shall assume, all responsibility for the Department of Computer Science and IU shall transfer to Purdue the departments and programs covered by the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.”

Curriculum Offering And Academic Delivery Agreement

“Sets forth the mutual understanding about the course offerings and general support that IU, as the University having authority and responsibility to control academic units at the Indianapolis Campus other than the Purdue Realigned Academic Units, which provide to Purdue students enrolled in academic coursework on the Indianapolis Campus.”

Teach-Out Agreement

“Sets forth the mutual understanding regarding Teach-Out Planning for students enrolled in Realigned Academic Units with a start date of June 30, 2024, and an end date of June 30, 2027.”

Student, Faculty and Staff Services Agreement

“Sets forth the mutual understanding around the ongoing needs of both IU and Purdue for the successful implementation of the planned realignment and the need for operational collaboration to provide continued high-quality services to the students, faculty, and staff of both University and the need for IU to offer certain services to Purdue.”


“Sets forth the mutual understanding concerning Purdue’s lease of real estate and 3 surface parking lots and its lease of space in 4 IU owned buildings for its current academic and research programs already housed in these buildings until such time as Purdue determines that the space is no longer needed.”

Fort Wayne Amendments: Program Transfer Agreement

“Via the July 2018 Agreement, IU and Purdue successfully completed the realignment of academic missions and operations on their joint campus formerly known as Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“The collaborative efforts to work toward an IUPUI realignment, IU and Purdue received feedback from key stakeholders that has prompted them to consider changes to this 2018 Agreement.

“IU and Purdue have agreed to amend the Agreement to:

“– removed restrictive covenants regarding their ability to offer and deliver courses and degrees or to advance research and public service missions in the academic missions of the other Party on the Fort Wayne campus, and

“– supplement the Agreement to expand upon the treatment of real property held by IU and Purdue on the Fort Wayne Campus.”

Fort Wayne Amendments: Curriculum Offering And Academic Delivery Agreement

“As a result of the Amendment of the Program Transfer Agreement to remove restrictive covenants regarding the ability of IU and Purdue to offer and deliver courses and degrees or to advance research and public service missions in the academic missions of the other Party on the Fort Wayne Campus, IU and Purdue agreed to revise this Agreement to remove the same restrictive covenants.”