Purdue seeks $2 million for local programs
As part of its state budget request, Purdue University is seeking $2 million for Purdue Fort Wayne academic programs.
On Friday, Purdue trustees approved a request for these Purdue Fort Wayne programs: materials, biomaterials and bioengineering; data science, applied statistics and computer information systems; and strategic and risk management, financial services and financial information systems.
The money is for building enrollment and transitioning the programs to become self-sustaining, Purdue spokesman Jim Bush said.
“The university hadn’t asked for this funding previously because we wanted to be deliberative and thoughtful about what we needed from the state, so after diligence and research into the regional workforce needs, we are asking for this funding now to better align our programs,” Bush said in an email.
The funding is part of a larger Purdue request totaling 32 million for fiscal year 2020-21.
The request will be submitted to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in September. After review, the commission will make its recommendation to the General Assembly for consideration.