EDITORIAL: Make sure neither Purdue campus is stinted

2014-03-09T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: Make sure neither Purdue campus is stinted nwitimes.com
March 09, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Merging the Purdue North Central and Purdue University Calumet administrations makes sense, in that the campuses are so close together.

The plan is to keep the two campuses — in Westville and Hammond — operational but consolidate administrative and academic leadership.

This is much like what Ivy Tech did in consolidating the Northwest and North Central regions.

Purdue University Calumet  Chancellor Thomas Keon and Purdue North Central Chancellor James Dworkin are working on the details. When all the dust settles, there will be one chancellor overseeing both campuses.

Dworkin expects the merger to take about two years to complete, with the administrative change completed in 12 to 15 months.

Much of the work involves streamlining services and eliminating duplication.

While cutting costs, focus on the students' needs.

Sophomore Rachel McCooley, a nursing student, said some classes aren't offered each semester. She wants more class options.

"That affects the students and our lectures, especially in the science department," McCooley said. "Most of the time our teachers are hurrying to get through the material without any time to ask questions."

Increasing the availability of classes, especially the more popular and required courses, would help students complete their degrees sooner. That's an important mission.

The two campuses are close together, just about 35 miles apart. If Purdue were creating a Northwest Indiana presence now, instead of then, it's highly unlikely both sites would be created. But they're here now, serving students from a broad area. It's important to keep both sites open.

Make sure in the future neither campus gets stinted, that investments and course offerings are fairly distributed to continue to serve the region's students well.

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