The Purdue Board of
Trustees on Friday, July 18, approved Purdue University Northwest as the
name of the unified Calumet and North Central campuses.
Once unification is
complete, the two campus locations will be respectively identified as the
Purdue University Northwest-Calumet campus and the Purdue University
Northwest-North Central campus.
James B. Dworkin,
chancellor of Purdue North Central, and Thomas L. Keon, chancellor of Purdue
Calumet, praised the campus naming as a key step forward in their
unification efforts. Combining the campuses reflects Purdue's continuing
emphasis on administrative cost savings and promoting student affordability
and accessibility, they said.
"I am very happy
that our naming process is complete," Dworkin said. "This is a major step
forward in our campus unification. Our unification effort reflects our
commitment to ensuring the academic and administrative excellence of Purdue
North Central and Purdue Calumet. Both campuses have established themselves
as valued members of the Northwest Indiana community, and we're pleased that
the trustees kept this goal in mind with the selection of Purdue University
Keon added that the
name selection underscores a sense of cohesiveness that will serve both of
the campus locations going forward.
is ready for a more enriched Purdue University with excellent academic
programs, experienced faculty and quality students," he said. "Coming
together as Purdue University Northwest reflects our commitment to working
closely together to create an even stronger presence in the many communities
The name's adoption
will be phased in over the next two years as work continues to unify
administrative oversight functions into one central office and provide
opportunities for students to seamlessly pursue degree programs at either
campus location. For now, Purdue University Northwest will be used in
activities connected with the continued unification plan.
Purdue Calumet and
Purdue North Central will begin to market academic programs as one regional
campus after gaining accreditation to do so by the Higher Learning
The target date for
completion of unification is July 1, 2016. Announced Feb. 26, the
unification will include a formal plan that will be presented to trustees at
a later meeting.
will not see their curriculum, coursework or graduation requirements change.
Incoming students will still apply and enroll at the campus location of
In addition to
approving the name, trustees authorized the two chancellors to develop a new
logo and to create new nomenclature to distinguish the existing regional