When Purdue University Calumet’s Academic Learning Center opens this fall, the facility also will house several Indiana University Northwest offerings. Thanks to a partnership developed between the two northwest Indiana regional universities, IU Northwest will hold eight classes at the Merrillville-based Academic Learning Center. Additionally, for the convenience of students and their busy schedules, some classes offered by each university will provide an opportunity for joint or equivalency credit with either institution.
“Indiana University Northwest is extremely pleased and proud to partner with Purdue University Calumet in this exciting endeavor to further service the educational needs of our communities,” IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland said. “This partnership will provide our students with more choices in their academic studies. The central location of this facility will also provide residents in the south counties of northwest Indiana increased access to higher education opportunities.”
Fall semester classes at the $9.1 million Purdue Calumet Academic Learning Center begin Aug. 29. The two-story, 47,880 square feet structure is intended to be primarily an off-site, feeder or starter facility, offering mostly freshman and sophomore level classes.
IU Northwest plans to offer courses in business, finance, chemistry, computing, education, mathematics, criminal justice and public affairs for a total of eight classes. In addition to the eight classes, IU Northwest has agreed to cross-list an additional 22 Purdue classes on the IU Northwest schedule. IU Northwest students will be able to register for the eight IU Northwest classes along with 22 of Purdue's classes.
“We at Purdue Calumet are excited about the prospect of working with our friends at Indiana University Northwest to provide a more convenient entry into higher education for residents in south Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Howard Cohen said. “We share the state of Indiana’s desire for colleges and universities to work together to increase access to higher education. Doing so produces wide-reaching benefits for our region.”
The Academic Learning Center, with accommodations for 1,500 students, will feature 20 classrooms, four computer laboratories, two student study areas and four small conference rooms. It is being constructed on Purdue Research Foundation-owned land adjacent to the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana—some two miles south of U.S. Highway 30, just east of Broadway Avenue, north of 101st Street.
Prospective enrollees can visit either university’s web site – www.iun.edu or register at www.onestart.iu.edu or www.calumet.purdue.edu/learning center – for a class schedule. Information also can be obtained by phoning IU Northwest at 219/980-6500 or 888/YOUR-IUN and/or Purdue Calumet at 219/989-2210 or 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2210.