February 14, 1969.
On this day, an accreditation team from the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools visited the 38th Street Campus of IUPUI to meet with faculty, staff, and students. The event had been scheduled for over a year. The team's purpose was to assess the quality of education provided by the Purdue University-Indiananpolis Extension campus. The visit came just weeks after the public announcement of the extension campus's merger with Indiana University-Indianapolis to form IUPUI. Previous accreditation of Purdue's Indianapolis programs had come through the West Lafayette campus. The new autonomy established by the merger would require separate accreditation.
The visitation-team members came from the University of Illinois, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the University of Iowa, and Antioch College. Dr. Jack M. Ryder, just weeks before the dean of the of Purdue's Indianapolis extension but now vice chancellor of IUPUI, stated, "Accreditation will bring an independent authority to those programs taught by Purdue in the new combined campus which will further enhance our service to the people of central Indiana."
Due to the recent merger, provisional accreditation for IUPUI was granted for three years. In 1972, IUPUI underwent the full ten-year accreditation examination.
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