No longer classes in Merrillville

Purdue Calumet will not offer classes
in south Lake County next fall

Due to decreasing enrollment at Purdue University Calumet’s off-site Academic Learning Center, the university has announced it will not offer classes next fall at its south Lake County facility.

Decreasing enrollment

“Since fall of 2008, our enrollment at the ALC has declined from 1,406 students to 476 last fall, and the vast majority of our recent enrollees typically have taken no more than one class,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “We can save $280,000 in annual operating costs by not offering classes.”

Keon indicated the university is considering its options regarding future use of the 48,000 square feet, two-story structure, located two miles south of Highway U.S. 30 east of Broadway Avenue at 9900 Connecticut Drive.

Opened Fall 2005

The ALC opened to students in fall 2005 as a feeder facility to Purdue Calumet’s Hammond campus. By offering primarily freshman and sophomore level classes at the ALC, university officials envisioned some 1,500 to 2,000 students from in and around the growing south Lake County area jumpstarting their college education there, then continuing at the Hammond campus to complete baccalaureate degree study.

In subsequent years, however, the Ivy Tech State community college system emerged, also catering to freshman and sophomore level students, as did for-profit educational institutions and the current economic slowdown.

Indiana University Northwest, which has leased classroom space at the ALC, also will discontinue offerings at the ALC next fall.