WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Global is set to launch after receiving final approval from the Higher Learning Commission. Monday’s HLC approval was the last step in the regulatory process for the new university.
“We are grateful for the Higher Learning Commission’s decision to approve Purdue University’s conversion of Kaplan University to Indiana’s newest public institution of higher education, Purdue Global,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “It opens a new era for our institution, with the opportunity to expand our land-grant mission to millions of adult students around the country. That opportunity brings with it the responsibility to provide the highest quality online education, not only to our new adult learners, but to all residential and online Boilermaker students.”
“Starting today, Purdue University hopes to take a leading role in online learning nationally,” says Purdue President Mitch Daniels.The acquisition was approved Monday by the Higher Learning Commission, the last step in the regulatory process for the new education effort that was first announced in April 2017.
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Some faculty members at Purdue University are hoping to persuade the Higher Learning Commission to vote no on the Kaplan Deal. This comes after some say the administration excluded them in major decisions surrounding the deal now known as Purdue Global.
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Purdue Global will have its main campus in Indianapolis and is expected to launch officially in April. Betty Vandenbosch, currently president of Kaplan University (KU), will be the Purdue Global chancellor and will report to Daniels and the new institution’s six-member board of trustees, composed of five Purdue University trustees and one external trustee.
“We appreciate the Higher Learning Commission’s fast and unequivocal ‘yes,’” Vandenbosch said. “This gives us a chance to move forward promptly with a successful start. We are excited to become part of the Purdue University system and offer working adults a supportive and practical education tailored specifically to them.”
The school said Purdue University Global received a notice of approval Monday from the Higher Learning Commission, a regional university accrediting body.
Approximately 30,000 students enrolled at Kaplan University will seamlessly transition to Purdue Global. These students will be able to complete their programs of study with their current instructors without interruption, but will earn a degree bearing the new institution’s name.
Purdue announced its decision last year to acquire Kaplan University from Kaplan Inc. In mid-June, trustees of the new university approved plans to offer a tuition discount of approximately 45 percent for Indiana resident students and free tuition for degree-seeking Purdue employees. In December, the board voted to approve a Statement of Ethical Principles and Pledge to Students, a code by which all Purdue Global faculty, administrators, staff and support team members, as well as service partners, vendors, collaborators and other associates will be required to conduct themselves.
The Higher Learning Commission, the schools accreditor, gave its sign-off to the public universitys plans to form the new Purdue University Global by acquiring online for-profit Kaplan University, according to a news release from Purdue, which is based in Indiana. The arrangement had previously been approved by state and federal education officials.
The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees has given the green light for the realignment of IPFW, the final hurdle for the July 1, 2018 split of the university into two separate entities.
“The dedicated people across our campus, as well as our colleagues from the Indiana University and Purdue University systems, have worked diligently to ensure a solid foundation for the future of both institutions in Fort Wayne,” said IPFW Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer in a release. “The continued collaboration between Indiana University Fort Wayne and Purdue University Fort Wayne is critical to the future success of both institutions. As we transition to being separate and independent — yet equally committed — partners, I encourage everyone to remember our number one priority — our students.”
The approval by the HLC Board allows Purdue University Fort Wayne to officially begin marketing and branding itself as a new entity.
Indiana University Fort Wayne has already begun marketing itself in the area with billboards as well as marketing its web site, IUFW.edu.