Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Purdue Faculty Questions Kaplan Deal - Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

Faculty members at Purdue University took a strong stance Thursday against last week's unorthodox acquisition of Kaplan University, passing a University Senate resolution calling the deal a violation of common-sense educational practice and respect for Purdue faculty. The resolution calls on Purdue President Mitch Daniels and the university’s Board of Trustees to rescind any decisions possible about the online-heavy university Purdue is acquiring from Kaplan. It also calls on Purdue leaders to include faculty members in all decisions made going forward about the soon-to-be-acquired university. That wording could catch the attention of Purdue’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission. HLC has to sign off on the acquisition before it can close, as do state and federal regulators. Accreditors generally expect a prominent faculty role in academic-related decisions. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/05/purdue-faculty-votes-against-kaplan-process

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