Ind. (AP) - More than 300 Purdue University faculty members have signed a
petition opposing the school’s planned acquisition of for-profit Kaplan
professor David Sanders sent the petition with 319 signatures this week to
the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits colleges and universities in
19 states, including Indiana.
Sanders tells the
Journal & Courier the chief concerns remain the lack of faculty involvement
in the process and how Purdue’s name and educational brand will be attached
to Kaplan University’s online product. Some professors warn that product it
isn’t up to West Lafayette campus’ standards.
Purdue’s plan to
acquire Kaplan to create what’s been called NewU was announced in April.
Mitch Daniels has said he hopes the online option will boost educational
access to those who didn’t finish college.