Purdue Gets Final Approval to Buy For-Profit Kaplan

Purdue University’s accrediting agency has approved its acquisition of the for-profit institution Kaplan University, allowing plans to move forward for the launch of the controversial Purdue Global in April.

The Higher Learning Commision notified Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue, of its decision on Monday, according to Purdue. Purdue University and Kaplan University will combine to form “Indiana’s newest public institution of higher education,” Daniels said in the university’s statement.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Purdue-Gets-Final-Approval-to/242747