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Opposition to Acquisition of Kaplan U. by Purdue U.

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Opened on October 20, 2017
 

To the Higher Learning Commission,

   We, the undersigned faculty of Purdue University, express our opposition to the acquisition of Kaplan University by Purdue University for the following reasons:

  1. In this transaction, Purdue University is not creating new access to higher education but merely becoming the owner of a preexisting corporation, with some danger to Purdue's current reputation and operation.
  2. The faculty at Kaplan University do not appear to be actively involved in setting academic requirements, policy and processes in violation of Higher Learning Commission Criterion 5.B.3.
  3. The faculty at Kaplan University are not involved in oversight of the curriculum (courses appear to be evaluated solely on the basis of profitability) or in the establishment of academic credentials for instructional staff (faculty are not involved in hiring of their fellow faculty members) in violation of Higher Learning Commission Criterion 3.C.1.
  4. We strongly object to the Purdue University name being used as part of the new corporate entity.
  5. The faculty at Kaplan University lack academic freedom.
  6. Many members of the faculty do not have the credentials that would be expected for faculty members at any of the Purdue University campuses.
  7. In order to receive severance pay, Kaplan University faculty must agree not to discuss their experience at Kaplan University.
  8. The standards at Kaplan University are not consistent with the emphasis on academic integrity and academic rigor that Purdue University maintains.
  9. The business model of Kaplan University rests upon adult learners and is completely dependent on the federal loans that most are required to take to fund their educations.

For reference:

https://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/kaplan-university-academic-report.pdf

https://hlcommission.org/Policies/criteria-and-core-components.html

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