Online Learning Update

June 16, 2017

Fine Print and Tough Questions for the Purdue-Kaplan Deal

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

The Higher Learning Commission faces  a challenging task as it kicks the tires of the new institution. Faculty members at Purdue have raised a broad range of concerns about the deal, including complaints about shared governance for the new university and not being notified about the negotiations with Kaplan until an hour before the news went public. “Any way you look at it, this is going to trigger a very careful review,” said Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Russ Poulin agreed. As the director of policy and analysis for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Poulin said the HLC review will be where critics of the deal make their stand. “They’re going to be under tremendous pressure from both sides on this.

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