On April 27, 2017, Purdue University announced its planned acquisition of Kaplan University to open the doors to higher education for individuals who don't have the opportunity to attend a more traditional brick-and-mortar campus.
On January 11, 2018, a milestone was achieved when the Purdue University Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees of Purdue NewU approved a name for the new university — Purdue University Global (Purdue Global). The name was selected after extensive qualitative and quantitative research, which included input from faculty, staff, students and alumni of both institutions, as well as employers and other stakeholders.
On March 5, 2018, Purdue announced that it received approval from The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) — the regional accreditor for Purdue and Purdue Global—on the change of control application it submitted as part of its plan to acquire Kaplan University. HLC approval completes a three-part process and follows earlier approvals in 2017 from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.
Purdue Global is expected to officially launch publicly with the new brand identity in April.
Once the acquisition is complete, Purdue Global will operate as a part of the Purdue University system, operating almost exclusively online, and with the same care and commitment to student success as all the campuses in the system. The Purdue University system currently serves students on two levels: through its flagship campus in West Lafayette, its two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as close to 6,000 science, engineering, and technology students on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. In addition, Purdue students can earn degrees at nine technology centers located in communities across the state that are part of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Each of our campuses has distinct purposes and serves a range of students, but we are all united by our belief that high-quality higher education should be accessible for all.
Kaplan University traces its roots to the American Institute of Commerce (AIC), which opened its doors in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa, to provide training for underserved job seekers. Acquired by Kaplan, Inc., in 2001 and renamed Kaplan University in 2004, that mission continues to this day. Kaplan University has built a strong reputation in the last two decades for helping adult learners and students in the military earn their college degrees. In acquiring the primarily online university, Purdue expects to expand on that mission and make higher education more affordable and accessible to more please from Indiana and beyond.*
*The acquisition is scheduled to be complete in early 2018.