Q1: I am a recent Kaplan University graduate. Will I be a part of KU’s alumni network or will that be combined with Purdue’s? I’d love to keep in contact with fellow grads but also expand my network if the opportunity is available. (Updated 3/5/18)
Kaplan University and Purdue Global graduates will be invited to join Purdue's Alumni Association, which will provide our graduates with more opportunities to expand their professional networks. Details on this are still to be finalized and more information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. To learn more about the Purdue Alumni Association, visit https://purdue.imodules.com/s/1461/alumni/start.aspx?gid=1001&pgid=61.
Q2: I want to order a new diploma with the Purdue Global name on it. Where do I go to do that?
A Kaplan University student who graduates after April 27, 2017, may receive diplomas and transcripts with the new university name after the transaction is approved and change of control happens with Purdue. When this option is available, students may request a new transcript using the existing Parchment transcript request process. The standard fees apply. A Web portal is being developed to process diploma requests, for a $30 fee per copy. Expedited options may be available and will incur additional costs.
Q3: I am a member of Kaplan University’s Facebook community. Will you be changing the name of this Facebook page to Purdue University Global or creating a new Facebook page?
The name of the Facebook page will change to Purdue University Global on April 2. If you already follow the page, there is nothing you need to do. You will continue following our page. If you don’t already follow the University’s Facebook page, feel free to follow now at facebook.com/kaplanuniversity.
Q4: I want to order some merchandise with the Purdue Global name on it. Where do I go to do that?
The Purdue University Global Student Store will be found on the new Purdue Global website, which is going live in early April.
Q5: I want to order some Kaplan University merchandise. Can I still do that?
Kaplan University merchandise will no longer be available when the transition to Purdue is fully completed in early April. However, KU merchandise can still be purchased for a limited time by going to http://studentstore.kaplanuniversity.edu/.
Q6: With the change in the University's name, will there be any foreseeable issues with my financial aid or military tuition assistance? Will my financial aid have to be redone?
Students will not need to reapply for financial aid and there will not be any disruption in processing. For military-affiliated students, active-duty servicemembers will continue to request tuition assistance approvals through their respective service component as they do today. During this transition, institutional and student service portals will be updated accordingly to reflect Purdue University Global. Timeline variances will exist. However, until all updates are reflected, students should continue to select "Kaplan University" when requesting tuition assistance approvals.
Students will receive guidance notifications once all applicable changes are completed. Notably, servicemembers would then select "Purdue University Global" versus "Kaplan University."
Student accounts are expected to remain as is with no lapse.
Q7: If I start my financial aid paperwork while these changes with Purdue are occurring, do I have to start all over again when we start to operate as PG?
No. Your FA paperwork does not have to be redone.
Q8: Will I be given a new email address and student ID? If so, when?
Students will receive a new email address reflecting the new name of the University, Purdue Global, on or before April 2. New student IDs will be issued sometime shortly after that.
Q9: What is the name of the new institution? (Updated 1/11/2018)
Purdue University Global will be the name once the transaction is approved and change of control transfers to Purdue.
Additional Questions for Q9:
1. Why was this name— Purdue University Global —chosen and what was the criteria for its selection?
The criteria were selecting a name that reflects Purdue’s mission, a name that is distinct from Purdue’s other campuses and a name that reflects the university’s affiliation with the Purdue University System. The name (and identity) needed to convey both the rigor and quality of the new institution while distinguishing itself from Purdue. Finally, the name needed to engage and connect with our stakeholders, especially prospective students and employers.
2. What other options were considered?
Many options and variations were considered. The process was not so much a vote as an analysis in which inputs—both quantitative and qualitative—were analyzed in relation to how they supported the key assets and attributes we want to promote and how those might resonate with the current and prospective students and their employers—all keeping in mind Purdue’s longstanding land-grant mission.
3. Why does the new name not include Kaplan?
The new name reflects that fact that Purdue University Global will be part of the Purdue University system and will no longer be owned or controlled by Kaplan, Inc. Nonetheless, it will continue Kaplan’s long legacy, shared by Purdue, of providing access to education for underserved students.
4. What are the implications on the name and logos for Concord Law School and Open College?
The naming convention for Concord Law School and Open College will be Concord Law School at Purdue University Global and Open College at Purdue University Global, which is consistent with how the names are currently presented under Kaplan University.
5. What was the process that led to Purdue University Global being selected?
The process was comprehensive, thoughtful and inclusive, using inputs from various constituencies that included faculty, staff, students of both Kaplan and Purdue and other stakeholders. These inputs were augmented by rounds of quantitative research and expert analysis conducted by an advertising and marketing agency that was charged with creating an identity that will appeal to current and prospective students and employers and help distinguish this university from others. This work, which took many months to complete, was reviewed, processed and weighed by President Mitch Daniels, the Board of Trustees and those who conducted the market research leading to the ultimate decision that was announced on January 11th.
6. Who selected Purdue University Global?
The recommendations put forward by our advertising agency after months of input from stakeholders and analysis of how certain names performed were presented to Purdue’s leadership who then presented the information to the Boards of Trustees. The final decision was made by the Purdue and Purdue University Global Boards of Trustees.
7. Will having the new name decided help with the approvals needed to close the acquisition?
It is yet another positive step forward in advance of the Higher Learning Commission meeting to consider and approve the transaction.
8. When will the new name take effect?
The name of the new university— Purdue University Global —will officially take effect once the change of control is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the transaction is officially completed, which we expect will happen in the second quarter of 2018.
Q10: What is the transaction and how will it work?
Kaplan University (KU) will be acquired by Purdue University Global Inc., an Indiana nonprofit public benefit corporation controlled and supervised by Purdue University, to create Purdue University Global, a new global public university. Purdue University Global will continue KU’s mission of providing outstanding career oriented higher education to adult learners. This is a revolutionary initiative that will allow Purdue University Global to grow as a public university under the control of a world-class institution while still utilizing Kaplan Higher Education’s (KHE) resources and expertise. In addition to acquiring KU, Purdue University Global and the Purdue University Global Board of Trustees will completely control and operate Purdue University Global. Purdue University Global will enter into a long-term support services agreement with the same Kaplan affiliate that has been providing “back-office” support functions to KU for some time, Kaplan Higher Education (KHE). Acquiring KU will allow Purdue the opportunity to extend its land-grant mission of providing high quality accessible education globally, especially to underserved adult learners. Today, KU serves 32,000 students, most of whom are working adults with some college seeking to further their careers. KU’s students are supported by caring and experienced faculty, academic staff, and administration. This will not change. KU’s commitment to student success has provided the unique ability to take this next step in expanding Purdue’s land-grant mission.
Purdue is convinced that procuring services from KHE puts Purdue University Global in the best position to succeed and serve the needs of students. The agreement will ensure a seamless transition for current KU students and will enable Purdue and Purdue University Global to benefit from KHE’s deep expertise in online education offerings. KHE will have no authority over Purdue University Global’s academic functions.
Supplementary information: With the acquisition of Kaplan University the Purdue learning ecosystem will expand from three to four components: 1) Purdue West Lafayette, 2) Purdue regional campuses, 3) units whose mission is to support Purdue, and 4) Purdue University Global. Relative to Purdue, Purdue University Global is a separately incorporated postsecondary State Educational Institution (SEI) that will operate as a public benefit corporation. While controlled by Purdue, Purdue University Global will have standalone HLC accreditation, with separate:
Additional questions for Q10:
1. Will Purdue University Global be treated as are the other Purdue "branches”? In other words, will it be a standalone operation with its own programs, courses, faculty, policies, et al.? If it will not stand alone, how will it be structurally integrated into Purdue-West Lafayette?
2. Will Purdue University Global faculty be considered Purdue faculty? Will they go through a Purdue tenure and promotion process?
3. Will Purdue University Global degrees be identified as Purdue degrees or will they be something else?
4. If the number of non-TT or long-term contracted faculty members is more than 10%, how will Purdue-Kaplan move to meet our 10% CL limit?
5. When will Purdue University Global be accredited by the North Central accrediting body?
6. Will Kaplan need to now go through ICHE to have its programs approved?
New questions related to Q2:
1. Will the Purdue University Global faculty be represented in the Senate?
2. Of the Purdue University Global current degree programs that are subject to specialized accreditation, which have received such accreditation, and what are the plans to ensure that all of those programs that should be accredited are actually accredited?
Q11: What will Purdue University Global consist of?
Purdue University Global will consist of the entirety of Kaplan University (excluding the professional training school known as KU-PACE). Initially that is the seven schools and colleges that now comprise Kaplan University which together offer more than 100 diplomas, certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as 14 campus and learning center locations. The current full-time and adjunct faculty and staff at KU — roughly 2,100 employees — will transfer to Purdue University Global. Curriculum, course material, tutorials, library content, student records, student advising, career services, and alumni clubs and organizations will all transition to Purdue University Global. Most significantly, all current KU students (approximately 32,000) at the time of the changeover will seamlessly transition to Purdue University Global upon completion of the transaction. They will receive their degrees from Purdue University Global, once the university is established.
Additional questions for Q11:
1. Kaplan currently awards many associates degrees, which have been strongly discouraged to the point of elimination in the Purdue system. What will be the fate of these programs?
2. All of Kaplan’s bachelor’s degrees require 180 credit hours. The bachelor’s degrees at IPFW and PWL are all 120 credit hours. Will Kaplan change their curriculum? Essentially their students will have to go to school longer to get the same degree they would get here.
3. Can we have a visit to share and discuss opportunities so we can better understand what they have and leverage resources?
4. What is the model of instruction? Do instructors each teach individual sections? Are sections aggregated into a larger class overseen by a faculty member with smaller sections (recitations, discussion sections, etc.) overseen by mentors/instructors who do not have terminal degrees and/or are on short-term contracts?
5. Who are the faculty and how are they hired and evaluated? What are the qualifications of Kaplan faculty?
6. Will the physical locations remain open or will the Kaplan locations close and become online only?
7. Is there a home-base for Kaplan outside of Indiana? Will that change?
Q12: What is the purpose of the acquisition?
The purpose is to expand educational opportunities to more students, especially those with limited access. As Indiana’s only land-grant university, Purdue takes very seriously its commitment to expanding access to higher education. This acquisition enables Purdue to serve a much broader, non-traditional population of adult learners who are balancing work and family responsibilities with their desire to further their education and acquire important skills for the workplace. Serving this population will require a set of online program offerings and technical capabilities that the Purdue system currently lacks. Were Purdue to attempt to develop such capabilities on its own, it would take many years and significant financial resources. Instead, President Daniels and the Purdue Board of Trustees opted to acquire the institutional and physical assets of KU, which has world-class online capabilities, student support systems and a student-focused culture that is consistent with Purdue’s.
Additional questions for Q12:
1. What is your vision for Purdue University's new online venture with Kaplan University over the next five years? How specifically are the pillars of the land-grant mission (education, teaching, research, and economic development) that are endemic to a state public university going to be harmonized and incorporated into the relationship with the private Kaplan University?
2. How will the effectiveness of the Kaplan-Purdue educational enterprise be assessed?
3. Is Purdue University Global the same rigor and quality of education as West Lafayette, or would it be viewed differently?
4. Will faculties on the West Lafayette campus be involved in quality oversight of the Kaplan program, or how else will quality be ensured?
5. New faculty have been wondering if they’ll have to teach courses at Purdue University Global. If we want to teach at Purdue University Global, is that part of our faculty teaching load? Would we need a separate contract with them?
Q13: What kinds of reputational risk does this expose the Purdue brand? What is the plan to mitigate these risks? What will be the effect of Purdue University Global on Purdue’s brand?
Prior to making the decision to acquire Kaplan University, Purdue gathered extensive data and looked closely at the academic, reputational and financial issues. According to surveys, 90 percent of Kaplan graduates were satisfied with their overall experience and 90 percent said the education received was relevant to their goals. Whatever negative impressions exist are certainly not shared by the majority of those who have experience with KU. The educational rigor and quality that students expect from Purdue’s West Lafayette and regional campuses will be unchanged as the result of this acquisition. It is our expectation that the public will have an even greater respect for the Purdue brand as we expand our land-grant mission to increase access to higher education. Purdue University Global will have its own distinct identity and mission, which is to serve non-traditional adult learners for whom attending a university campus is not a viable option. This is a role that goes to the core of what Purdue’s broader mission should be.
Q14: Beyond the Transition and Operations Support Agreement, will Kaplan provide services to Purdue University Global?
At Purdue’s request, KHE may provide services such as international student recruiting, test preparation, professional education or other programs subject to separate agreement on terms.
Q15: Will Purdue University Global require state tax dollars?
While financial aid will be available to students, the university will be self-sufficient and will not require state appropriations. Purdue is a state instrumentality, but it generates and manages financial resources other than state appropriations. State legislation makes clear that only these other non-public resources (called “eligible property” in the statute) may be used if Purdue is ever called upon to provide a financial backstop. However, Purdue University Global is expected to be self-sufficient and not require this kind of support from Purdue in the ordinary course. As an aside, the terms of the acquisition are highly favorable to Purdue, shielding the university from virtually all financial risk.
Q16: What is the time frame for finalizing this transfer of KU’s academic programs to a separate non-profit institution (Purdue University Global)?
Once all regulatory and accreditor approvals are received, the definitive agreement will become effective.
Additional questions for Q16:
1. How will the communication of the process take place? Is there a communication strategy?
Q17: What are the financial terms underlying this agreement?
The transaction will not require an upfront purchase price. Rather, as consideration for Kaplan University’s institutional assets, Purdue University Global will enter into a long-term transition and support agreement, with a buy-out option after year six. The agreement will also provide certain financial guarantees by KHE for Purdue University Global to ensure it is able to continue to meet its mission to serve adult learners.
Additional questions for Q17:
1. Kaplan is on the receiving end of significant litigation as part of its allegedly predatory behavior, will Purdue be taking on this litigation risk? Has an independent assessment of the legal and financial risks of producing a Purdue-Kaplan hybrid been conducted? If so, what were the results? If not, has the Purdue administration met its due diligence requirements? Is there a plan for ensuring the past predatory practices of Kaplan are not repeated?
2. Kaplan allegedly requires all students to sign an agreement which prohibits them from suing the institution (i.e., presumably the typical kind of agreement which requires that all disputes be submitted to arbitration). Is that correct, and, if so, have there been any arbitrated disputes?
Q18: Who will be on the board of Purdue University Global?
Purdue University Global's board of trustees will include five members from the Purdue University Board of Trustees and a sixth member who can be an independent, or outside, trustee who must have “significant prior experience in higher education.” All Purdue University Global trustees are elected by Purdue, as the sole member of Purdue University Global. Current board members are:
Q19: What does the acquisition mean for KU students?
The transition for students should be seamless. They will continue to enjoy the same classes, faculty and support services that they currently rely on. All present services offered to KU students will continue to be offered by Purdue University Global. Upon graduation, they will receive a degree from Purdue University Global.
Additional questions for Q19:
1. Can a Purdue University Global student earn an associate’s degree at Purdue University Global and then matriculate into one of our Purdue West Lafayette programs?
Q20: Will there be program changes to Purdue University Global?
This is a change of control and not a change in the institution itself, and we do not have any plans to change the programmatic mix initially. Like any university, the programming mix will evolve over time as we evaluate which programs are best suited to meet the needs of our students and the communities we serve. We believe there are areas of expertise within Purdue that will be helpful as new programmatic areas are considered.
Additional questions for Q20:
1. What opportunities are there for required continuing education?
2. What opportunities are there to offer MOOCs to Purdue University Global students by offering course from Purdue University Global through MOOC platforms?
3. Online courses for professional development would be beneficial to Purdue staff (Tableau training, WebEx training, software).
4. What is the opportunity to use Kaplan resources to work with manufacturing employees or the workforce in general?
5. Could we use this to help meet company needs for professional development, training, and continuing education?
6. Could we use Purdue University Global to offer ongoing professional development opportunities for Purdue Alumni?
Q21: Although Purdue University Global will be an online university, will student applicants from the state of Indiana be given a preference in admissions or a discount in their tuition?
As an open-admissions university, there will be no need for a preferential admissions policy. Purdue University Global will determine its policy regarding in-state tuition discounts for students residing in Indiana.
1. Will current PU employees be allowed to take classes through Kaplan at the same reduced rate as is allowed at this time?
2. When will the faculty/staff free tuition take effect?
Q22: What is the relationship among online programs?
1. There are a number of distance based programs in various colleges that serve specific industries and topical areas. These programs by the nature of their funding streams provide a substantial amount of income directly to the various schools and colleges. What will happen to the current distance/hybrid/weekend programs now in existence out of the WL campus?
2. How does this affect current plans for digital education already in the Purdue pipeline?
3. How will decisions be made about duplicate or similar programs?
4. What role will Purdue WL’s Digital Education unit play in Purdue University Global?
5. What are the implications of this arrangement for existing agreements with external vendors such as Wiley?
6. Kaplan has a lot of expertise in online learning that should be useful to us in launching and running online programs. How will Kaplan staff integrate with our staff, or become Purdue staff, and can we leverage their expertise to advance our online programs?
7. How is testing administered for Kaplan’s online courses?
8. Can we use the resources they have (ex. instructional designers)?
9. How are we handling intellectual property? Who owns the intellectual property of Purdue University Global course materials?
Q23: What is the relationship among courses?
1. Instruction and academic consistency across Purdue campuses/units: Part of what makes Purdue University a “system” is a shared course catalog. What steps will be taken to align Kaplan courses with those that are in our catalog, and what do the trustees envision will be the effect on Kaplan programs in which courses are not approved as part of our catalog? As a "new Purdue campus,” will online courses taken with Kaplan eventually be aligned with WL courses, with the same course names and numbers?
2. Will courses previously taken at Kaplan and courses to be taken in the future at Purdue University Global be transferrable to any Purdue campus?
3. Will current WL on-campus students, or students in our online programs, have the option of taking online courses from Purdue University Global instead of taking our own WL-based (face-to-face and online) courses, thus leading to threats of lower course enrollments, cancelled classes, cut faculty lines, etc.?
4. Will Kaplan be going through the Course Transfer Library process for some its courses?
5. Since the Purdue University Global's main demographic consists of military members, will we start accepting military training credit?
6. What is Kaplan’s course evaluation process? How will they ensure quality? Should we centralize on course review efforts?
7. Is there a central teaching and learning center supporting the Kaplan system?
Q24: How will the acquisition affect students?
1. Will the introduction of a Purdue-Kaplan university in our system result in a decline in the number of students attending campus-based programs?
2. How might the Purdue University Global impact the effort to increase students taking summer courses?
3. Could this be an opportunity to connect with former students who have not been retained at Purdue WL to finish their degree?
4. Will Purdue University Global continue to be open access?
5. What kind of student services does Kaplan have in place now? Will certain resources (like the DRC or SI) be supporting Purdue University Global classes as well, or will they continue to support WL exclusively?
6. To what degree will Kaplan University students have access to Purdue WL library resources?
7. What LMS (learning management system) platforms does Purdue University Global use and how do those compare to what we have at Purdue?
Q25: What are the financial aspects of the transaction?
1. Will profits from Purdue University Global stay in Purdue University Global or will Purdue WL have access to it?
2. What is the “cash flow waterfall?”
3. What does the 12.5% fee cover?
4. Is Purdue liable for covering Purdue University Global's financial shortfalls?
5. Can you please explain to me the significance of this section of the corporate filing? Material Departures from NU Policy Guide or the Adverse Impact Fee?