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

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

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

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:

  • Diplomas
  • Curricula
  • Faculty
  • Academic and administrative leadership
  • Institutional policies and procedures

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?

  • Much like the Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University Global is a separate corporate entity, whose mission is closely tied to Purdue. Yet it has its own board of trustees and separate governance. Its status as a separately incorporated legal entity makes it distinct from Purdue’s regional campuses (Purdue University Northwest and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). Like the regional campuses, it will be accredited on a standalone basis.

2. Will Purdue University Global faculty be considered Purdue faculty? Will they go through a Purdue tenure and promotion process?

  • Purdue University Global faculty are not Purdue faculty, but rather they are Purdue University Global faculty. The Purdue University Global faculty are not tenured. Purdue University Global has its own governance manual and faculty handbook, which will carry over from Kaplan to Purdue University Global.

3. Will Purdue University Global degrees be identified as Purdue degrees or will they be something else?

  • The name of the Purdue University Global degree will be identified by the name selected for the institution.

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?

  • Since Purdue University Global operates as a standalone university, it is not part of the Purdue system and these policies do not apply.

5. When will Purdue University Global be accredited by the North Central accrediting body?

  • The North Central accrediting body, now referred to as the Higher Learning Commission, reaffirmed Kaplan University’s accreditation for 10 years in December 2016. Purdue has filed for a change of control of Kaplan University with the HLC. Again, Purdue University Global would have its own separate HLC accreditation, as do the various Purdue campuses.

6. Will Kaplan need to now go through ICHE to have its programs approved?

  • Purdue has submitted an application with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to have Purdue University Global recognized as an Indiana-based public institution of higher education and it was unanimously approved on August 10, 2017.

New questions related to Q2:
1. Will the Purdue University Global faculty be represented in the Senate?

  • That has yet to be determined, and is an issue for University Senate determination. Kaplan University currently has its own senate. Additional details on the Kaplan senate will be provided in an upcoming communication.

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?

  • All Kaplan University programs that need accreditation have it. Meaning, where programmatic accreditation is necessary for the specific student outcomes, it has been obtained. Determinations on additional accreditations will be made going forward. Additional information is available in the Kaplan University catalog.

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?

  • Eighteen Kaplan programs are stackable degrees, meaning that students can move from AS to BS and perhaps MS degrees. In part, this recognizes that many of the non-completers returning to college in their mid-30s are not confident in their ability to finish college. Over 40 percent of the AS degree completers move on to a BS degree, with an additional 28 percent of the BS degree completers moving into an MS degree.

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.

  • Kaplan University operates on quarters rather semesters; 180 quarter hours are equivalent to 120 semester hours.

3. Can we have a visit to share and discuss opportunities so we can better understand what they have and leverage resources?

  • This was a great idea. University to University webinars were held and have been archived here, and visits of Kaplan and Purdue faculty and staff will begin in July.

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?

  • Kaplan courses are overseen by a “course lead” who is a full-time Kaplan faculty member. The course lead teaches the course and also is responsible for ensuring its quality and currency. Quarterly meetings are held with all faculty who teach a course to ensure that all feedback is incorporated into improvements.
  • The courses are taught to a typical section of 32 students. The instructor has full responsibility for all aspects of teaching, including grading. Each instructor assigned to a course is fully credentialed to teach that course and is responsible for all academic interactions with his or her students, including discussions, seminars, grades, and email, text and telephone support. Sections are not aggregated. KU employs no graders or teaching assistants.

5. Who are the faculty and how are they hired and evaluated? What are the qualifications of Kaplan faculty?

  • Kaplan instructors adhere to the HLC requirement for faculty qualifications (instructors must possess an academic degree relevant to what they are teaching and at least one level above the level at which they teach, except in programs for terminal degrees or when equivalent experience is established.). More details are in the Kaplan Faculty Handbook.

6. Will the physical locations remain open or will the Kaplan locations close and become online only?

  • KU’s current campus locations originally provided a range of ground course offerings, but in the past decade have evolved to serve two primary purposes. First, they provide locations for required clinical coursework in specific disciplines such as nursing, medical assisting and dental assisting. Second, the sites serve as on-ground support centers for local online students to receive assistance with financial aid, academic advising, career services and tutoring. In the near term, this will not change.

7. Is there a home-base for Kaplan outside of Indiana? Will that change?

  • The home campus for Kaplan University is currently in Iowa. That will change for Purdue University Global. The new home campus will be the current Kaplan University campus at 9000 Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis.

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?

  • Given the well-documented need for education beyond high school, we believe Purdue University Global can contribute to Indiana’s goal of increasing higher education attainment to 60 percent of its population. As such, Purdue University Global will fill a niche in the Purdue system that is geared toward making education more broadly accessible, which also has direct economic implications for our state. It’s also important to note that once the acquisition is finalized, Kaplan University (Purdue University Global) will no longer be a private institution.

2. How will the effectiveness of the Kaplan-Purdue educational enterprise be assessed?

  • Purdue University Global expands Purdue’s land-grant mission to serve adult learners, using a proven infrastructure to offer online programs at scale. As the Purdue community becomes familiar with the individuals and academic programs we will acquire from Kaplan, the Purdue family will discover the commitment and success that Kaplan has educating high risk students. KU has a strong assessment culture that measures learning outcomes through competency based programs, critical-thinking assessments, alumni surveys and income growth measurements. As with other Purdue campuses, enrollment numbers and student success are a critical measure of success.

3. Is Purdue University Global the same rigor and quality of education as West Lafayette, or would it be viewed differently?

  • Purdue University Global is accredited by the same entity and according to the same standards. As an open enrollment program serving a distinct student population, it is difficult to compare Purdue University Global to the West Lafayette or regional campuses.

4. Will faculties on the West Lafayette campus be involved in quality oversight of the Kaplan program, or how else will quality be ensured?

  • Kaplan University has a history and culture of program review to ensure its academic programs are of excellent quality and in high demand to prepare adult learners for careers. Its curriculum is designed around learning outcomes that consider course outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies.
  • As an independent university, Purdue faculty will not have oversight of the Purdue University Global curriculum. 

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?

  • As a separate institution, Purdue University Global has a separate faculty. There is no expectation that Purdue faculty will teach in Purdue University Global or vice versa. Yet should collaborative opportunities arise, ways will be developed to leverage expertise.

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?

  • Regular communications will be found in Purdue Today that highlight various aspects of the launching of Purdue University Global. In addition, this site will serve as a “living document” to address questions.

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?

  • It is absolutely incorrect to state that “Kaplan is on the receiving end of significant litigation as part of its allegedly predatory behavior.” Kaplan University has had no student lawsuits in nearly a decade, nor does it currently have any student arbitration proceedings. Kaplan is not the subject of any of the ongoing government investigations or lawsuits against for-profit school you may have read about. Occasional media and critics confuse past actions against Kaplan College and Kaplan Career Institute with Kaplan University. Kaplan College and Kaplan Career Institute were two different entities, with different accreditors, faculty, students and purposes. Neither has been a part of Kaplan University for years. Regardless, Kaplan overall has been repeatedly praised for taking significant compliance efforts to address any concerns.
  • KU is an open-admission university. Kaplan University goes to great lengths to ensure all potential students receive accurate and complete information about its programs, costs and academic obligations prior to enrollment. KU ensures that its admissions teams act in the student’s best interests through significant and industry-leading oversight and compliance efforts. Some examples of such measures include: 1) a ban on admission advisor commissions, bonuses, or any other incentives for recruiters, 2) recording and monitoring of recruiting phone calls and interactions to ensure best practices are being followed, and 3) the Kaplan Commitment.
  • The Kaplan Commitment is a program that allows students to take real classes before determining if they will enroll. A student can cancel their program within 3 weeks of starting with no financial obligation. This has been recommended as a best practice by the US Department of Education.
  • Even if Kaplan had significant legal trouble, which it doesn’t, Purdue is protected from preclosing litigation and liabilities.

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?

  • Kaplan allows students to arbitrate student issues, like multiple other institutions and organizations. KU feels that arbitration allows for a far more efficient dispute-resolution process for students and the school and leads to a result more quickly than litigation in a court. Kaplan also goes to great lengths to resolve student concerns prior to arbitration – and, as a result, unlike most institutions, KU has no pending student lawsuits or arbitrations.

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:

  • Mike Berghoff, chair, Purdue Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Paul Bott, vice chair, Kaplan University Board of Trustees; professor emeritus, California State University, Long Beach
  • JoAnn Brouillette, Purdue Board of Trustees
  • Malcolm DeKryger, Purdue Board of Trustees
  • Mike Klipsch, Purdue Board of Trustees
  • Don Thompson, Purdue Board of Trustees

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?

  • There is no current plan for matriculation from a Purdue University Global AS to Purdue BS degree. There is nothing to promote or prevent this.

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?

  • For the above 6 questions: Initially, the plan is to only seek a change of control, with Kaplan University programs moving intact to Purdue University Global under Purdue control. This set of questions reflects widespread interest in pursuing opportunities to work using Kaplan’s expertise to expand Purdue for Life, including continuing education, and professional development for Purdue employees as well those in industry. 

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.

  • An Indiana resident student pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree will pay the equivalent of $220 per quarter credit hour (including technology fees), a discount of approximately 45 percent. For students completing a degree from start to finish with no previous credits, the overall savings would be significant. The total cost to graduation for an associate degree would drop from $36,090 to $19,800, and the total cost to a bachelor’s degree would be $39,600, down from $80,088. Purdue University Global tuition also includes textbook costs.
  • Indiana residents taking master’s degree courses will receive a 10 percent discount.

1. Will current PU employees be allowed to take classes through Kaplan at the same reduced rate as is allowed at this time?

  • Purdue employees will be able to take degree and non-degree programs tuition-free, and a spouse, child or immediate family member (sons/daughters-in-law, grandchildren and stepgrandchildren) will receive a 50 percent tuition discount. The employee rate is contingent upon maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The employee tuition policy will take effect when Purdue University Global becomes operational.
  • The rate applies to employees at the West Lafayette and all regional campuses, as well as other benefits-eligible Purdue employees such as those living around the state and working for Purdue Extension.

2. When will the faculty/staff free tuition take effect?

  • The faculty/staff tuition policy will take effect when Purdue University Global becomes operational (upon the close of the acquisition).

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?

  • These five questions ask how the acquisition of Kaplan University affects our current online programs. Initially, existing online programs at various campuses are unaffected. As with all aspects, conversations will occur to determine if it is possible to identify synergies.
  • With respect to programs, a question to be resolved is how to consider similar programs. In some instances, we already have similar programs across our campuses. The question will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine whether this makes sense for particular online programs.

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)?

  • All three of these questions point to how Purdue can benefit from the acquisition of Kaplan University. Several potential benefits given Kaplan’s vast experience in providing online education have been identified, and conversations about how to potential leverage those strengths will begin in the next year.

9. How are we handling intellectual property? Who owns the intellectual property of Purdue University Global course materials?

  • The Purdue Intellectual Property (IP) policy (I.A.1) generally grants the IP to Purdue except in 6 specific cases. With respect to instructional materials, the author retains the copyright, although Purdue retains the right to a perpetual nonexclusive royalty-free license.
  • Kaplan University’s IP policy is part of the faculty handbook, with Kaplan retaining the copyright, while the Kaplan faculty member has usage rights.

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?

  • Given the organizational structure, Purdue University Global courses are not part of the ‘shared course catalog.’ Descriptions of Purdue University Global courses are found in the Kaplan University catalog.

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?

  • A course from Purdue University Global will be evaluated as transfer credit by a Purdue campus, using the current evaluation process.

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.?

  • A student would have an option to take a course online from Kaplan University, just as they currently can choose to take courses online or from other institutions, like Ivy Tech. Work is underway with the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness (OIRAE) to evaluate the frequency and success of students bringing credit from Ivy Tech to Purdue. A similar approach can be used with other institutions.

4. Will Kaplan be going through the Course Transfer Library process for some its courses?

  • Kaplan University has a General Education requirement that seems to map to the Indiana statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC). Many courses meeting these requirements are also part of the Core Transfer Library.

5. Since the Purdue University Global's main demographic consists of military members, will we start accepting military training credit?

  •  Purdue already has a process to evaluate military credit by submitting a copy of form DD214.

6. What is Kaplan’s course evaluation process? How will they ensure quality? Should we centralize on course review efforts?

  • Kaplan University’s online mode of delivery allows it to regularly collect and analyze data at scale. Faculty and course quality are measured on the basis of student performance, including course level assessment, GPA, progression and student satisfaction. Faculty are evaluated on their performance, including the time spent engaging students.

7. Is there a central teaching and learning center supporting the Kaplan system?

  • The Kaplan Center for Teaching and Learning supports faculty in a fashion akin to Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence.

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?

  • The target audience of prospective students for Purdue University Global are adult learners returning to complete college. The current age profile of Purdue University Global vis-à-vis Purdue campuses is quite distinct. The intention is for Purdue University Global to continue its focus on adult learners, expanding the reach of Purdue’s land-grant mission.

2. How might the Purdue University Global impact the effort to increase students taking summer courses?

  • Purdue West Lafayette has already built a stable of online courses to serve our students – the addition of Purdue University Global will likely have little, if any, effect in the near term.

3. Could this be an opportunity to connect with former students who have not been retained at Purdue WL to finish their degree?

  • Many ideas have been suggested on how Kaplan University might integrate with Purdue. At this point, each institution will focus on its current mission. Opportunities for collaboration will be explored. This could be one example of an important opportunity to pursue.

4. Will Purdue University Global continue to be open access?

  • The mission of Purdue University Global is to serve adult learners, it does not change as it becomes part of Purdue. Its admission standards will not change.

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?

  • Many of the student services on Purdue’s campus are also available at Kaplan University, including a placement center, a disability resource office, etc. There may be opportunities to learn from one another, but there is no intention to combine services as each serves distinct types of students. Purdue can learn from Kaplan University how to provide more of these services using mobile devices.

6. To what degree will Kaplan University students have access to Purdue WL library resources?

  • As a separate campus, the Purdue University Global students will not have access to Purdue WL library resources. Their students have access to 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?

  • Kaplan University recently migrated its LMS to Desire to Learn, a competitor to Blackboard. The Purdue contract for Blackboard is near its end, and West Lafayette will be evaluating different systems at that time. Moreover, Blackboard will soon undergo a major upgrade meaning the LMS we’re familiar with will be changing.

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?

  • Since it is a nonprofit entity, any excess Purdue University Global revenues will be used exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, which of course include its own mission but may also relate to being part of the Purdue system and an extension of its land-grant mission. Accordingly, it is contemplated that excess Purdue University Global revenues may be paid to Purdue WL under certain circumstances, such as through charitable contributions to advance Purdue programs or as a royalty for use of the Purdue name. The Purdue University Global board (which is controlled by Purdue trustees) will, of course, have ongoing oversight of Purdue University Global's financial position and will from time to time evaluate Purdue University Global's ability to make such contributions to Purdue in recognition of their shared land-grant mission. Any such contributions would be subject to Purdue University Global board approval and formal arrangements established between Purdue and Purdue University Global.

2. What is the “cash flow waterfall?”

  • The cash waterfall describes the payment structure under the support agreement with Kaplan. It is written in a way to be financially beneficial to Purdue University Global and Purdue and protect Purdue University Global and Purdue, including providing a guaranteed $10 million payment to Purdue in each of the first five years. The payments are as follows:
  • Kaplan is not entitled to receive any reimbursement of costs incurred in providing support functions, or any fee, unless and until Purdue University Global has first covered all of its operating costs.
  • During each of Purdue University Global's first five years, prior to any payment to Kaplan, Purdue University Global is entitled to a priority payment of $10 million per year beyond costs, which will be paid out of Purdue University Global's revenue. To the extent Purdue University Global revenue is insufficient to pay the $10 million per year priority payment, Kaplan is required to advance an amount to Purdue University Global to cover such insufficiency.
  • If Purdue University Global achieves cost savings in its budgeted operating costs, then Purdue University Global may be entitled to a payment equal to 20 percent of such savings (the “Efficiency Payment”).
  • Only after payment to Purdue University Global of the Efficiency Payment, the $10 million priority payment and reimbursement of Purdue University Global’s direct expenses, Kaplan will then receive reimbursement for Kaplan’s costs of providing the support activities and a fee equal to 12.5 percent of Purdue University Global’s revenue.
  • Kaplan’s payment is subordinate to the payments to Purdue University Global’s and are only paid if there is revenue left after the payments to Purdue University Global.
  • Purdue University Global is entitled to all additional revenue after the Kaplan payments.

3. What does the 12.5% fee cover?

  • The fee is paid to KHE for the services provided under the support agreement and contribution of the assets of the University. It is only paid after Purdue University Global gets its payments described above and is subject to available revenue. The TOSA has a 30-year initial term, which will automatically renew for five-year periods.

4. Is Purdue liable for covering Purdue University Global's financial shortfalls?

  • Given the priority payment and the fact that Purdue University Global's expenses are covered first and is in full control of its budget it is very unlikely that there would be any such shortfall for which Purdue University Global would be liable. However, even if there are such losses, state law mandates that any losses could not be covered by state appropriation of other public money. Purdue would pay losses from sources other than taxpayer funds or other public monies. Additionally, either party may terminate the agreement if Purdue University Global generates $25 million is losses overall for three consecutive years (again losses that likely would be covered by Kaplan given the payment waterfall).

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?

  • The Purdue University Global Board of Trustees will be responsible for the control, conduct and management of the institution and have complete and ultimate authority over its operations, including its policies. It may make any policy change at any time it sees fit.
  • Kaplan’s 12.5% fee is based on certain assumptions about Purdue University Global's revenues. Kaplan may, in limited circumstances, be compensated for a lost portion of its fee if it is a result of certain policy changes by the Purdue University Global Board of Trustees that negatively impact revenue. However, the fee structure always guarantees that Purdue gets paid before any compensation to Kaplan.
  • The likelihood of adverse impact fee payment is mitigated by:
  • A requirement of a formal evaluation process (including by a third-party financial expert if necessary) to determine adverse impact, if any, 
  • Lost revenue must equal $5 million or more,
  • No finding of adverse impact unless cumulative total exceeds certain thresholds
  • Again, bear in mind that this fee is deeply subordinated in Purdue University Global's financial structure (i.e. it is paid only after Purdue University Global receives its own compensation and recovers expenses) and Purdue University Global is in complete control of its budget. This structure is very protective of Purdue and Purdue University Global and will not hinder the Board of Trustees from taking whatever actions it believes are necessary, appropriate, and in the best interest of Purdue University Global, its faculty and its students.