Ind. (AP) - Purdue University has launched its rebranded version of
online-based Kaplan University after criticism over the program's quality.
website launched Monday. Purdue officially acquired the for-profit Kaplan
last month to expand its online education offerings.
After the deal was
announced last year, Purdue faculty worried that integrating Kaplan into the
university could lower the value of a traditional Purdue degree and the
remain certain the online program will positively impact the university's
"The work we've
been doing at Kaplan University can now move over to Purdue University
Global and be strengthened by the things that Purdue brings," said Betty
Vandenbosch, chancellor for Purdue Global.
university can reach nontraditional students who can't come to a physical
campus, said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.
The program will
focus on educating adults older than 24, Vandenbosch said.
Purdue Global is
based in Indianapolis but has 15 campuses, with about 30,000 students and
more than 2,000 faculty members.
only have to pay $220 per credit hour for Purdue Global courses, a 45
percent discount. The university is offering its employees free tuition for
the online program.
Maile Quinton is
one of the 400 Purdue employees taking advantage of the deal. She said
there's been a "ripple of excitement" about the program beginning.
"I knew I couldn't
be in a class and work at the same time - at least not in a way where I
could do either very well," Quinton said. "Purdue Global just came along at
the right time for me."