Ind. (AP) - Purdue University’s plans for a new online school are drawing
criticism from some faculty members.
school, called NewU, would emerge from Purdue’s purchase of for-profit
Kaplan University, which was announced five months ago.
Some Purdue faculty
members who question those plans say they’re worried about the reputation of
Kaplan University and parent company, Kaplan Higher Education. Both entities
face investigations and lawsuits in multiple states targeting their hiring
and recruitment practices.
“We need to
continue having some of those conversations, but there are just too many
questions that remain unanswered and some of us are very skeptical because
of the fact this is such an odd entity,” said Alberto Rodriguez, chairman of
the University Senate.
NewU wouldn’t be a
public institution. Instead, it would operate as a public benefit
corporation that’s exempt from state open-door laws, access to public
records laws and accounting for public funds laws.