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Purdue plans for quasipublic online school draw criticism

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University’s plans for a new online school are drawing criticism from some faculty members.

The proposed 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.



Posted 9/14/2017




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