Purdue University is expanding its higher education offerings, acquiring Kaplan University as a third level of its educational options for working adults and others unable to attend traditional campuses.
The new university will operate mostly online, using tuition and fundraising to cover its operational costs. It will not rely on state appropriations. All current Kaplan students, faculty and employees will transition to the new Purdue offering.
“Nearly 150 years ago, Purdue proudly accepted the land-grant mission to expand higher education beyond the wealthy and the elites of society,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said in an announcement. “We cannot honor our land-grant mission in the 21st century without reaching out to the 36 million working adults, 750,000 of them in our state, who started but did not complete a college degree, and to the 56 million Americans with no college credit at all."
Purdue currently offers higher education services at its flagship campus in West Lafayette and at its two regional campuses. The addition of Kaplan's 15 facilities across the nation and online operations will provide a another level of education that could serve millions of Americans. Indiana students will receive a resident discount on tuition, which has yet to be determined.
“Purdue and Kaplan share the ambition of enabling individuals of all backgrounds to benefit from a high-quality education,” Kaplan’s Chairman and CEO Andy Rosen said. “Purdue’s tradition of excellence makes it an ideal party to build upon the progress and innovation that Kaplan University has achieved over the past two decades. We’re proud to pass the baton to this esteemed university."