WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — On Friday the Purdue NewU Board of Trustees voted to approve a Statement of Ethical Principles and Pledge to Students.
The statement outlines conduct guidelines for NewU faculty, administrators, staff, and all other associates of the proposed new school.
Mike Berghoff, chair of both Purdue’s Board of Trustees and the NewU Board of Trustees, cited Kaplan University’s compliance record as a factor in deciding on Purdue's acquisition.
“KU’s existing protocols are exemplary and were verified by the Higher Learning Commission in 2016,” Berghoff said. “As we move forward to launch NewU, and as part of our overall commitment to the highest standards of quality and integrity, we want to affirm and establish strong and clear codes of conduct for NewU’s administration, faculty and staff as well as our service partners and associates.”
Purdue President Mitch Daniels says today's approval is just another step in the right direction.
"Nothing new about it at Purdue. Nothing new about it at Kaplan, but it seemed like a good step as we get ready to launch this exciting new venture," said Daniels. "I thought it would be a good idea to have a written, visible, explicit commitment to these very high standards to protect students and ensure quality."
The statement approved by the Board commits NewU to:
• Responsible, transparent and accurate marketing.
• No incentive compensation for applications, enrollments or other related counts.
• Admissions based on published requirements.
• Clear and accurate information on program cost.
• Access to financial counseling.
• Regular publication of performance metrics.
• Transfer credit and licensure disclosures.
• Qualified faculty who are evaluated and participate in professional development at least annually.
• Adequate student support including 24/7 desk help.
• Comprehensive career services and employment preparation.
Trustees also approved a code that includes a student bill of rights as well as a code of conduct.
Purdue NewU will also continue to support the “Kaplan Commitment” which allows students to opt out any time during a three-week introductory period without losing their tuition investment.
In August, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Academic approved 129 academic programs currently offered by Kaplan. These have also have been approved by the NewU board.
The programs include certificate, associate, bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate certificate, master’s, post-master’s certificate and doctoral programs.
The NewU Board of Trustees is made up of five Purdue University trustees and one at-large representative.
Board members are:
• Mike Berghoff, chair, Purdue Board of Trustees
• Paul Bott, professor emeritus, California State University, Long Beach, and vice chair, Kaplan University Board of Trustees
• JoAnn Brouillette, Purdue Board of Trustees
• Malcolm DeKryger, Purdue Board of Trustees
• Mike Klipsch, Purdue Board of Trustees
• Don Thompson, Purdue Board of Trustees
NewU has been approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Purdue is currently waiting on approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This decision is expected to come in February.
Both Purdue and Kaplan universities are currently accredited by the HLC.