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Purdue Faculty Senate seeks intercollegiate approval on Kaplan deal, Daniels remains unconcerned

The Purdue Senate has brought in other Big Ten schools in an effort to gain support in its opposition to the Kaplan deal.

Posted: Dec. 15, 2017 6:30 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Purdue Senate has brought in other Big Ten schools in an effort to gain support in its opposition to the Kaplan deal.

But the University continues to push for the acquisition.

Purdue Faculty Senate Chair Alberto Rodrguez told the board of trustees about the petition against the deal last Friday.

The Senate met with Big Ten Senate leaders and shared their opposition to the Kaplan deal.

Purdue's Senate has a written statement of support against the acquisition.

So far, university senate leaders from Michigan State, IU Bloomington and the University of Nebraska have signed it.

This left the board of trustees asking some questions.

"The board, I think, asked some pressing questions. 'What do we care what a couple of other faculty somewhere else think?' and then they asked him, 'Were we asked for advice about their latest decisions?' and 'Why should we care?' and he didn't have any good answers for that," said Daniels.

The University of Nebraska has also passed a resolution of support against the Purdue-Kaplan entity.

The Senate says it's waiting for other letters of support.

President Daniels says he respects the Senate's opinion, but it won't have an impact on the deal.

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