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Committee officially formed to gather answers on Kaplan deal

As Purdue University moves forward with plans for NewU, some of the faculty still have questions about the merger with Kaplan University. A Kaplan special committee is now aiming to clear things up.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017 9:02 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- As Purdue University moves forward with plans for NewU, some of the faculty still have questions about the merger with Kaplan University. A Kaplan special committee is now aiming to clear things up.

A big concern for some of the senate members is that they feel like they're in the dark when it comes to the NewUDeal. Purdue made the announcement to merge with the online college in April, after acquiring Kaplan University.

In October, the senate voted in favor of making a special committee and its sole job is to fact find and figure out more about the Kaplan deal.

The committee has officially been formed and Associate Professor Deborah Nichols is leading it. Ten members will now meet once a month to find out the initiatives behind the deal and then report the findings to the senate.

"I was interested in knowing more about what the implications would be for the West Lafayette campus as well as the regional campuses and the population that the new university would target," said Nichols.

She took questions from senate members Monday. The Kaplan special committee is expected to meet next Monday for the first time, to go over them.


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