WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — When it comes to Purdue University's acquisition of Kaplan, the climate on campus is mixed.
Some faculty members are against it, saying Kaplan diminishes the Purdue name. Some students don't think the decision will have an impact on their future.
Student Tim Walther isn't worried about his future.
"I don't think putting the name Kaplan next to Purdue makes Purdue any less valuable, any employer would look at my Purdue degree and understand that my education is a top notch education," said Walther.
A top-notch education he thinks everyone should have access to.
"I think it's a really good thing to be able to use Purdue's name to help other people get educations."
Student Grant Kinney said the more people hear and see Purdue, the better.
"Because we're getting that name out there and we're showing that they're committed to education," said Kinney.
Purdue Professor David Sanders has been against Purdue Global from the beginning.
"We know nothing about any of the processes, we don't understand anything about how grading is decided what are the standards that are applied, how the curriculum is determined," said Sanders.
He said he worries in time, employers will have no choice but to question each and every job candidate on the nature of their Purdue degree.
In a statement from Purdue, President Mitch Daniels said in part:
"That opportunity brings with it the responsibility to provide the highest quality online education, not only to our new adult learners but to all residential and online Boilermaker students. Starting today, Purdue University hopes to take a leading role in online learning nationally."
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