Purdue President Mitch Daniels in April discusses the creation of a new public university that will help fill the need for postsecondary education for working adults and others, and address the explosive growth in online education.

CEDAR FALLS — Kaplan University will soon get a new name as its acquisition by Purdue University nears completion.

The public university in West Lafayette, Ind., announced Kaplan will be renamed Purdue University Global. Kaplan is a for-profit institution specializing in online education with 15 campuses and learning centers, including one at 7009 Nordic Drive in Cedar Falls.

Purdue began the process of acquiring Kaplan in April in order to create its own online public university for working adults. The name was approved by the executive committee of the Purdue University board of trustees and the board of trustees of Purdue NewU.

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The name will become effective when the acquisition of Kaplan University by Purdue clears the last step in the approval process — review by the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditor for both Purdue and Kaplan, scheduled for Feb. 22.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education in August voted unanimously to approve the acquisition. The U.S. Department of Education gave its approval in September with a stipulation the institution’s name include the word Purdue. The HLC, Department of Education and ICHE each requested notification of the official name in advance of the completion of the approval process and transaction closing.


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