FAQs for Alumni
- What is the name of the new institution?
Purdue University Global will be the name once the transaction is approved and change of control transfers to Purdue.
- Why was this name—Purdue University Global—chosen and what was the criteria for its selection?
The criteria were selecting a name that reflects Purdue’s mission, a name that is distinct from Purdue’s other campuses and a name that reflects the University’s affiliation with the Purdue University system. The name (and identity) needed to convey both the rigor and quality of the new institution while distinguishing itself from Purdue. Finally, the name needed to engage and connect with our stakeholders, especially prospective students and employers.
- What other options were considered?
Many options and variations were considered. The process was not so much a vote as an analysis in which inputs—both quantitative and qualitative—were analyzed in relation to how they supported the key assets and attributes we want to promote and how those might resonate with the current and prospective students and their employers—all keeping in mind Purdue’s longstanding land-grant mission.
- Why does the new name not include Kaplan?
The new name reflects that fact that Purdue University Global will be part of the Purdue University system and will no longer be owned or controlled by Kaplan, Inc. Nonetheless, it will continue Kaplan’s long legacy, shared by Purdue, of providing access to education for underserved students.
- What are the implications on the name and logos for Concord Law School and Open College?
The naming convention for Concord Law School and Open College will be Concord Law School at Purdue University Global and Open College at Purdue University Global, which is consistent with how the names are currently presented under Kaplan University.
- What was the process that led to Purdue University Global being selected?
The process was comprehensive, thoughtful and inclusive, using inputs from various constituencies that included faculty, staff, students of both Kaplan and Purdue and other stakeholders. These inputs were augmented by rounds of quantitative research and expert analysis conducted by an advertising and marketing agency that was charged with creating an identity that will appeal to current and prospective students and employers and help distinguish this university from others. This work, which took many months to complete, was reviewed, processed and weighed by President Mitch Daniels, the Board of Trustees and those who conducted the market research leading to the ultimate decision that was announced on January 11.
- Who selected Purdue University Global?
The recommendations put forward by our advertising agency after months of input from stakeholders and analysis of how certain names performed were presented to Purdue’s leadership, who then presented the information to the Boards of Trustees. The final decision was made by the Purdue and Purdue University Global Boards of Trustees.
- Will having the new name decided help with the approvals needed to close the acquisition?
It is yet another positive step forward in advance of The Higher Learning Commission meeting to consider and approve the transaction.
- When will the new name take effect?
The name of the new university—Purdue University Global—will officially take effect once the change of control is approved by The Higher Learning Commission and the transaction is officially completed, which we expect will happen in the second quarter of 2018.
- I am not familiar with Purdue. What can you tell me about them? Where can I go to learn more?
Purdue University is a regionally accredited public university system in Indiana. With nearly 75,000 students, it is one of the largest and most respected university systems in the U.S. and includes four campuses. More information can be found at www.purdue.edu.
- Kaplan University is a for-profit university. Will that change?
Yes. Purdue University will form Purdue University Global, a new public institution to operate the new university as a separate Purdue-affiliated university.
- Will the accreditation for Purdue University Global change?
No. Kaplan University (KU) and Purdue share the same regional accreditor, The Higher Learning Commission.
- Will the same programs and degree offerings be available?
There are no plans to change programs or degrees. Like KU, Purdue University Global will continue to look for programs that are best suited to meet the needs of its students and the communities it serves.
- Is Kaplan University closing? Will this impact the value of the degree I earned from KU?
Kaplan University is not closing. It is being acquired by Purdue – a transaction that we expect to be approved and completed (sometimes referred to, in legal parlance, as a transaction “closing”). This is a change in control, not a closure of the institution. The fact that Purdue University, one of the most prestigious schools in the country, decided to acquire Kaplan University speaks volumes about the quality and value of the education our students received and the degree they earned.
- I graduated from Kaplan University before April 27, 2017. Can I update my diploma with Purdue University Global?
No. We will not be issuing new diplomas to students who have already graduated from the University.
- What about on my resume? Should I change it from Kaplan University to Purdue University Global?
Once this transaction is completed, you may want to add to your resume that Kaplan University is now known as Purdue University Global.
- I'm a proud Kaplan University graduate. Can I still use this name on my resume?
Yes. When the transaction closes, you can also indicate on your resume that Kaplan University is now known as Purdue University Global. Either option is fine.
- Will KU provide alumni with any official transitional documents to accompany transcripts that will aid them in explaining the circumstances surrounding KU degrees to prospective employers and helping to maintain credibility?
Yes. Kaplan University will be adding a statement to the transcript legend explaining the change of control to Purdue, as we have done in the past when Kaplan University acquired other institutions (e.g., Andover, Hamilton).
- What specific resources will be available to alumni during and after the acquisition?
The same resources available to alumni today will continue to be available to Kaplan University and new university alumni during and after the completion of the transaction, including career services.