In May, Purdue University announced its acquisition of the private online learning leader, Kaplan. The acquisition came as a surprise to some onlookers since Purdue University is an established public university and Kaplan is a well-known private online learning company.

Mitch Daniels, Purdue’s President, celebrated the acquisition and emphasized that the flexible education offered via the new virtual university, which Purdue plans to build with its acquisition of Kaplan, holds great potential to service traditionally under-serviced student populations. Many of Purdue’s current faculty, however, disagree and have accused Daniels of simply selling out.

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