Purdue Global makes official debut

Purdue University photo / Mark Simons
Frank Dooley, Purdue senior vice provost for teaching and learning, and Betty Vandenbosch, Purdue Global chancellor, discuss the official launch of Purdue University Global in West Lafayette, Ind., on April 2.

“This is education that’s tailored to adults to meet their needs. … That’s really who we’re focused on.”
W. Christopher Motz,
regional vice president of partnerships and strategy in Maryland for Purdue Global

Purdue University Global officially launched in early April, unveiling a new website and logo.

Purdue, Indiana’s public, land-grant university, announced a deal in April 2017 to acquire for-profit Kaplan University from Kaplan Inc. The former Kaplan campus at 18618 Crestwood Drive in Hagerstown is now part of the Purdue Global network of campuses.

W. Christopher Motz, regional vice president of partnerships and strategy in this area for Purdue Global, recently sent an email announcing the move. Motz, who was named Washington County Business Person of the Year during February’s Washington County Business Awards ceremony, referred to Purdue as a “very reputable” institution.

“This is education that’s tailored to adults to meet their needs. … That’s really who we’re focused on,” Motz said.

He said Purdue Global offers “very prestigious education to fit the needs of the individual.”

Approximately 30,000 students enrolled at Kaplan University are now Purdue Global students. These students will complete their programs of study with their current instructors without interruption and will earn a degree bearing the new institution’s name. Over time, additional programs are expected to be added.

Purdue Global’s website, www.PurdueGlobal.edu, states that the Maryland graduation ceremony will be held June 3 at North Hagerstown High School.

It also states that people can “experience a Purdue Global undergraduate program for an introductory three-week period. There’s no financial obligation beyond the application fee.”

“With the Purdue Global Commitment, you can try our classes before you owe any tuition. We stand behind the quality of our education and believe you should have the opportunity to experience real classes for real credits before making a decision,” it reads.

Purdue Global’s formal launch was marked with an announcement at Purdue’s main campus in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue Global’s main campus is in Indianapolis.

“This is an exciting day for students and all of us involved with Purdue Global as it really marks an important milestone in Purdue fulfilling its land-grant mission even more broadly,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Purdue Global chancellor. “We want Purdue Global to be the standard for how public education can be offered to those who want to improve their lives in the way that only education can help realize.”

Vandenbosch reports to Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Purdue Global’s six-member board of trustees, composed of five Purdue University trustees and one external trustee.

The new university’s trustees approved plans to offer a tuition discount of approximately 40 percent for Indiana resident students and free tuition for degree-seeking Purdue employees and a 50 percent discount for immediate family members. In December, the board approved a Statement of Ethical Principles and Pledge to Students, a code by which all Purdue Global faculty, administrators, staff and support team members, as well as service partners, vendors, collaborators and other associates will be required to conduct themselves.

“More than 450 Purdue employees already have expressed interest in Purdue Global enrollment to take advantage of the career development pathway that additional education can open up for them,” said Frank Dooley, Purdue senior vice provost for teaching and learning. “At the same time, we also have faculty interested in working with the new institution and learning more about its online educational capabilities.”

Purdue Global offers more than 100 degree and non-degree programs, with rolling admission and new sessions beginning monthly.

Purdue Global was created to enhance Purdue’s land-grant mission by expanding access to higher education for the tens of millions of working adults who started and did not complete a college degree and for others unable to attend a traditional college campus. Purdue previously did not have significant online undergraduate degree offerings, and Purdue Global will put Purdue among the leaders of online degree-granting systems in higher education.