Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana, is now president of Purdue, a soft landing for a politician with no academic bona fides. He has continued his assault on the academic integrity of the university by arranging the purchase of online “Kaplan University,” a for-profit business built on test prep.
The University Senate passed a resolution opposing this move, and Daniels said they felt bad about being left out of the decision-making process. Purdue paid $1 for the flailing online business.
Read about the deal in the Washington Post here:
Read today’s Politico education edition for more on this story.
Text of Faculty Senate resolution:
Senate Document 16-19 4 May 2017
Purdue University Senate
Senators Alan Beck, Tithi Bhattacharya, Evelyn Blackwood, Elena Coda, Cheryl Cooky, Alan Friedman, Alberto Rodriguez, and Laurel Weldon
Resolution on the Purdue Purchase of Kaplan University University Senate for Discussion & Approval
Faculty governance and faculty control of curriculum are the lifeblood of any healthy University.
As, unfortunately, the unique nature of the announced purchase by Purdue of Kaplan University resulted in a violation of both of those central tenets.
1. No input was sought through regular faculty governance before this decision was made.
2. No assessment of the impact on the academic quality of Purdue, now or in the future, was made.
3. No transparency was demonstrated in this process.
4. No impact study has been taken of effects on faculty, curriculum, students and staff at Purdue.
5. Faculty governance and academic freedom at what will become the “New University” is not assured by the Purdue agreement with Kaplan.
6. The Faculty has already requested, in writing, that the administration use the Senate’s Academic Organization Committee when considering any re-structuring of programs or the creation of new ones at any campus.
Be it resolved that
Based on these violations of both common sense educational practice and respect for the Purdue faculty, we call on the President and Board of Trustees to include faculty in all aspects of decision-making regarding the proposed “New University” and to rescind any decisions, to the degree possible, made without faculty input.
Alan Beck, Tithi Bhattacharya, Evelyn Blackwood, Elena Coda, Cheryl Cooky, Alan Friedman, Alberto Rodriguez, Laurel Weldon
In the Politico report this morning, you will also learn there about the Trump administration’s efforts to tamp down the fears that Trump was preparing to cut off capital funding of HBCUs, in grounds of “equal opportunity” (no favoritism based on race), which he seemed to imply in a recent signing statement.
Watch for Betsy DeVos’s commencement address at historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Florida on Wednesday. Undoubtedly she will praise the virtues of school choice since that is her only thought.
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