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Statement Opposing Purdue University Purchase of Kaplan University

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The deal between Purdue University and Kaplan:

1. establishes a public-benefit corporation (“New University”) operated by and for the profit of a private entity (“Kaplan”);

2. provides for 12.5% of the “New University” revenue to go to Kaplan after operating costs and a priority payment are met; in addition, an “efficiency payment” of 20% of any cuts in operating cost incentivizes the “New University” to place efficiency above principles of academic integrity, student service, shared governance, and freedom of learning and inquiry;

3. channels public financial means to a private, for-profit entity with no public oversight, draining resources from public colleges and universities devoted to academic excellence and the public good, not the bottom line;

4. establishes conditions of at-will employment for 3,000 “New University” faculty and staff members, with no common geographic location for face-to-face meetings, and no provision for shared governance, tenure, or oversight from a deliberative body of faculty who are professionally qualified in the relevant area of expertise ("New University will have its own institutional accreditation and maintain its own faculty and administrative operations.")

5. ignores that Kaplan-owned entities have been decried for paying workers some of the lowest wages in the for-profit education industry; that attorneys general in Illinois, Delaware, and North Carolina have launched investigations into Kaplan University; that Kaplan has settled litigation in Massachusetts over allegations it misled students about job placement rates and in Texas over allegations that it employed unqualified instructors.

In addition:

1. the deal violates the long-cherished core principles of shared governance and academic freedom that the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) has stood for since 1915;

2. the deal outsources and privatizes public resources, weakening the ability of our public campuses to provide the quality education for which they are internationally recognized and jeopardizing their ability to continue to fulfill their public missions of providing Hoosiers with the best education possible;

3. as a public-benefit corporation operated for the profit of Kaplan, the new entity would undermine essential protections for the freedom of learning and inquiry on which higher education in the US has been premised for the last hundred years, as well as stripping Hoosiers from all walks of life of access to a higher education guaranteed by norms of professional review by peers;

4. it asks Hoosier taxpayers to devote tax revenues (through Indiana scholarships such 21st Century Scholars Program) to the enrichment of a private corporation, a concept directly at odds with the mission of a public university, which is to advance the public good (via the education of citizens), not to turn a profit for a small band of private shareholders;

5. prioritizes profit over academic program quality, which will damage Purdue University’s hard-earned reputation for academic excellence.

We the undersigned faculty at Indiana higher education institutions hereby oppose the purchase by Purdue of Kaplan University:

Akinwumi Adesokan, Associate Professor, Media School , IU Bloomington.

Majed Akhter, Assistant Professor of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Myrdene Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Purdue University.

Marina Antic, Assistant Professor Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, IU Bloomington

Janet Badia, Professor of Women's Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Marcia Baron, Rudy Professor of Philosophy, IU Bloomington.

Benjamin Balthaser, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-South Bend, Treasurer, IUSB AAUP.

Abhijit Basu, Herman B. Wells Professor Emeritus of Geology, IU Bloomington.

Jean Beaman, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Affiliated Faculty, Global Studies, Purdue University.

Alan Bender, Associate Professor Biology, IU Bloomington.

Ana Benito, Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of International Language and Culture Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Betsy Berry, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Tithi Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of History, Director, Global Studies, Purdue University.

T.J. Boisseau, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Purdue University.

Melanie Bookout, Associate Professor of Music, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Noor Borbieva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Marianne Boruch, Professor of English, Purdue University.

Purnima Bose, Associate Professor of English and Global and International Studies, IU Bloomington.

Zinaida A. Breschinsky,Professor Emerita of Russian, School of Languages & Cultures. Purdue University.

Adam Bright, Limited Term Lecturer, English Department, Purdue University.

Thomas Broden, Associate Professor of French,Purdue University.

Bernd Buldt, Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Stephen Buttes, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Michele Buzon, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Purdue University

Troy Byler, Senior Lecturer, Germanic Studies, IU Bloomington

Susan Curtis, Professor of History and American Studies, Purdue University.

Mary Ann Cain, Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Steven Alan Carr, Professor and Interim Chair of Communication, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Donald A. Coffin, Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics, IU Bloomington.

Adam Coffman, Professor of Mathematics, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Farah Combs, Continuing Lecturer in Arabic and Director of the Honors Program, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

H. Kory Cooper, Associate Professor Department of Anthropology & School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University.

Laurie Corbin, Professor of French, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Edward E. Curtis IV, Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Charles Cutter, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University.

Benjamin F. Dattilo, Associate Professor of Geology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Marlo David, Associate Professor of English; Affiliated Faculty Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies, Purdue University.

L. Anne Delgado, Lecture of English, IU Bloomington

Barbara Dennis, Associate Professor School of Education

Keith Dickson, Professor of Classics, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University.

Tom Duffy, Emeritus Professor of Education, IU Bloomington.

Rachel Einwohner, Professor of Sociology, Purdue University.

Paul Eisenberg, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, IU Bloomington 

Hamid Ekbia, Professor of Informatics, Cognitive Science and International Studies, IU Bloomington 

Charlene Elsby, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Christine Erickson, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

William Feighery, Chair, Department of Chemistry, IU South Bend.

David Fischer, Professor of Mathematics, IU Bloomington.

Milton Fisk, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, IU Bloomington

Damian Fleming, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort 

Anne Fliotsos, Professor of Visual & Performing Arts, Purdue University.

Jennifer L. Foray, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University.

Rayvon Fouche.  Director of American Studies, Purdue University.

Stephen L. Fox, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Member, IUPUI AAUP.

Lessie Jo Frazier, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, IU Bloomington.

Alan M. Friedman, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Purdue University.

Geraldine Friedman, Associate Professor of English, Purdue University.

Luis Fuentes-Rohrer, Professor of Law, IU Bloomington.

Constance M. Furey, Professor of Religious Studies, IU Bloomington

Linda Gales, President, CWA Local 4730, IU Bloomington

Michael Gasser, Emeritus Professor of Informatics, IU Bloomington.

Laura Ginger, Professor Emerita of Business, IU Bloomington.

Paula Girshick Professor Emerita of Anthropology, IU Bloomington.

Nancy Goldfarb, Senior Lecturer of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Jane Goodman, Associate Profess of Anthropology, IU Bloomington.

Margaret E. Gray, Associate Professor of French and Italian, IU Bloomington

Rae Greiner, Associate Professor of English, IU Bloomington.

Pamela Hanratty, Senior Lecturer, Biology, IU Bloomington.

Sally Hastings, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University.

Kelly Hayes, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Rachel E. Hile, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

David Hoegberg, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Julian Hook, Associate Professr of Music Theory, IU Bloomington.

Christoph Irmscher, Professor of English, IU Bloomington.

Michael Johnston, Associate Professor, Dept. of English, Purdue University.

Stephanie Kane, Professor, School of International and Global Studies, IU Bloomington.

Oscar Kenshur, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature, IU Bloomington.

Sarah Knott, Associate Professor of History , IU Bloomington.

Eric Knox, Senior Scientist, Directer of the Herbarium, IU Bloomington

Daniella Kostroun, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Modupe Labode, Associate Professor History & Museum Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 

Rebecca Lave, Associate Professor of Geography, IU Bloomington

Benjamin Lawton, Associate Professor, Director of Italian Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University.

Carol Lawton, Professor of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Adam Leite, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University Bloomington.

Bradley Levinson, Professor of Education, IU Bloomington.

Alex Lichtenstein, Professor of History, IU Bloomington.

Ann Livschiz, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Yan Long, Assistant Professor, School of Global and International Studies, IU Bloomington.

James M. Lutz, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne

Robert Marzec, Professor of English, Purdue University.

Stephen Macekura, Assistant Professor of Global and International Studies, IU Bloomington.

Jason McGraw, Associate Professor of History, IU Bloomington

Jake Mattox, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-South; President, IUSB AAUP.

John R. Kaufman-McKivigan, Mary O'Brien Gibson Professor of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Michael McNamara, Associate Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts, AAUP

Liz Mercier, Continuing Lecturer of Latin and Greek, Purdue University 

Lynne J. Miles-Morillo, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of German,
 Department of German and Russian
, School of Languages & Cultures, Purdue University

Paul Mischler, Associate Professor of Labor Studies, IU-South Bend, IUSB-AAUP.

Marissa Moorman, Associate Professor of History, IU Bloomington.

Daniel Morris, Professor of English, Purdue University.

Michelle Moyd, Associate Professor of History, IU Bloomington.

Bill V. Mullen, Professor of American Studies, Affiliated Faculty, Global Studies, Purdue University, Member, Purdue AAUP.

Megan Musgrave, Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, IU Bloomington.

James Naremore, Emeritus Chancellors’ Professor, IU Bloomington.

Assem Nasr, Assistant Professor of Communication, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Isabel Nuñez, Professor and Chair of Educational Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Kelsey Parker, Associate Professor of English, IU South Bend.

Jonathan Raff, Associate Professor of Envirmontal Sciences and Chemistry, IU Bloomington.

Lee Roberts, Associate Professor of German, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 

Suin Roberts, Associate Professor of German, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Benjamin Robinson, Associate Professor of German, IU Bloomington,, IU AAUP.

Darlene J. Sadlier, Professor of Portuguese, IU Bloomington

Aparajita Sagar, Associate Professor of English, Purdue University.

Ranu Samantrai, Associate Professor of English, IU Bloomington.

William E. Scheuermann, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, IU Bloomington.

Jeremey Schott, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, IU Bloomington.

Amanda Seidl, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Chair, Dept. of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University

Peter Seybold, Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Micol Seigel, Associate Professor of American Studies and History, IU Bloomington

Melanie Shoffner, Associate Professor, English Education, Purdue University

Jack Spencer, Associate Professor of Sociology, Purdue University.

Kevin Stainback, Associate Professor of Sociology, Purdue University.

Marcia Stephenson, Associate Professor of Spanish, Purdue University.

Jessica L. Sturm, Associate Professor of French and Applied Linguistics; Coordinator, French Language Program; Affiliated Faculty, Linguistics, Purdue University 

Richard C. Sutter, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Antonia Syson, Associate Professor of Classics, School of Languages & Cultures, Purdue University

Monica Tetzlaff, Associate Professor of History, IU-South Bend, IUSB-AAUP.

Monica M. Trieu, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Purdue University.

Daniel Winchester, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University.

Allen Wood, Prof of Philosophy, IU Bloomington

Rega Wood, Prof of Philosophy (Stanford and Bloomington)

Ellen Wu, Associate Professor of History, IU Bloomington.

 

Endorsed by the IU Bloomington Chapter of the AAUP

Endorsed by the Bloomington Progressive Faculty and Staff Caucus



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