Purdue University Global chosen as name for online school

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A recently acquired online college purchased by Purdue will be called Purdue University Global.

University trustees announced the new name Thursday, The Lafayette Journal and Courier reported.

Purdue is taking over the for-profit Kaplan University chain in order to expand its reach into online education. Kaplan currently enrolls 32,000 students online and at more than two dozen campuses across numerous states.

Purdue is several weeks away from what university officials hope is final approval of its acquisition of Kaplan.

The name won't be official until the Higher Learning Commission approves the deal.

Purdue faculty are concerned Purdue's brand could be hurt if the new Purdue-Kaplan entity can't match the academic rigor of the school's brick-and-mortar campuses.

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