Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Kaplan Conundrums

May 24, 2017

There are still many unanswered questions about Purdue's plans to buy Kaplan University. We ask a few of them on this month's program.
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It’s no secret what the biggest topic is on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels.

We could easily have filled the whole show with the many lingering questions about Purdue’s deal to buy online educator Kaplan University.

We won’t, but we will ask Purdue’s leader why the deal doesn’t include provisos mandating more transparency, whether he was prepared for the backlash he’s received and whether that backlash creates more possibility that any of the agencies which still have to sign off on the deal will instead put the kibosh on it.

Also on this month’s show, some questions about higher education finance.

A new study shows colleges are discounting their prices more than ever before, so what does that mean for competition to get the best students?

And we ask why President Daniels, who’s spoken highly of both public service and reducing student debt, is against a federal program forgiving debt for those who go into public service careers?