Higher education is in a state of change, and as many higher-ed leaders are realizing, bold moves are necessary to navigate this change and sustain innovation.

From gaming-based research to new learning delivery models and new ways to look at education, some universities and colleges are forging paths designed to move faculty and students into the next phase of higher education.

Below, we’ve gathered a sampling of some of the boldest and most innovative university moves, projects and policies in the past few years. If you know of an innovative university program, let us know in the comments section below.

1. Purdue University moves to acquire Kaplan University

In a move that is the first of its kind, Purdue University moved ahead with plans to acquire the for-profit Kaplan University. Purdue plans to create a new kind of public institution, which is is calling “NewU” for now. The university plans to maintain Kaplan’s existing programs while rolling it into the Purdue system.

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