A Conversation with Purdue University Global: Innovative Online Education for All

by | Jan 5, 2021

On January 7th 2021, the Chancellor and the Provost of Purdue University Global will discuss how they are building and providing greater access to affordable, high-quality, world-class online education.

*Recording of the event will be available soon*


Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM–4:30 PM ET
Location: via Zoom (link to be sent to registrants)

Featured Speakers:

Frank Dooley headshot

Frank J. Dooley
Chancellor, Purdue University Global


Jon Harbor headshot

Jon Harbor
Provost, Purdue University Global

About Frank J. Dooley

Frank Dooley, chancellor of Purdue University Global, oversees academics for approximately 36,000 students, most of whom earn their degrees online. Prior to becoming Purdue Global chancellor, Dooley was senior vice provost for Purdue University. Dooley has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service, including the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2009 and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in 2011. He was inducted into Purdue’s Teaching Academy in 2002 and into the University’s “Book of Great Teachers” in 2014.

Dooley, who received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, his Juris Doctor from University of North Dakota, and his doctoral degree from Washington State University, came to Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics in 1998.

About Jon Harbor

Jon Harbor joined Purdue Global as provost in 2020. Previously, he served as the provost and executive vice president for the University of Montana and as executive director of digital education and associate vice president for teaching and learning at Purdue University. Harbor champions teaching excellence and the expansion of quality online education to meet the needs of diverse learners.

At the University of Montana, Harbor oversaw academic and student affairs and, with his team, launched partnerships to develop new online programs, transitioned to a data-informed academic advising model, designed a new budget model, and encouraged pedagogical transformations through a teaching excellence initiative. He joined Purdue University as an associate professor in 1994 and was promoted to full professor in 2001. Harbor was recognized with Purdue University’s top awards for both undergraduate teaching and graduate mentoring and was inducted into Purdue’s “Book of Great Teachers.” Harbor completed his undergraduate studies at Cambridge University and his PhD in geological sciences at the University of Washington.


About Purdue University Global

Building on Purdue’s mission to provide greater access to affordable, high-quality education, Purdue University Global is a public, nonprofit institution that offers a world-class education online. Purdue Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals.

In April 2017, Purdue reinforced its status as one of the world’s most innovative universities by announcing it would acquire Kaplan University, a longtime leader in online adult education, and create a new, public institution—which is now Purdue Global.


About PCoOL

The Provost’s Conversations on Online Learning (PCoOL) feature public talks by leading experts and peers on the future of education, specifically around online education. PCoOL events are free and open to members of the Columbia community with a valid University ID.

View past seminars and conversations at Columbia University on topics related to online learning on the Columbia Online website.