KAPLAN UNIVERSITY BACKGROUNDER

Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in fast-growing industries.  Kaplan University offers a variety of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees.

The University began offering online programs in 2001 with just 34 students and a handful of degree options.  Its explosive growth is attributed to the robust student experience it provides, the flexibility of its programs and its market-relevant degrees, which are designed to provide students with the skills they need to compete for jobs in growing industries. Its standardized, outcomes-based curriculum allows for continuous improvement of the University’s courses and programs by assessing the skills students have mastered in each program, and identifying which teaching approaches are most effective across a variety of learning styles.

In addition to a myriad of associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, the University offers several online master’s degree programs in business, law, criminal justice, education and nursing, among others. Kaplan also offers a suite of personalized services and rich academic support through online tutoring, writing and mathematics labs, and web-based career planning diagnostics that help students craft a course of study that maximizes their career potential.  Kaplan also offers universal degree plans, which provide students with a larger open elective pool that allows them to bring in more transfer, military and/or experiential learning credits. The University has more than 30 online student clubs, professional organizations and honor societies.

Kaplan University serves approximately 29,200  students online including approximately 6,000 students through its 13 campuses in in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Missouri and Maryland. Learning Centers are designed to provide on-site support services and some classroom-based courses for local Kaplan University online students.

The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, IL, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org). The University has online student support centers in Chicago, Orlando and South Florida.

The University was established in 1937 as the American Institute of Commerce.  It was renamed Kaplan College in 2000 and became Kaplan University in 2004 when it began offering master’s degrees. To learn more about Kaplan University, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu

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