Kaplan University Publishes 8th Annual Academic Report

This year’s report commemorates University’s 80th anniversary

Monday, December 18, 2017 8:37 am CST



@Kaplan_Univ annual Academic Report provides overview of school with program and graduate profiles.

DAVENPORT, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Kaplan University (KU) issued its eighth annual Academic Report: The Year in Review 2016-2017 , detailing the University’s work, progress and achievements throughout the academic year beginning July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017.

The near 60-page Report once again provides an overview of KU and year-over-year details around key metrics such as learning, graduation and employment outcomes as well as important updates on accreditation and program approvals. The Report also profiles Kaplan University schools and programs, showcases faculty and graduates and includes survey results from KU’s students and alumni.

The current University Long Range Plan focuses on the three dimensions of institutional health: graduation, reputation and growth through the lens of time. The Report addresses the importance of time to our students in terms of student support, the learning environment and the time it takes to earn a degree.

“Our students share one common reality—they are very busy with work and family, which puts a high premium on their time,” said Dr. David Starnes, Kaplan University’s Chief Academic Officer. “We are committed not only to conferring affordable, career-oriented degrees, but also helping our students make the most of the time they spend with us preparing to advance their careers.”

Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University President, said, “This year’s edition of our annual academic report is very special to us as we celebrate the 80-year anniversary of our institution. From the beginning, we have always focused on helping underserved learners get a high-quality, affordable education that makes a lasting difference in their lives. This Report notes some of the major milestones we have achieved toward realizing that goal.”

Kaplan University’s roots trace back to the American Institute of Commerce, a postsecondary school that opened its doors in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa, to help job seekers improve their knowledge and skills in the midst of the Great Depression.

Key Report highlights from the 2016-2017 academic year include:

  • Kaplan University conferred 11,359 degrees, including 5,075 bachelor’s degrees and 2,837 master’s degrees.
  • Nearly three in four (73%) Kaplan University students were female.
  • Six in ten (60%) students were over the age of 30, similar to prior years.
  • While nearly nine in ten (87%) KU students had some postsecondary education prior to enrolling at KU, more than half (55%) came from backgrounds where neither parent attended college.
  • More than 8,200 (8,216) students were awarded $20.8 million in scholarships and grants.
  • Under KU’s credit transfer program, 10,758 students received a total of 496,249 transfer credits, representing a total student’s savings of more than $167 million during the academic year.
  • Since 2008, the University has been surveying final-term students to gauge their KU experience. In 2016-2017, nearly nine in ten (89%) respondents believe their education is relevant to current goals.
  • Using its systemic review process based upon rigorous data analysis, 23 new courses were developed and 266 courses were revised.
  • Acknowledged as a military-friendly school by multiple sources including Military Advanced Education & Transition, Kaplan University is the academic choice of more than 8,000 military-related students including active U.S. military, veterans and military spouses.
  • The University annually invests through its Research Pipeline to improve student learning and performance, particularly focusing on research to increase student motivation and persistence.

The Report can be downloaded here.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University 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 some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University serves more than 30,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 14 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, Missouri and Wisconsin, and a Kaplan University Learning Center in Maryland.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over one million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 15,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.Kaplan.com.

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