SMCC, Kaplan University sign agreements to ensure seamless transfer for SMCC graduates to Kaplan

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 1:36 pm CDT


South Portland
"These agreements support our students and ensure their success from start to finish."

Southern Maine Community College and Kaplan University have signed new agreements that ensure graduates from select SMCC academic programs enjoy a smooth transition to correlating programs at Kaplan that will prepare them for successful careers in high-demand industries.

SMCC President Dr. Ron Cantor and Kaplan University, Maine President Dr. Christopher Quinn recently signed 10 transfer agreements (known as articulation agreements) that allow graduates from SMCC associate degree programs to seamlessly transfer earned credits to baccalaureate degree programs at Kaplan University. 

The articulation agreements were signed at SMCC’s South Portland Campus.

“These agreements smooth the transfer process, removing hurdles and paperwork for students and ensuring a streamlined transfer path that will save them time and money,” said President Cantor. “These agreements support our students and ensure their success from start to finish.”

"This collaboration is a great example of how higher education institutions can work together to enhance Maine's workforce,” said Dr. Quinn. “Employers benefit when their employees advance their skill sets and the Kaplan University online programs allow students to continue their education while working in their chosen field."

SMCC programs covered under these agreements are Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology, Human Services, Liberal Studies-Psychology, Business Administration and Nursing.

From those programs, SMCC graduations can transfer into the following Kaplan programs: Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Corrections, Information Technology, Early Childhood Administration, Human Services Administration, Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis, Accounting, Business Administration and Nursing.

Photo caption: SMCC President Ron Cantor (left) and Kaplan University, Maine President Christopher Quinn signed 10 transfer agreements July 20 allowing graduates from select SMCC degree programs to seamlessly transfer credits to baccalaureate degree programs at Kaplan.


Southern Maine Community College is Maine’s largest and oldest community college. Founded in 1946, SMCC offers courses at its South Portland and Brunswick campuses, at community satellite locations and online. SMCC has among the lowest tuition and fees in New England and offers more than 45 degree programs. For more information, please visit

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 approximately 32,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Missouri and 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



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