Kaplan University is part of the Kaplan Inc. educational family, which supports more than 1 million students a year.While the Kaplan name is often associated with test prep that is only part of the story; other services include professional licensing, after-school tutoring programs, an online virtual high school, and, of course, higher degree programs.
The roots of Kaplan University date back to 1937; it began offering online programs in 2001 and now has more than 30,000 students. Currently, Kaplan University has 100 programs with associate, bachelor, master, and law degree options. Areas of study include: business, IT, criminal justice, health science, nursing, education, and art and sciences. The University prides itself on providing "real-world learning." A great example is its Newsweek MBA: This degree allows students to learn from global business leaders. It also provides case studies taken from the pages of Newsweek.
In addition to degree programs, Kaplan offers professional development courses in key areas such as project management, Six Sigma, executive coaching, and healthcare.
The focus at Kaplan University caters to working adults as well as their employers. Its online learning format removes the logistic challenges of attending traditional courses, allowing for better work/life/study balance. It also offers the benefit of delivering employers the ability to provide consistent learning across geographic boundaries. Kaplan looks to support the strategic elements of an employer's development plan and takes a long-term, consultative, non-transactional approach. A key element is customization and flexibility. This includes customizing curriculum for an employer or even developing complete degree plans. For example, Kaplan launched a retail management emphasis area to support the needs of an alliance partner.Kaplan is very active in evaluating a company's training program to determine if those can be articulated into University course credit. This helps employers to combine training and tuition assistance efforts. Another tool Kaplan provides is developing competency maps, which identify the programs that support a company's strategic objectives.
Alliance partners also are offered discounts to many other services offered within the Kaplan educational family including test prep, virtual high school, and Kaplan Publishing. Combined, Kaplan can support the entire learning strategy within an organization, which often transcends traditional college services.
Kaplan supports a broad range of organizations including some of the nation's largest employers, as well as community colleges, law enforcement, and other associations.
Kaplan is expanding its services for businesses to include leadership development seminars and workshops. These courses will augment the various educational resources available to its alliance partners. Kaplan also is constantly expanding its program offerings to meet the demands of students and businesses; more than 27 new programs were added in 2007. This year, programming certificates for Microsoft, Oracle, and Cisco are just a few of the programs that will be launched.