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Kaplan University is an institution of higher learning dedicated to providing innovative undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education. Our programs foster student learning with opportunities to launch, enhance, or change careers in today’s diverse global society.

Important Kaplan University metrics for the 2016–2017 academic year:

  • Total enrollment: 29,156*
  • Students over age 30: 60%
  • Female students: 73%
  • Kaplan University scholarships and grants: $20.8 million awarded to 8,216 students
  • Degrees awarded: 11,359
  • Campuses and learning center: 15
  • Faculty with doctorates: 43%

*Student census represents actual matriculated students as of June 30, 2017.

Source: The Year in Review: 2016–2017, Kaplan University Academic Report, fall 2017.

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Kaplan University Addresses the Skills Gap

  • Kaplan University students expedite the speed by which they earn their degrees through the use of:

    • experiential learning portfolios

    • assessment of prior learning

    • articulation of corporate and military training

    • transfer credits

  • Under the University’s credit-transfer program in 2016—2017, 10.758 students received a total of 496,249 transfer credits, representing a total student savings of more than $167 million.

  • Kaplan University offers competency-based education. Students embark on an efficient journey to degree completion while obtaining the following:

    • GENERAL EDUCATION LITERACIES: competencies related to critical thinking, reasoning, and writing skills across nine areas of literacy.

    • PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES: competencies that describe professional behaviors that lead to success in a work environment (including teamwork, leadership, personal presentation, and multiculturalism and diversity).

    • COURSE OUTCOMES: discipline-specific learning outcomes embedded in each course (see sample competency report below).

  • Eighty-five percent of the University’s students are nontraditional, including those older than 18–22, who attend part time, work full time, and are often single parents, among other factors.

  • Kaplan University students learn. During the 2016–2017 academic year, Peregrine testing revealed continued success in our MBA program. According to Peregrine’s data, Kaplan University graduating online MBA students outperformed students at other ACBSP-accredited business schools both in percentage difference in scores and in average graduating student score.

  • Many Kaplan University programs have achieved programmatic accreditation. These include: programs in business, project management, fire science, nursing, and dental assisting. Curricula approvals include human resources coursework, financial planning, addictions counseling, and fire science courses. For a complete listing of programmatic and curricula approvals, visit https://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/why-kaplan/accreditation/.

  • Our Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, and Iowa campuses hold CAAHEP-MAERB accreditation for the medical assisting program.

*Savings calculation is an estimate based on the average cost per credit during the period multiplied by the number of transfer credits awarded in the period.

Comparing Kaplan University to ACBSP’s traditional, online, and blended schools.

Sample Competency Report 

 Source: Kaplan University Academics, 2016


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