Kaplan University’s Third Annual Academic Report Shows Increased Number of
Graduates and High Student Satisfaction
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- April 22, 2013
Kaplan University (KU) has published its Third Annual Academic Report for the
2011-2012 academic year. The report shows an increase in graduates with more
students electing to pursue their education online. Additionally, a greater
percentage of Kaplan University students are pursuing advanced degrees.
Covering the academic year beginning on July 1, 2011, and ending June 30,
2012, the report also details information about Kaplan University’s faculty,
academic programs, and measurable student outcomes.
The Academic Report also highlights results from a recent Kaplan University
survey which revealed a 90 percent overall satisfaction rating among
graduates, with 84 percent indicating they would recommend Kaplan University
to others. Ninety-one percent felt that the education program met their
“For the past three years, our Academic Report has served as an important
source of information for our staff, students, and other stakeholders. It
provides a review of year-over-year progress and helps us identify areas of
opportunity and improvement,” said Kaplan University President Dr. Wade Dyke.
“The report communicates the University’s goals and accomplishments and
highlights our services to students and continued innovation in instruction.”
“This year’s Academic Report illustrates Kaplan University’s ongoing
dedication and commitment to provide our students with exemplary education
through advanced curricula and career-centered learning and support,” added
Kaplan University Provost Dr. Betty Vandenbosch.
Among the many highlights:
*Kaplan University conferred 18,350 degrees in the academic year,
representing a 15 percent increase from the previous year (2010-2011).
*Through Kaplan University’s transfer credit policies, 19,099 students
received transfer credits in 2011-2012. More than one million (1,033,436)
credits were awarded, equivalent to a total savings to students of nearly
*The average time to graduation dropped to 18 months compared to 25 months
in 2009-2010 and 22 months in 2010-2011.
*A larger proportion of KU students are pursuing graduate degrees. The
percentage of KU students pursuing master’s degrees increased from 13
percent to 17 percent. The percentage has more than doubled (from 7%)
*Sixty-five percent of Kaplan University students are older than 30, a
slight increase from 2010-2011 (63%).
*Ninety percent of students complete their coursework in online programs;
ten percent enroll in campus programs. Campus students elected to take
more than half (52%) of their coursework online, compared to 41 percent
from last year’s report.
*Kaplan University continues to be a military-friendly university with more
than 9,000 KU students being active military, veterans, or military
spouses or dependents.
*Kaplan University is an outcomes-focused institution.Its course-level
assessment framework specifies and measures outcomes in nearly every
course for every student. Kaplan University uses the data to continuously
improve its curriculum content and design. Nearly 600 courses were revised
and 69 new courses developed last year.
*From the survey of graduates: 90 percent of respondents reported being
satisfied with their experience at Kaplan University; 84 percent would
recommend Kaplan University to others; 91 percent indicated that the
education program at Kaplan University met their expectations and that
they experienced increases in annual income.
The report can be accessed online at
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 (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves
approximately 44,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11
campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning
Kaplan Universityispart of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a
leading international provider of educational and career services for
individuals, schools and businesses.Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 65,000
students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the
United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic
opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional
degrees, including a juris doctor degree.Kaplan serves students of all ages
through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test
preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12.
Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company and its largest
division. For more information, visitwww.kaplanuniversity.edu.
Stephen White, 954-515-3603
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