Online Education: Kaplan University


Like so many of today’s leading online for-profit universities, Kaplan University traces its roots back to the days when it operated exclusively as brick and mortar institution of higher learning. Quest College (founded in 1937 as the American Institute of Commerce) was bought by Kaplan, Inc. in 2000, changing its name to Kaplan University in 2004. Today, the school offers classes through several campuses across Iowa, its home state, as well as in Maryland and Nebraska. But, most of its students are distant learning attendees, with nearly 50,000 enrolled as of this writing.

Formerly known as Quest College, Kaplan University educates tens of thousands of students online as well as at campus locations in Iowa, Nebraska and Maryland.

Formerly known as Quest College, Kaplan University educates tens of thousands of students online as well as at campus locations in Iowa, Nebraska and Maryland.

Kaplan’s online learning arrangement is what appeals to many of today’s busy adults who find it difficult enough to balance work and family life with advancing their education. The university offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs as well as professional certification and law degrees. Accounting, Communication, Business Administration, Psychology, Nursing, Legal Studies and Liberal Studies are among the top bachelor programs offered through the school.

The Washington Post Connection

Kaplan Higher Education, the business which encompasses Kaplan University, is a subsidiary of one of the most well known newspapers in the world – The Washington Post. The university is named for Stanley Kaplan whose Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions business was founded by him in 1938 and is recognized as one of the most important college preparation businesses of our day. Mr. Kaplan died on August 23rd at the age of 90.

Some interesting points of note regarding Kaplan is that the university’s Bachelor of Nursing program has achieved national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency. The school’s law program, however, is not recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA), which does not accredit online schools as the ABA’s general policy states, “a law school shall not grant credit for study by correspondence.” The state of California, however, allows Concord Law School (Kaplan) students to sit for the bar exam though recognized as an unaccredited distance-learning law school. Check with your state to see if Concord studies will allow you to sit for your bar exam.

National Accreditation, Learning Options

Other than the law program, Kaplan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Instructors touch base with students regularly through email correspondence and online office hours while students are encouraged to participate in online chat sessions to discuss course material.

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