Kaplan University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Proprietary
Terms Quarter
First year of program 2001-2002

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 159
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 2,564
Average online teaching experience 5 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 94%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 86%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 77%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 78
Part-time faculty with doctorate 962
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 4
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 19
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 0
Average class size 20
Maximum class size 30


Online bachelor's degree programs 22
Online courses 870
Five most popular majors
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 14%
Psychology, General 11%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Information Technology 8%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Health and Wellness, General
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Criminalistics and Criminal Science
Fire Services Administration
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Psychology, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Kaplan University is dedicated to serving students who may not be well served by traditional post-secondary education institutions. Most of our degree-seeking online students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education. 65% are older than 30; 74% are women. We are a military-friendly school. Over 9,000 students are active military, veterans, or military spouses or dependents.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations Yes
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Cannot
Students enroll as online students No
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Minority
Same curricula for online and campus-based students All


Archived classes None
Classes can be received live All
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. Most
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) Yes
Skype or other visual software Yes
New-student orientation Optional
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
Percentage of classes with lectures 76-99
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 4
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students Majority
Class participation graded Yes
Exams Yes
Same exams are administered only once No
Exams have random question order No
Each user has unique exam login Yes
Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Yes
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Comprehensive Curriculum construction , utilization of Turnitin software and Unique Logins.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Academic Profile (ETS) Yes
Academic Profile results publicly available Yes
Adult Learner Inventory (Noel Levitz) Yes
Adult Learner Inventory results publicly available Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 180
Credits that must be earned through school 45
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits No target length
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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