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The ABA Journal: “Starting now, the GRE can replace the LSAT in law school admissions”

Marino Named to Florida 500 List of Influential Leaders

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Greg Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu, 954.515.3026
Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 3, 2022) — For the fourth straight year, Florida Trend Magazine has named Kaplan North America’s CEO Gregory Marino to its Florida 500, the most influential business leaders in more than 60 economic sectors throughout the state.

“I am truly honored to be included on this list of exceptional leaders,” said Marino, who was among 28 listed in the education sector. “I am fortunate to lead the most talented and dedicated team in our industry. Kaplan has accomplished so much for our students and university and business partners this past year, so it’s gratifying to see the achievements of our organization recognized.”

Since joining Kaplan nearly 30 years ago, Marino has been a pioneer in delivering online educational solutions focused on student success and outcomes. Under his leadership, Kaplan has become a leading managed services provider in the higher education industry and a transformational force in test prep and the continuing education of professionals in multiple fields. In 2020, he was named CEO for all of Kaplan’s North American businesses, and is responsible for managing a team of approximately 5,000 employees who deliver a wide variety of education services, including higher and professional education, test preparation, corporate and leadership training and student recruitment, online enablement, and other university support services.

In his Florida 500 profile, Marino says this about a major influence in his life: “Stanley Kaplan, founder of Kaplan, aspired to expand access to education, opening doors to opportunities for all people.”

The Florida 500 recognition joins a list of other honors Kaplan has received this year. Last month the company was named for a second consecutive year among the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces® by Newsweek, based on employee happiness and satisfaction at work. Earlier this year, the company was again listed as one of South Florida’s Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel, the region’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, based on anonymous employee surveys. Additionally, Kaplan’s Career Core was recognized as a World Changing Idea for 2022 by Fast Company.

Business leaders listed in the Florida 500 were chosen by Florida Trend’s editorial department. The publication states, “The editorial selection of the 500 executives was based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, hundreds of interviews, and months of research, culminating in a highly selective biographical guide to the people who really run Florida. We look for individuals who appear to be the kind of people who others in their communities or industry sectors look to for leadership.”

The full Florida 500 list can be found at https://floridatrend500.com.

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, all of our employees across 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with hundreds of thousands of students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at www.kaplan.com.

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Kaplan Survey: Nearly Half of Aspiring Doctors Say Abortion Rights Ruling Will Impact Where They Apply to Medical School

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 917.822.8190

New York, NY (November 1, 2022) ⁠— A new Kaplan survey of more than 300 pre-med students across the country finds that the Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision holding that the Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” protecting a woman’s choice to have an abortion, may have a significant impact on the educational paths of aspiring physicians*.

Nearly half say the decision will affect their choice of where to apply to medical school, with 26 percent saying it probably will and 21 percent saying it definitely will; 17 percent say it will probably not affect their decision; 9 percent say it will definitely not affect their decision; and 27 percent say the ruling may or may not impact their decision.

Among those who say the ruling will make a difference in where they apply, opinions run strong:

  • “The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade deeply impacts how I feel about certain states and especially working within healthcare in that area.”
  • “I refuse to apply to any medical school in states where women don’t have rights to their bodies.”
  • “It would be important to me to be in an area where access to abortion is not restricted so that I can learn about such procedures.”

Those who say the ruling will not impact their decisions told us the following:

  • “I would like to go to a school that is the best fit for me. No matter their stance on reproductive healthcare.”
  • “I will still evaluate which med schools I apply to based on other factors that are more relevant to me.”
  • “A med school’s beliefs do not define my own. I’m looking for the best education.”

“It’s clear from our survey results that the Supreme Court’s decision is causing waves among pre-medical students, since this issue intersects both science and, for many, deeply held moral views — both for those who are pro-choice and those who are pro-life. Pre-meds are not only very career-focused, but we see an increasingly strong strain of social activism among them on a variety of issues. Over the next few years, we’ll see how this particular issue impacts actual application and enrollment numbers,” said Jennifer Moore, executive director of pre-med programs, Kaplan.

Reporters interested in covering Kaplan’s survey results can contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.

*Based on results of an e-survey conducted between September and October 2022 of 328 pre-med students who took an MCAT® course with Kaplan. Test names are the property of the respective trademark holders.

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, all of our employees across 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with hundreds of thousands of students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at kaplan.com.

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Kaplan Named to Newsweek’s List of the Most Loved Workplaces for 2022

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Greg Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu, 954.515.3026
Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 6, 2022) — Kaplan, a diversified global education organization, has been named for a second consecutive year among the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces® by Newsweek, which today announced its annual rankings based on employee happiness and satisfaction at work. Newsweek’s 2022 ranking of the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces® is the result of a collaboration with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development and benchmark research company.

The results were determined after surveying more than 1.4 million employees from businesses with workforces varying in size from 50 to more than 10,000. The list recognizes companies that put respect, caring, and appreciation for their employees at the center of their business model and, in doing so, have earned the loyalty and respect of the people who work for them.

Gregory Marino, CEO of Kaplan North America, said, “This recognition is a direct reflection of the passion and dedication our team brings to their work every day. We love what we do and the unique culture we’ve created while delivering results for our students, corporate partners, and university partners. Congratulations to all of my colleagues at Kaplan.”

According to the BPI, the five critical areas measured to gauge employee sentiment are: 1) how positive workers feel about their future at the company, 2) career achievement, 3) how much employer values align with employee values, 4) respect at all levels, and 5) the level of collaboration at the firm. In addition, areas such as inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging, and company response and adaptability to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as return-to-office rules, were identified and analyzed in relation to the five critical areas measured.

“As a result of ‘The Great Resignation,’ more companies recognize the importance of focusing on employee satisfaction to not only attract but retain top talent,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief, Newsweek. “The businesses on this year’s list clearly demonstrated that commitment.”

“The companies on this list represent the best at placing love at the center of their employee’s experience,” said Louis Carter, CEO, Best Practice Institute. “The number of applications this year and analysis of survey data reinforces our original findings that love is the strongest predictor of the strength of a company’s culture, employee engagement, and satisfaction.”

See the full Newsweek list of 2022’s Most Loved Workplaces here.

Methodology

To identify the top 100 companies for the Newsweek ranking, companies were evaluated and scored as follows: 35 percent of the initial score was based on employee survey responses; 25 percent was derived from analysis of external public ratings from sites such as Comparably, Careerbliss, Glassdoor, Indeed and Google; and 40 percent came from direct interviews with and written responses from company officials. Newsweek then conducted additional research into every company on the list, as well as the top runners up, to determine the final list of 100 companies and their ranking. (The list includes both U.S. firms and companies with a strong U.S. presence that are based overseas.)

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, all of our employees across 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with hundreds of thousands of students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at kaplan.com.

About Newsweek

Newsweek is the modern global digital news organization built around the iconic, over 85-year-old American magazine. Newsweek reaches 100 million people each month with its thought-provoking news, opinion, images, graphics, and video delivered across a dozen print and digital platforms. Headquartered in New York City, Newsweek also publishes international editions in EMEA and Asia.

About Best Practice Institute

Best Practice Institute is an award-winning leadership and organization development center, benchmark research company, think tank, and solutions provider. BPI is the certifying body for Most Loved Workplace® and conducted the original research to create the model and criteria for becoming a Most Loved Workplace®. BPI’s research proves that Most Loved Workplaces® produce 3-4 times better customer service, employee performance, and retention than companies not loved by their employees.

For more information on how to apply to become a certified Most Loved Workplace® in 2023, go to: http://www.mostlovedworkplace.com

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Vela Wood Law Firm Partners with Kaplan to Provide Free LSAT® Courses to Boost Number of Black Attorneys

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 917.822.8190
Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

New York, NY (October 3, 2022) ⁠— Texas-based law firm Vela Wood has partnered with global educational services company Kaplan to offer free LSAT prep courses to Black aspiring lawyers as part of both organizations’ ongoing efforts to diversify the legal profession. The scholarship was established by the law firm’s philanthropic arm, Vela Wood Forward (VW FWD), as a means of providing much needed financial assistance to Black, African American, and Black-Latinx students interested in pursuing a career in law. Scholarship recipients can enroll in a Kaplan LSAT course, which includes live, online instruction from an expert teacher; 32 hours of core classroom instruction; 180+ hours of exclusive live and on-demand lessons on Kaplan’s LSAT Channel for a customizable curriculum; and access to 60+ official practice tests with the Law School Admission Council’s LSAT Prep Plus tool, among other benefits.

According to the American Bar Association, 4.5 percent of all lawyers in the United States are Black—approximately the same percentage as 10 years earlier—but the total Black population in the United States overall is 13.4 percent. To combat this lack of progress, national organizations and law schools have in recent years redoubled their efforts to encourage more Black students to consider law as a career and to create more inclusive environments.

“As a Black, first-generation attorney, from a family with limited means, I have a unique understanding of the financial roadblocks that many Black aspiring attorneys face on their path to becoming a lawyer,” said Jenny Young, partner at Vela Wood and Director of VW FWD. “Black people are severely underrepresented in the legal field which is not for a lack of interest in law or personal merit; Vela Wood is looking to change that. Through this partnership with Kaplan, Vela Wood seeks to provide a pathway for Black students to achieve their very best LSAT score, enhancing their chances of entrance into top tier law schools. We believe that financial obstructions should not stand in the way of admission to law school for Black students.”

“Kaplan and Vela Wood share the goal of bringing true diversity to the legal profession, which includes significantly increasing the number of Black lawyers. At Kaplan, we are fully committed to supporting and advancing educational opportunities for historically underrepresented and marginalized populations, and providing LSAT scholarships is one of the ways we aim to level the playing field,” said Jessica Peterson, director of institutional partnerships, Kaplan. “Not only is a strong LSAT score the strongest tool applicants have in their arsenal to get into law school, but it can also help them secure much coveted merit-based aid. We encourage all eligible pre-law students to apply for this scholarship.”

Eligible scholarship recipients can apply here. Journalists who are interested in more information about this program can contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.

LSAT® is a registered trademark of Law School Admission Council, Inc. which does not review or endorse specific test preparation materials or services.

About Vela Wood and VW FWD

Vela Wood (VW) is a boutique corporate law firm with a local feel and a global impact. With offices in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and San Diego, we focus our practice in the areas of M&A, Sports & Gaming, Venture Capital, and Corporate Transactions. We pride ourselves in building real relationships with our clients and partnering with them for the long-haul. For more information, visit https://velawoodlaw.com.

VW FWD is an internal firm initiative dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for our employees to learn about and become more involved with social justice issues, and to support the communities in which our VW offices reside. As part of this initiative VW FWD has committed to donating $500,000 to social justice causes focused on supporting Black, African American, and Black-Latinx people as well as other marginalized communities within America. For more information, visit https://velawoodlaw.com/vw-fwd/.

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, all of our employees across 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with hundreds of thousands of students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at kaplan.com.

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Kaplan Announces $30K Graduate School Tuition Sweepstakes

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 917.822.8190
Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

New York, NY (September 26, 2022) – To help a college student finance their graduate school education, Kaplan announces its 2022 $30K Tuition Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is open through November 19 to all enrolled college students in the United States; Kaplan will draw one winner at random on November 22, with the winner being notified and announced shortly thereafter. 

Over the past two decades, Kaplan has held numerous sweepstakes and contests to help students further their educational and career goals, awarding tens of thousands of dollars in the process, with the 2022 sweeps bestowing the biggest single prize yet.

“The Kaplan sweepstakes prize of $30,000 can in many cases cover or nearly cover an entire year’s tuition at a graduate school, business school, law school, or medical school. One of our previous winners recently contacted us to say that winning our sweeps was ‘a turning point’ in his life. He recently finished his doctorate degree at a top ranked school. We are really excited to extend this opportunity again,” said Ashly Howton, executive director, campus outreach, Kaplan. “It’s our mission to help as many students as possible reach their goals and this latest exciting giveaway is just one of the ways we are doing that.”

To enter Kaplan’s $30K Tuition Sweepstakes, eligible undergraduate students can visit https://www.kaptest.com/forms/back-to-school-giveaway

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, all of our employees across 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with hundreds of thousands of students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at kaplan.com

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LPL Financial, Kaplan Announce Strategic Educational Agreement

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Greg Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu, 954.515.3026
Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 15, 2022) ⁠— Kaplan, a diversified global education organization and the leading provider of financial education, has announced a strategic educational agreement with LPL Financial, the leading provider of investment and business solutions for independent financial advisors and the largest independent broker-dealer in the United States.

As a new participant in LPL’s Vendor Affinity Program, Kaplan will provide a comprehensive portfolio of financial education offerings with enhanced discounts to advance the training and skills of LPL Financial’s employees, independent financial advisors, and those employed at its affiliate banks and lending institutions. This expands Kaplan’s long-standing partnership with LPL to provide products and services to LPL advisors.

Among Kaplan’s more than 30 financial education programs are professional designation programs in financial planning, such as the Chartered SRI CounselorSM (CSRIC®) and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®), offered by the College for Financial Planning®—a Kaplan Company. These programs provide specialized training in sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investments—including environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) investing—and retirement planning, which will support LPL advisors and affiliates with growing their business and creating desired client outcomes. Many professional designation programs through the College provide stackable credit toward its CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) certification program and master of science degree in personal financial planning.

Beyond professional designation courses, LPL advisors and affiliates will benefit from Kaplan’s extensive financial education programs, including exam prep in securities and insurance licensing, CFP® certification education and exam prep, and leadership and professional development.

Brandon Busteed, Kaplan’s Chief Partnership Officer, said, “This partnership is all about helping LPL Financial achieve its goals of attracting, retaining, and supporting the most knowledgeable and skilled employees and financial advisors in the financial services industry.”

Robert Pettman, LPL Financial’s executive vice president, Wealth Management Solutions, said, “LPL is focused on providing comprehensive training opportunities for employees and extending those same opportunities to our valued affiliates. Adding Kaplan to our Vendor Affiliate Program helps us better support the ongoing development and growth of our financial professionals. We believe these kinds of programs can help advisors reduce the complexity and costs of running their businesses while increasing the possibilities for ongoing expansion. The ability to deliver access to the industry’s best financial education services will play an important role in helping our clients grow their business.”

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, all of our employees across 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with hundreds of thousands of students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at www.kaplan.com.

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial (Nasdaq: LPLA) was founded on the principle that the firm should work for the advisor, and not the other way around. Today, LPL is a leader in the markets we serve,* supporting nearly 21,000 financial advisors, and approximately 1,100 institution-based investment programs and 500 independent RIA firms nationwide. We are steadfast in our commitment to the advisor-centered model and the belief that Americans deserve access to personalized guidance from a financial advisor. At LPL, independence means that advisors have the freedom they deserve to choose the business model, services, and technology resources that allow them to run their perfect practice. And they have the freedom to manage their client relationships, because they know their clients best. Simply put, we take care of our advisors, so they can take care of their clients.

*Top RIA custodian (Cerulli Associates, 2020 U.S. RIA Marketplace Report); No. 1 Independent Broker-Dealer in the U.S. (Based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine 1996-2021); No. 1 provider of third-party brokerage services to banks and credit unions (2020-2021 Kehrer Bielan Research & Consulting Annual TPM Report); Fortune 500 Company as of June 2021. LPL and its affiliated companies provide financial services only from the United States.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial LLC, a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. Member FINRA/ SIPC.

Throughout this communication, the terms “financial advisors” and “advisors” are used to refer to registered representatives and/or investment advisor representatives affiliated with LPL Financial LLC. We routinely disclose information that may be important to shareholders in the “Investor Relations” or “Press Releases” section of our website.

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Kaplan Partners with Amazon to Provide Amazon Employees with Comprehensive Career and Student Support Services

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 917.822.8190
Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

New York, NY (August 2, 2022) ⁠— Kaplan, the world’s most diversified global education organization, announced today that it is partnering with Amazon to make comprehensive career and academic advisement support services available to the 750,000 hourly Amazon employees in the United States. Kaplan’s partnership supports Amazon’s Career Choice upskilling program, designed to help Amazon employees grow their skills for career success. The Kaplan-provided services will be available to Amazon employees through every step of their higher education journey, from first helping them identify the academic programs that best fit their interests, skills, and long-term goals to general support throughout their higher education experience to networking, resume development, job interview preparation, and online brand building. 

Kaplan’s career and academic advisement support services are also designed to help drive satisfaction and engagement with Amazon employees through their journeys. Kaplan will help prospective students evaluate best-fit programs, provide success coaches to mentor them in support of their continued enrollment and progress, and make available career services advisors to coach and prepare them for employment opportunities.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Amazon, one of the world’s most influential economic and cultural forces, to help its employees, some of the most talented and hard working in the world, through their educational and career development journeys,” said Greg Marino, CEO of Kaplan’s North America division. “Amazon, with its unparalleled educational employee benefits offerings, and Kaplan with its 85 years of helping students achieve their goals, are a natural fit to help transform America’s workforce. This partnership further strengthens Kaplan’s position in the business-to-business marketplace, and we’re excited to share more about our plans for this portion of our business in the near future.”

“While Career Choice has always been complimented by advisement services, feedback from participants has shown that more comprehensive and ongoing counseling, like access to an advisor, a success coach, and career counselor, would help employees to choose programs better aligned to their career goals and to better navigate the challenges of going to school while working, and ultimately use their new skills to find opportunities at Amazon or externally,” said Tammy Thieman, global lead for Career Choice at Amazon. “We see the support from this partnership with Kaplan as a game-changing enhancement to our program and the careers of Amazon employees participating.”

Amazon associates are already reaping the benefits of the partnership. “In the past, for this kind of career support, I used resources at my public library and chatbot services, but they were lacking in both engagement and personalization. My Kaplan coach is dedicated to my success, gives me different perspectives, knows what my goals are, and is going to be a constant presence on my career path,” said Cicero Vieira, who works at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore, and has a background in the renewable energy industry. “In our first few meetings, we went over ways to improve my resume and cover letter and I believe the enhancements I’ve made are already setting me apart from potential competition. My coach goes the extra mile and encourages me to go the extra mile. I truly appreciate that. I don’t expect the program to find me a job, but I am confident it’s going to guide me in the right direction and help me secure my career goals.”

The partnership with Amazon signals future exciting announcements that Kaplan will make, as the benefits of these services catch on among businesses looking to upskill their employees and see them advance.

“Strong career coaching and academic advising are a fundamental differentiator between student success and failure. In fact, great advising may account for 75 percent of the variance of success for working adult learners,” said Brandon Busteed, chief partnership officer and global head of learn-work innovation, Kaplan. “Kaplan and Amazon are pioneering new advising models that have the potential to revolutionize the impact of education on career trajectories.”

“These wraparound services will increasingly become a must-have for companies looking to recruit new talent and develop them for long term success, no matter where they work in the future. Thousands of Amazon employees who have taken advantage of Kaplan’s services are already seeing positive results and we’re extremely encouraged by their enthusiasm,” said Rachael Bourque, vice president of corporate learning solutions, Kaplan, and architect of the partnership. “Businesses can count on Kaplan to be a full partner that’s vested in turning their vision into a successful reality.”

For more information about Amazon’s Career Choice program and its work with Kaplan, click here. For reporters who want to discuss Kaplan’s partnership with Amazon, contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.  

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, all of our employees across 27 countries continue Stanley’s mission, working with hundreds of thousands of students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 school and university clients worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at www.kaplan.com

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Cleveland State University Partners with Kaplan to Offer its Undergraduate Students Free Comprehensive Prep for Graduate-Level Admissions and Professional Certification Exams

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Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 917.822.8190
Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

New York, NY (June 7, 2022) ⁠— Cleveland State University, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 public university in Ohio for social mobility, announced today that it will immediately begin providing all of its undergraduate students and Spring 2022 graduates with free prep courses for graduate-level admissions exams, including the GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, and MCAT®, and several professional certifications, through a new partnership with global educational services provider Kaplan. This latest partnership builds upon CSU’s mission to open the doors of opportunity to and support as many students as possible, particularly from Northeast Ohio. In fall 2021, the university saw a 40 percent increase in the number of new freshmen who graduated from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the second largest school district in Ohio.

“Earning high scores on graduate admissions exams can open so many more doors for students in their chosen fields and careers,” said Brittany Wampler, director of career development & exploration at CSU. “In eliminating the test preparation cost barrier, we’re leveling the playing field for all CSU students to have the ability to succeed in whatever they choose to pursue.”

Kaplan has prepared students for standardized tests for nearly 85 years, and Cleveland State University is its first public institution partner for the company’s new ‘All Access’ initiative. As part of Kaplan’s All Access mission, colleges and universities can help all their undergraduates prepare for a variety of high-stakes admissions exams that students need to take to apply for graduate-level programs. 

Each CSU student registered for Kaplan’s free graduate exam preparation will also simultaneously receive on-campus career coaching, which provides students with personalized strategies, tactics and resources that align with their goals.

In addition, CSU students also have the opportunity to prepare for the exam to become a security industry professional (Securities Industry Essentials®), as well as a Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalSM, or FPQP® program, a designation program that is an introduction to personal financial planning. These professional certifications come through Kaplan Credegree programs, which are designed to enhance the job readiness and marketability of college students by partnering the traditional four-year degree with Kaplan’s educational programs. This allows students to complete their four-year degrees while earning industry-recognized credentials highly valued by employers.

“There’s good reason why Cleveland State University is nationally recognized as a leader in successfully advocating for the upward mobility of its students: it invests in their potential. And now that includes free test prep for all its undergrads, which we see as a real game changer in their educational and professional journeys. A higher score can not only increase your chances of getting into a top graduate-level program, but it can also secure you coveted merit-based aid,” said James Polulach, director of institutional partnerships at Kaplan. “Many students see admissions exams as a barrier, instead of an opportunity, whether because of the price of preparation or because of how difficult the exam is. With All Access, Kaplan is eliminating these roadblocks, with zero out-of-pocket expenses for them. We’ll be announcing additional partnerships in this area soon, as more colleges and universities recognize All Access’s value and promise.”

For college and university leaders who want to explore partnering with Kaplan, click here. CSU students interested in enrolling in an eligible Kaplan test prep course can visit here. And for reporters interested in covering this growing sector of Kaplan’s portfolio, contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.

About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2021 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report, including the #1 public university in Ohio for social mobility. Find more information at www.csuohio.edu

About Kaplan

Kaplan is a global educational services company that provides individuals, universities, and businesses with a diverse array of services, including higher and professional education, test preparation, language training, corporate and leadership training, and student recruitment, online enablement and other university support services. With operations in 28 countries, Kaplan serves more than 1 million students each year and has partnerships with 1,000-plus universities, colleges, and schools/school districts, and more than 4,000 businesses globally. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). For more information, please visit https://kaplan.com.   

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