#Press Releases

Kaplan Survey: Colleges Say Tuition Cuts Not in the Works, Though Many Think Quality of Online Learning Lags In-Person Experience

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: @KapEdNews, @KaplanSATACT

New York, NY (April 12, 2021) ⁠— College students and parents hoping to pay lower tuition than they normally would because classroom instruction has largely gone online due to the COVID-19 pandemic are going to be disappointed, according to Kaplan’s latest college admissions officers survey*. Of the admissions officers polled, 73 percent said their school has no plans to cut tuition, even as only 36 percent of them believe that the quality of learning students are getting online is the same as the in-person experience. These results are released as more colleges announce their tentative fall 2021 plans, with many pledging to “get back to normal” quickly, while others say that a return to in-person instruction will depend on several factors, most notably the level of infections in their local area. This also comes as applicants begin to receive acceptance letters from colleges and ponder where to attend, with cost a critically important deciding factor.

Admissions officers who said no tuition cuts are on the way shared the following reasons, which may surprise students and parents:

  • “With colleges moving from a brick and mortar institution to all virtual, I believe people are forgetting the costs universities are experiencing to invest in needed virtual technology. If anything, universities are having to spend more than normally budgeted to meet student and faculty needs…I wish they understood that universities are being strapped with the added pressure that if not doing well fiscally, they will have to cut staff or programs.”
  • “Our students experience face-to-face experiences with our professors via Zoom classes. This is different from asynchronous courses where students can log in at their own time and interact with professors only via email, phone calls and pre-recorded lectures. The synchronous courses provide students with similar face-to-face instruction.”
  • “While I understand the frustration from students and parents surrounding tuition rates not being lowered due to online classes, I also am aware of the reality that many colleges that lack the large endowments and reserve funds would not be able to survive a drastic cut to tuition. Drastic cuts to tuition would mean cuts to student services and lower quality learning and social experience at most colleges.”
  • “I personally feel that we should lower tuition, since the ‘product’ that our students are paying for this year is not the same as what it is in a normal year, so it seems unfair that the prices remain the same…my immediate, common sense thinking is ‘Why should our students pay the same amount for less?’”

Kaplan’s takeaway: Families hoping for lower college tuition were likely depending on two interwoven, but different impetuses. One, many guessed that online delivery was a lot less expensive than in-person instruction, but at least according to admissions officers, the rapid and substantial investment in online education likely drained their financial resources, making it harder for them to lower tuition across the board. Second, some families were hoping that colleges would recognize that the struggling economy, caused by the pandemic, was taking a deep financial toll on them, which would lead them to lower sticker prices for everyone. But that’s not the case either. Colleges are still looking at students’ financial situations one family at a time.

To help make test prep available to as many students as possible, Kaplan, through a partnership with ACT, continues to provide free comprehensive ACT® prep to those who qualify for a test fee waiver. 

To schedule an interview about the survey results, contact Russell Schaffer at 917.822.8190 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

*366 admissions officers from the nation’s top national, regional and liberal arts colleges and universities – as compiled from U.S. News & World Report – were polled by e-mail between September 16 and September 29, 2020. Percentages are rolled up to the nearest whole number.

ACT® is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Kaplan is the official partner for live online prep for the ACT.

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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 www.kaptest.com.   

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Amid Growing Demand for its Learn Work Innovation Solutions, Kaplan Appoints Brandon Busteed As Chief Partnership Officer Leading all University and Employer Partnerships

Move Strengthens Kaplan’s Position as a Multi-Purpose Strategic Partner to Universities and Employers

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

Press Contact: Carina Wong, carina.wong@kaplan.com, 646.467.2241
Twitter: @KapEdNews

Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 24, 2021) ⁠— To address growing demand for its workforce readiness solutions, Kaplan has integrated its university and employer partnerships teams, combining these into a single unit and tapping veteran industry leader Brandon Busteed to lead the consolidated unit as Chief Partnership Officer, Universities and Employers. He will also retain his existing title of Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation.

A prolific writer and thought leader on innovation and education trends, Busteed has been a driving force behind Kaplan’s expansion into work-readiness and work relevance since joining the organization in 2018. His new role establishes a single strategic unit bringing together collective capabilities in support of a growing roster of university and employer partners.

“With accelerating interest in our career-readiness and career-relevance solutions, and with both universities and employers embarking on talent development and human capital transformations, it became clear we needed to establish a dedicated unit in support of our partners, and Brandon’s vision and leadership are exactly what’s needed as we look to deliver value as a multi-purpose strategic partner to universities and employers,” said Gregory Marino, Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan’s North American operations.

The move follows a series of partnership initiatives that underscore Kaplan’s growth in the university and employer space. While the global educational services provider has an established history in test preparation, higher education, language training and professional education and training, in recent years it has expanded its product portfolio to support universities to include online enablement, pathways programs,  and a broad array of work-readiness solutions including bootcamps, career services support, industry-recognized credentialing initiatives and a digital clinical simulation platform. Kaplan has established new partnerships with Purdue University, Wake Forest University, Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Rochester, The New School’s Parsons Paris, as well as the University of Essex and the University of Liverpool in the UK. Kaplan also partners with more than 34 universities in the US, UK and Australia to run highly successful pathways programs that help students from across the globe matriculate into degree programs.

“Brandon Busteed and his colleagues at Kaplan have been enormously creative partners in our efforts to innovate at Wake Forest. They have been valued partners in course delivery, in rethinking career development, in innovative programs for high school students, and in launching our new School for Professional Studies,” said Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University.

A leader in training programs for financial services, health care and legal professionals seeking certification in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, Kaplan has more recently further parlayed its strength in outcomes-based learning into new workforce readiness offerings. Its new CredegreeTM programs, which bundle bachelor degrees with industry-recognized credentials, will soon be available to students at the University of Montana. Career CoreTM, an innovative new model for shared career services launched in partnership with Wake Forest University, enables institutions to expand career services to help prepare their students for their first jobs and on-going career successes. Kaplan additionally partners with a number of companies to provide education as a benefit.

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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 www.kaptest.com.

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Phi Alpha Delta Partners with Kaplan to Help Pre-Law and Law School Students Reach Their Educational and Professional Goals

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)
Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 917.822.8190

Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

New York, NY (March 8, 2021) — Kaplan, a global educational services company, and Phi Alpha Delta today announce a partnership that will provide members of the United States’ largest law fraternity with a host of academic and career benefits. As part of the partnership, Kaplan will offer exclusive discounts for its LSAT® and bar exam prep courses to all Phi Alpha Delta members, as well as award full scholarships to some members, based on financial need. Pre-law members will receive complimentary access to Kaplan’s event series, including LSAT practice tests, LSAT strategy seminars, admissions seminars, and personal statement workshops; and current law school students and alumni will receive academic support materials, including comprehensive outlines, skill support, question banks and flashcards on a variety of topics taught in law school, including civil procedure, constitutional law, criminal law, property and torts, and evidence and business entities.

This powerhouse pairing comes at a time when the law school admissions process and legal education are going through some significant changes, powered by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the law school admissions front, there’s been a significant increase in both the number of people applying (20 percent) and the total number of applications submitted compared to last year at this time. It also comes at a time when law school education remains largely online, with significant changes to the bar exam coming in a few years. The Kaplan and Phi Alpha Delta pairing aims to help students better navigate these events. 

“Phi Alpha Delta is excited to team up with Kaplan to provide resources for our members, including free and discounted LSAT and bar exam prep that will touch the lives of thousands of legal professionals and aspiring legal professionals,” said Andrew Sagan, executive director of Phi Alpha Delta. “As a non-profit organization, it’s an incredible opportunity to have Kaplan support our work bolstering legal education and careers by furthering leadership development, extended education, and scholarship. We’re excited to pair with a company that matches these goals.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Phi Alpha Delta to help both pre-law students and law school students reach their educational and career goals. From getting a competitive score on the LSAT, to smoothly transitioning to being a 1L, to doing well academically throughout the rest of law school, to passing the bar and beyond, both organizations are with students every step of the process to becoming a practicing attorney,” said Tammi Rice, vice president of legal programs, Kaplan. “As the world goes through unprecedented transformation because of the pandemic, Kaplan and Phi Alpha Delta stand ready to help aspiring attorneys succeed.”

For more information about Kaplan and Phi Alpha Delta’s partnership to benefit students, visit https://www.kaptest.com/lsat/partner/pad

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

About Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (www.pad.org) strives to be the premier legal professional organization with a diverse membership that cultivates leaders and serves as a voice for the role of legal professionalism in our society.  The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.

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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 www.kaptest.com.  

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Kaplan Expands Corporate Training Platform to Include Financial Modeling Through Agreement With The Marquee Group

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)
Press Contact: Gregory Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu

Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 24, 2021) — Kaplan, Inc., one of the world’s most diversified global education organizations, today announced an agreement with The Marquee Group, a leading provider of financial modeling training, consulting, and accreditation, to expand the professional development programs offered by Kaplan Performance Academy (KPA), a world-class digital environment that hosts and coordinates custom-tailored learning, coaching, and assessments. 

“This powerful alliance will greatly benefit a diverse group of professionals working across a wide range of organizations by combining The Marquee Group’s world-renowned financial modeling course with the comprehensive online capabilities of Kaplan Performance Academy,” said Andrew Perkins, Global Director of KPA.  “The course will help workplace teams turn their models into powerful communication tools that lead to better, more effective decisions.”

Ian Schnoor, CFA, AFM, President and Founder of The Marquee Group, said, “Financial modeling is one of the most highly valued skills for finance and accounting professionals, enabling them to design and create a dynamic financial business model that adheres to the highest industry standards. The learning journey includes model design, logic, construction, financial concepts, and accounting treatment, as well as building a model that includes a forecast of a company’s income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet.” 

In collaboration with The Marquee Group, KPA offers an asynchronous, interactive online course where learners acquire the skills, insights, and confidence to build flexible, accurate, and powerful financial models. There also is a premium offering that provides learners with technical mentoring sessions with subject matter experts to deepen understanding and maximize application into the workplace. KPA offers customized activities that help learners apply their skills in context to their workplace.

Experts in financial modeling since 2002, The Marquee Group has trained thousands of professionals globally at financial institutions, corporations, professional organizations, and universities. 

Specializing in corporate training, Kaplan Performance Academy offers a suite of self-assessment tools, customized learning journeys, and skills coaching in a variety of modalities to create a holistic developmental experience. KPA supports individuals in their professional and career growth with personalized, one-on-one mentoring through a worldwide network of accredited subject matter experts. Kaplan’s established global footprint and learning expertise means the KPA platform can be localized where appropriate and globalized when required. 

About Kaplan 

Kaplan provides individuals, universities, and businesses a broad array of educational 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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 kaplan.com.

About The Marquee Group

The Marquee Group is a leading provider of financial modeling, valuation, data science, and other technical training programs. Since 2002, The Marquee Group has provided current and aspiring business and financial professionals with the tools they need to understand and master critical areas of financial modeling and analysis. We provide instructor‐led training seminars to financial institutions, corporations, professional organizations and universities. For many years, The Marquee Group has led the annual training programs at numerous investment banks, pension funds and commercial banks. We have taught thousands of professionals across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and China.

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Exclusive Partnership Between Kaplan and ConnecME Marks a New Era of Educational Solutions in the Middle East

Exclusive Partnership Between Kaplan and ConnecME Marks a New Era of Educational Solutions in the Middle East

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)
Press Contact: Russell Schaffer, russell.schaffer@kaplan.com, 1.917.822.8190

Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

New York, NY (February 22, 2021) — ConnecME Education, the leading provider of international education solutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has launched an exclusive partnership with Kaplan to offer Kaplan’s Credegree™ to deliver educational training and workforce solutions to upskill university students and working professionals across the region. Kaplan Credegree is designed to enhance the job readiness and marketability of university students by combining a traditional undergraduate degree program with a credential from Kaplan. This allows students to complete their degree while earning industry-recognized credentials that are highly valued by employers. 

Kaplan Credegree programs are available for nearly 100 different industry-recognized credentials and across a continually expanding portfolio of career tracks, including information technology, data science, project management, cybersecurity, and healthcare. According to a 2019 Quest Research Group survey, more than 70% of respondents agreed that an in-demand industry credential combined with a traditional degree would help college students have a more well-rounded education and overall skill set. The MENA region is currently undergoing an upswing in higher education, with enrollment increasing, and more young people completing their college education. This may signal that employers in fast growing industries such as banking, finance and tech will need to meet the demand of not only college graduates to fill vacancies, but also qualified and professionally certified employees. 

CEO of ConnecME Education Mohammad Shadid said “Bringing Kaplan’s extensive history and Credegree catalogue to the Middle East and North Africa Region in a new way is something we are proud and excited about. The Credegree program offers a timely and wonderful opportunity for university graduates not only to enter the market with their university degree, but also to be empowered by the professional qualification and training that Credegree offers. We look forward to this partnership and to the positive impact it will have across the region.”

“This partnership will bring to the region a new standard of qualification and help students and working professionals succeed in an ever changing and increasingly competitive job market,” said Brandon Busteed, president, University Partners and Global Head Learn-Work Innovation, Kaplan. “The idea of pairing an undergraduate degree or existing work experience with an industry-recognized credential is attractive to students, employees and hirers. To graduate both broadly educated and specifically-skilled is the ultimate goal now, worldwide.”

Journalists interested in learning more about how ConnecME is bringing Kaplan’s Credegree programs to the Middle East and North Africa can contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com

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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 www.kaplan.com.  

About ConnecME Education

ConnecME is an international educational company that understands the importance of empowerment and global citizenship. With our strong partnerships, we aim to provide tailored educational and career solutions to meet the unique needs of schools, universities, associations, certifying bodies, and government departments. Our goal is to provide students and lifelong learners with opportunities to help them become globally competitive and to attain excellence and recognition in the global domain. We view our role as one of continuous support to students and candidates in helping to open more doors to opportunities both home and abroad. For more information, visit www.connecme.com

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Kaplan, Lambda Chi Alpha to Launch Transformational Programs that Support Soft Skills, Credentials for Gen Z Students

Innovative Training Initiative Enables Fraternity Members To Earn Digital Badges and Give Them a Competitive Edge

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)
Press Contact: Gregory Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu

New York, NY (February 18, 2021) — Kaplan, a global leader in academic innovation, and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, one of the largest fraternities in North America, today announced the planned launch of a set of transformational new programs that will address the gap between college education and career readiness training, providing digital badge credentials and marketable skills to help meet the needs of Generation Z college students. 

Beginning in the 2021 fall semester, Lambda Chi Alpha members can enroll and start earning credentials in the innovative Leadership Skills Certification Program, designed in partnership with Kaplan to develop four learning journeys:  Leadership, Finance, Philanthropy, and Recruiting. This training will teach a blend of technical and soft skills, such as teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, work ethic, flexibility, adaptability, and other interpersonal skills needed to successfully obtain and maintain employment. 

“We saw an opportunity to provide a resource that many college-aged students in Generation Z don’t have right now,” said Troy Medley, CEO of Lambda Chi Alpha, which has chapters at nearly 200 universities. “As we continue to grapple with an unprecedented pandemic and economic recession, Gen Z students need and want greater ROI from their college experience. Employers also want to know that the graduates they hire are career-ready. Likewise, students want to graduate with quantifiable abilities that lead to a high-paying job. We believe this program will bridge the gap between the high-level theory of college classroom learning and real-world practical training. The certifications earned will offer proof of work readiness that our members can offer employers.”

Lambda Chi Alpha executive leadership collaborated with Kaplan to design the Leadership Skills Certification Program, which will be delivered through Kaplan Performance Academy (KPA), a proprietary management system that provides digital learning experiences, technology and expertise to enhance professional performance in the workplace. The Leadership Skills Certification Program will help Gen Z students overcome deficiencies in work experience and workplace readiness which have been exacerbated under the current pandemic and recession. 

The timing of this comprehensive career readiness training and support could not be better for students. As COVID-19 continues to negatively impact jobs, the economy and employment, the oldest Generation Z members (ages 18 to 22) are facing tremendous challenges entering the workforce, including record-high unemployment. According to the Pew Research Center, half of Gen Zers reported that they or someone in their household had lost a job or taken a cut in pay because of the pandemic. Making matters worse, Gen Zers are already less likely to have work experience compared to previous generations when they were young adults. While 62 percent of Gen Z was employed in 2018, a higher percentage of Millennials (71 percent) and Gen Xers (79 percent) were working when they were a comparable age, which means many Gen Z young adults could lack the basic skills to succeed in today’s workplace.                                                                                                                      

With competency-based certifications earned as a benefit, the Leadership Skills Certification Program will initially offer 23 competencies or topics. The program will be offered to Lambda Chi Alpha officers (chapter presidents, treasurers, recruitment chairs, and philanthropy chairs) and will eventually include all fraternity members.

Andrew Perkins, KPA Global Director, said, “The students who receive this training will have a significant advantage over their peers in the job market. Today’s business environment demands that employees have practical application of the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace.  We have designed the curriculum in a way that will engage college students in visual and interactive experiences. The skills and credentials they earn will increase their job opportunities and help them succeed in their careers.”

Employers agree. “I believe that Lambda Chi Alpha’s efforts in providing a digital badging certification program to its members give its student leaders the opportunity to represent the vital career readiness skills they develop during their Greek experience and a way to demonstrate those skills to potential employers on their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and similar documentation,” said David Ong, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition for Maximus, Inc., and the President-elect of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 

Specializing in corporate training, Kaplan’s KPA works with companies around the world to offer assessments, customized learning journeys, and skills coaching in a variety of delivery methods and features a global network of accredited subject matter experts to support individuals in their professional development. 

The Leadership Skills Certification Program training will be certified by an independent third party, Credly Acclaim, which works with leading brands including IBM, Adobe, Oracle, and Dell. These companies use Credly as an internal certification tool to measure the growth of their employees’ competencies and skills.

The partnership highlights the evolving nature of both Kaplan and Lambda Chi Alpha. Long known on college campuses for its test prep offerings, Kaplan is a diversified global educational powerhouse that has recently begun offering a number of “work prep” solutions, from programs to help high school students explore potential careers to solutions enabling universities to combine degree programs with industry-recognized credentials. Lambda Chi Alpha, founded in 1909, is working to create the model modern fraternity, one that prioritizes leadership, membership, diversity and inclusion, physical and mental health, and public service. This includes placing greater emphasis on creating leadership opportunities for members that carry professional value, broadening its role from building relationships to building critical lifelong skills.

About Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Headquartered in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind., Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America with more than 295,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 universities. In the early 1970s, it was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and other challenges facing today’s college student. Complemented by its partnerships with Feeding America and the JED Foundation, Lambda Chi Alpha serves to enhance higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, personal growth, career networking, and lifelong friendships. The mission of Lambda Chi Alpha is to inspire and equip men to lead an ethical life of growth, service, and leadership. Lambda Chi Alpha envisions a world where the ideal man pursues a life of respect and inclusion for all. A world where we support and encourage one another. And a world where every brother models and embraces our values: loyalty, duty, respect, service, and stewardship, honor, integrity, and personal courage. To learn more about Lambda Chi, please visit www.lambdachi.org.  #GrowServeLead

About Kaplan 

Kaplan provides individuals, universities, and businesses a broad array of educational 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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 kaplan.com.

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University of Montana Partners with Kaplan to Strengthen Students’ Work Readiness and Employability With Kaplan Credegree™ Program

New Offering Combines Traditional Bachelor’s Degree with Highly Valued, Industry-Recognized Credential

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

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

New York, NY (February 17, 2021) — The University of Montana, a flagship institution of the Montana University System, has partnered with Kaplan, the global educational services provider, to offer its students Kaplan Credegree programs in more than 30 technology areas. Kaplan Credegree is designed to enhance the job readiness and marketability of college students by partnering the traditional four-year degree program with Kaplan’s educational programs. This allows students to complete their four-year degree while earning industry-recognized credentials that are highly valued by employers. Credegree is also available to Montana alumni and former students who want to upskill.

Kaplan Credegrees will be offered to Montana students in a variety of tech fields with high in-demand skill sets, including cybersecurity, data science, data literacy, and digital marketing. According to a 2019 Quest Research Group survey, more than 70% of respondents agreed that an in-demand industry credential combined with a traditional degree would help college students have a more well-rounded education and overall skill set.

The University of Montana is one of a small, but growing number of institutions of higher learning that are making a major investment in alternative credentialing programs, although one survey finds that 74% are at least experimenting. And according to a Bureau of Business and Economic Research report done for the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, Montana’s high tech sector is growing faster than any other part of the state’s economy, signaling these skills are in high demand. The study concludes that the high tech sector grew nine times faster than Montana’s overall economy in 2018.

“The University of Montana is expanding the scale and scope of career-related experiential learning, and the new Kaplan offerings will enhance these efforts,” University of Montana President Seth Bodnar said. “They will help us expand the breadth of opportunity available at a flagship university with the intensely personal ways we engage with our students to ensure every graduate leaves our campus with robust work-based experience. We are creating a distinctive undergraduate experience that is academically rigorous and personally engagingdesigned specifically to ensure every student is prepared to succeed in life and in their chosen careerall in the context of a vibrant experience on and off campus.”

“The notion of pairing an undergraduate degree with an industry-recognized credential is attractive to students, parents and employers. To graduate both broadly educated and specifically-skilled is the ultimate goal now. The University of Montana is taking a real leadership role in this effort,” said Brandon Busteed, president, University Partners and Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation at Kaplan. “The University of Montana is well-known for providing its students with a world-class liberal arts education. Coupled with Kaplan’s Credegree programs, students will be even better equipped to close the skills gap and thrive in the world of work.”

For more information about the Credegree programs at the University of Montana, students can visit https://www.umt.edu/umonline/programs/kaplan/default.php. For reporters interested in covering this growing trend, please contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.

About the University of Montana

Nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, the University of Montana (www.umt.edu) is a place where top-tier students, educators and researchers from across the country and around the globe come and thrive. UM is located in Missoula, Montana’s second-largest city with a population of 80,000 residents. The University draws a diverse population to Missoula and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community.

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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 www.kaplan.com.  

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Kaplan Survey: Majority of Medical Schools Express Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, but Only Half Have a Specific Program to Recruit Black Students

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, @KaplanMCATPrep

New York, NY (February 16, 2021) — Kaplan’s 2020 medical school admissions officers survey finds that while medical schools are largely supportive of America’s most prominent social justice movement, far fewer have specific programs to increase the number of Black students at their school*. Of the medical schools polled, 88 percent said they put out a statement to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. When prompted why they decided to take a public position, admissions officers shared the following:

  • “Doctors are trained to be able to provide care for all demographics and populations. This was an important issue to address because of its impact not only on the community as a whole, but in particular the suffering that is taking place in the Black community. Providers have a responsibility to understand what impacts the populations they serve.”
  • “It was important to members of our community to see that the school cared; it was important to reflect as a school on our own record and efforts and think about what more we can do to end systemic racism and injustice; it is especially important given so many issues surrounding medicinelevels of justifiable distrust for doctors given historical incidents, impacts on research when diverse volunteers can’t be recruited, and impacts of comments of physicians to patients that are insensitive or impacts of patient comments to physicians of diverse backgrounds.”
  • “Our communities of color have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID infection and death rates leading to stress and anxiety, which have been further exacerbated by events playing out across our nation and within our own community. The recent tragic events reopen wounds cut by historical contexts and as these incidents occur, we are all impacted; but none more so than our African American colleagues.”

But while the overwhelming majority of medical schools support BLM, only about half (48 percent) said they have a specific program to recruit Black applicants. One admissions officer whose school does not have such a program shared, “At the time, the population of Black residents in my city does not warrant a specific stream for Black applicants.”

“It was important for many medical students and pre-meds that medical schools put out strong statements expressing solidarity with BLM, but it is equally if not more important for medical schools to implement strong, ongoing policies to ensure a diverse and inclusive student body. Many are already doing that and we think that is likely to improve and increase over the coming years,” said Petros Minasi, senior director of pre-health programs, Kaplan. “At Kaplan, we are proud to be part of those efforts to diversify the medical profession. We currently work with more than 30 HBCUs across the country to provide MCAT® courses at lower tuition costs. As much as we can, we want to break down racial barriers and eliminate roadblocks due to financial need.”

The Kaplan survey also found that when asked to grade medical schools as a whole on diversity, in relation to recruiting and admitting students from different backgrounds, 7 percent of admissions officers awarded an “A”; 41 percent, a “B”; 38 percent, a “C”; 12 percent, a “D”; and 2 percent, an “F.”

The survey results come on the heels of a recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges showing that the number of Black first-year students increased by 10.5 percent nationwide. Black students made up 9.5 percent of first-year students in 2020, up from 8.8 percent last year. Of particular note are the increases among Black men. First-year students from this demographic group increased 12.2 percent. The percentage of all doctors in the workforce who are Black is less than five percent, though these application and enrollment numbers could signal a significant increase in the next decade.

To schedule an interview with a medical school admissions expert at Kaplan, contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190.

*Admissions officers from 58 accredited medical schools across North America were polled by e-mail between August and September 2020. Percentages are rounded up to the nearest whole number.

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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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 www.kaptest.com.  

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Kaplan Launches Innovative Online Solution to Address Data Literacy Gap for Business Professionals

Metis, Kaplan Performance Academy Collaborate To Create Foundations in Data Literacy Program

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)
Press Contact: Gregory Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu

Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 15, 2021) — With the expanding need for business professionals to effectively use and leverage data in daily decisions, Kaplan, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diverse education providers, has introduced a dynamic solution for companies to upskill employees with a data literacy program. Developed by its renowned Metis® data science and analytics training team and delivered by Kaplan Performance Academy (KPA), companies now have a world-class digital environment that hosts and coordinates custom-tailored learning, coaching, and assessments.

The Foundations in Data Literacy program was designed by the Metis and KPA teams to train employees in any role throughout an organizationtechnical and non-technicalwith the competencies they need to read, analyze, work with, and discuss data. The program is delivered on KPA’s digital, immersive platform that provides practical application, performance tracking, and group mentoring in live, social learner communities, which drives engagement, accountability, and persistence. 

“Today’s data-driven economy demands that everyone in business comprehend the fundamental principles of data and confidently use that knowledge to drive business decisions,” said Andrew Perkins, Global Director of KPA.  “This collaboration with our colleagues at Metis offers critical training in a format that can be customized to a client’s needs and provides self-assessment, formative feedback, and personalized skills coaching to support participants throughout their learning journey.”

The Foundations in Data Literacy program provides organizations with a strong foundation for a data-driven culture, teaching business professionals how to use data as a common language to collaborate, make wise choices, and drive results. Lessons cover the common data and analytics  terminology, what types of problems can be solved, project management workflow, defining the outputs of analyses, and more. This practical instruction enables employees to identify and scope problems within the business and to perform initial analysis without needing the help of a highly technical person. 

Devoted to teaching people how to find value in data, Metis is a global provider of data science and analytics training for Fortune 500 companies, as well as cutting-edge startups. The team delivers exceptional learning experiences by blending subject matter expertise with educational expertise, resulting in course outcomes that drive value for clients.

Benefitting from Kaplan’s expertise in learning practices, KPA specializes in corporate training, working with companies around the world to offer self-assessment, customized learning journeys, and mentoring in a variety of delivery methods.  The digital platform features a global network of accredited subject matter experts to support individuals in their professional development. 

About Kaplan 

Kaplan provides individuals, universities, and businesses a broad array of educational 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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 kaplan.com.

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First Computer-Based CFA® Exam to be Administered Next Week, Ending Nearly 60 Years of a Pencil-and-Paper Based Test

Kaplan Schweser’s Andrew Temte Available for Comment On What to Expect, How to Prepare

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)
Press Contact: Gregory Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu

Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 9, 2021) — On February 16, the CFAⓇ Exam, taken by financial professionals as part of industry requirements to earn the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst, will be administered as a computer-based test for the first time since its introduction in 1962. Like anything new, this brings challenges and uncertainty for candidates who are not prepared and are unfamiliar with the digital format.

“This is the most significant change to the CFA® exam in its history, but I think it offers many benefits,” said Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA, President of Corporate Training at Kaplan and co-founder of Kaplan Schweser, a leader in CFA education and test preparation. “While the global pandemic has accelerated this change, the computer-based format has been under development for years. In addition to opportunities for increased safety protocols, this innovation brings greater flexibility for both the CFA Institute and CFA candidates. Now with multiple exam windows offered each year, candidates can choose to compress or elongate their path to achievement of the Charter to suit their needs or life situation.”

To prepare candidates, Kaplan Schweser launched the Schweser Mock Exam Sim, a first-in-market tool that replicates the interface used on exam day to provide the most realistic experience possible. The mock exam also uses the same number of questions, question style, and timed breaks.

Level I of the CFA® Exam will be offered to candidates within an exam window of February 16 to March 1. (The first computer-based Level II and III exams will be offered between May 25 and June 1.)  In addition to adoption of computer-based testing, the CFA Institute is reducing the number of questions on the Level I exam from 240 to 180. The exam will still have two sessions, with each session consisting of 90 questions and time limits of 2 hours and 15 minutes apiece.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Andrew Temte, please contact Greg Ten Eyck at Kaplan (gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu) or +1 954-515-3026.

Kaplan Schweser is part of Kaplan and a leading global provider of financial education for hundreds of thousands of students and business professionals around the world, including training for CFA®, CAIA®, and FRM®. Our comprehensive learning strategy, known as The Kaplan Way, utilizes learning science in the instructional design of our educational tools and courses. Follow us on Twitter @KaplanSchweser.

CFA Institute, CFA®, and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

About Kaplan 

Kaplan provides individuals, universities, and businesses a broad array of educational 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 nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-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 kaplan.com.

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