#Press Releases

Kaplan Survey: Law Schools Predict the 2021-2022 Admissions Cycle to Be Another Hyper Competitive One

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

New York, NY (November 8, 2021) ⁠— The 2020-2021 law school admissions cycle saw the largest year-over-year number of applicants in nearly 20 years and law school admissions officers predict this trend likely won’t reverse itself this current cycle, finds a new Kaplan survey*. Of the admissions officers at 90 American Bar Association-accredited law schools that Kaplan surveyed, 78 percent predict that the number of applicants will either stay at last cycle’s elevated volume (45 percent) or increase (33 percent.) Only 22 percent of law schools believe there will be a decrease in applicants. Admissions officers shared the following anecdotes about why they believe we’re in for another year of high applicant volume:

- “I suspect we’ll see some carryover from the students who applied late last cycle and didn’t receive admissions offers because rosters were full.”

- “If the pandemic and the new variants are brought under control, then we will see a leveling off of application volume to law school. If not, we will continue to see an increase in people interested in law school, especially in the areas of public policy, constitutional law and healthcare law.”

- “Test taker registration shows the possibility of yet another increase.”

Just how competitive did the application surge make the admissions process last year and what does that foretell about this cycle?

Sometimes Great Isn’t Good Enough: According to the survey, 72 percent say that they rejected more applicants with what they consider to be high LSAT® scores than they did in the previous cycle. 

Buyer’s Remorse: 40 percent of admissions officers expressed concern that law schools nationwide accepted too many students. One respondent said, “We have to be careful not to fall back into old admission practices that could potentially lead to an over-saturated legal employment market.” This was a major problem during The Great Recession, which officially occurred between 2007 and 2009, but whose effects were felt for years after

The Fight for Funds is Intense: Compared to applicants who enrolled in fall 2021, 55 percent of law schools say applicants enrolling in 2022 will receive less scholarship money; 38 percent say the level will stay the same, while only 7 percent say it will increase.

“A struggling economy and general societal malaise often lead to a surge in law school applicants, but COVID’s impact on the admissions landscape is unprecedented and will be felt for years. With such high interest, it is not a buyer’s market. A strong LSAT score, which previously almost always guaranteed you a ticket to a top law school, isn’t enough anymore. What this all means is that now you need an extra strong score and extra strong law school application overall,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of legal programs, Kaplan. “Applicants should also keep in mind that competition for merit-based scholarships remains fierce, as funds are limited to only the highest performing prospective students. We encourage everyone who wants to become a lawyer to continue on this career trajectory, but they should prepare accordingly for a more rigorous admissions process.”  

For more information or to schedule an interview with a law school admissions expert, contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190. 

*Based on the results of a Kaplan e-survey conducted between August 2021 and September 2021 of 90 American Bar Association-accredited law schools. Among the 90 law schools surveyed are 16 of the top 25, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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 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, 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, 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 Launches First Shared Career Services Offering In Partnership With Wake Forest University, Leading Higher Ed Institutions to Promote Work Readiness

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

Twitter: @KaplanEdNews

New York, NY (September 21, 2021) ⁠— Kaplan, a diversified, global education provider, has collaborated with pioneering university partners to launch Career Core™, an innovative career-services provider that helps students prepare for their first jobs and ongoing career success. This first-of-its-kind initiative uses a shared model to provide valuable services and resources that are difficult for an individual university to offer at scale: student access to industry- and role-specific advisors; world-class, academically-rigorous, asynchronous career course curriculum; and opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials during college. The select group of leading higher education institutions and organizations that have joined Career Core as founding members are: Adelphi University, Florida International University, Point Loma Nazarene University, University of Arizona, University of Montana, Wake Forest University, Alpha Tau Omega, and Kappa Alpha Order.

Amidst a backdrop of waning confidence in the work readiness of college graduates and the challenging budgets brought on by pandemic-related cuts, the innovative new model will enable student-serving organizations to provide their constituencies with much-needed career development support and skills for immediate application in today’s workforce. Career Core includes access for students to connect with industry- and role-specific advisors across a broad range of high-demand industries such as data science, technology, finance, marketing, healthcare, engineering and management, among others. It also includes rigorous and engaging career development content and activities designed in partnership with Wake Forest’s nationally recognized career services office. 

Career Core will help extend and scale the capabilities of even the most cutting-edge career service offices, especially to students with diverse backgrounds and needs. For campuses looking to address budget and operational efficiencies, Career Core can also serve as an affordable means to motivate and equip every student to be career ready. In researching the unique career development needs and experiences of college students today, Kaplan conducted extensive interviews of college presidents, provosts, career services leaders, employers and students to identify key elements of a successful career services experience and designed Career Core accordingly.   

“Wake Forest is proud to have become a recognized leader in career development,” said Andy Chan, vice president, innovation and career development at Wake Forest University. “We are delighted to partner with Kaplan to design this innovative offering for Wake and for every other institution that wants all of their students to be truly career and life ready.” 

“The opportunity to design and launch a breakthrough model for career services alongside forward-thinking leaders and institutions in this area has been a real honor for Kaplan. It’s testament to what innovative partnerships can bring to higher education, and we can’t wait to grow this service in partnership with committed higher education institutions,” said Brandon Busteed, chief partnership officer and global head of learn-work innovation at Kaplan.

Kaplan, which provides individuals, institutions of higher learning and businesses around the world with a diverse array of services, currently generates more than $1 billion in economic impact for its university partners across the globe as a multi-purpose strategic partner. Its services for university partners include international student recruitment, online degree management and white-labeling of industry-recognized credential courses. In recent years, Kaplan has also expanded its menu of work-readiness offerings. Earlier this year, Kaplan announced the launch of Credegree™ solutions for universities, enabling them to combine degree programs with opportunities for students to also obtain valuable industry-recognized credentials and skills. The launch of Career Core builds on its portfolio of offerings for higher education institutions seeking to improve their students’ work readiness.

Here’s What Founding Partners Are Saying About Career Core: 

“As a nationally recognized and award-winning institution for career services, Adelphi University is proud to be a founding member of the Kaplan Career Core Program. By joining forces with Kaplan and other distinguished founding members, we are shaping the future of programming in career services and workforce development. This innovative partnership demonstrates our commitment to and leadership in student success.”  — Christine M. Riordan, PhD, president, Adelphi University

“Career Core is an innovative way that will help our members think more strategically about matching their natural abilities and skill sets with a career that makes sense for them and provides a greater sense of fulfillment. This is an important initiative that fits perfectly with our mission of personal development.” — Wynn Smiley, CEO, Alpha Tau Omega

“Kappa Alpha Order is proud to be a founding fraternity partner with Kaplan’s Career Core program. Kaplan Career Core will help prepare KA brothers for their first jobs and ongoing success throughout their careers. It provides both industry- and role-specific career coaching and development in non-timebound, asynchronous training. As a moral compass for the modern gentleman, KA is committed to investing in our members’ early professional development to help them succeed.” — Larry Stanton Wiese, executive director, Kappa Alpha Order

“Point Loma Nazarene University is proud to partner with Kaplan’s Career Core as a leading higher education institution committed to our students answering the question – Who are you called to be? Through this innovative partnership, we scale our career services, expand career readiness across campus and beyond, and impact students in ways that are more equitable and sustainable.” — Bob Brower, president, Point Loma Nazarene University

“The University of Montana is adapting to meet our nation’s most pressing education and workforce challenges. Partnering with Kaplan on Career Core is our institution’s next step towards expanding career readiness and workplace training. University of Montana initiatives, such as ElevateU and Accelerate Montana, are helping ensure every student who steps foot on our campus has skills and job training that employers are looking for.  With a global economy that is rapidly changing, it is time for institutions of higher education to use the Career Core framework to collaborate with industries to meet the needs of our students and address the growing workforce demands in Montana and across the nation.” — Seth Bodnar, president, University of Montana

The service is set to launch for the 2021-22 academic year. Interested partners can learn more here or email careercore@kaplan.com for more information.

Reporters interested in covering this growing sector of the higher education landscape can contact Russell Schaffer at russell.schaffer@kaplan.com or 917.822.8190. 

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, 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, 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 Finds 72 Percent of College Students Support Vaccine Mandate on Campus; Mask Mandate Support at Near 80 Percent

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

Twitter: @KaplanEdNews, @KaplanSATACT

New York, NY (September 20, 2021) ⁠— With the fall semester underway and COVID’s Delta variant raging across many parts of the country, a new Kaplan survey, conducted by College Pulse, finds overwhelming support among college students for vaccine and mask mandates on campus*. Of the 1,001 college students across the United States polled this month, 72 percent support colleges requiring students to be vaccinated if they want to attend in-person classes. This is a slight increase from a previous Inside Higher Ed/College Pulse Student Voice survey completed in May, which was sponsored by Kaplan, when 69 percent supported a vaccine mandate. The survey findings come on the heels of a number of colleges reporting a spike in COVID cases, forcing them to temporarily pivot back to remote learning.

As one pro-mandate student shared, “Public health is not a personal freedom. You not getting vaccinated puts everyone at risk.” One student who stands against the mandate said, “If I have a 99.9 percent survival rate from COVID and a healthy immune system, why would I ever be concerned?”

The survey also confirms a deep partisan divide regarding vaccinations that exists across the country. Of the students surveyed who self-identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters, 96 percent support a vaccine mandate at colleges, up from 90 percent in the survey completed in May. But among those who self-identify as Republican or Republican-leaning voters, the percentage is just 24, significantly down from 37 percent in the survey completed in May.

Strong Support for Mask Requirements

The survey also finds strong support for masking, with 79 percent favoring a mask mandate for indoor settings. Some in the survey begrudgingly support this, saying if they are already vaccinated, masking up may be overkill. And just like on the vaccine mandate question, the partisan divide is strong, with 94 percent of Democrats supporting it, but only 33 percent of Republicans in favor of it.

Vaccination Status and Community Engagement

Whether or not a college student gets the shot may also impact their social life, the survey also finds, with 63 percent saying that someone’s vaccination status plays an important role in their decision to spend time in person together. One student who said vaccination status was a factor shared, “I’m vaccinated, so I’m not too worried about myself. Most people I know are vaccinated and those who aren’t we are probably not agreeing on much lately and may not be hanging out with them right now anyway.” An opposing viewpoint came from another student who said, “Seems very elitist to not interact with someone based on their vaccination status.”

“College students remain eager for a return to normalcy, and most think that for their own safety and the safety of those around them that vaccination and mask mandates, though controversial in some quarters, remain the best solutions to get there,” said Isaac Botier, executive director of college admissions programs, Kaplan. 

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

*Based on the results of an e-survey conducted September 7-9, 2021 of 1,001 four-year college and community college students from across the United States.

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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Survey: Nearly 80 Percent of College Students Want Legacy Admissions Banned

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 (July 20, 2021) ⁠— Being the child of an alumnus should not give a college applicant an admissions edge, according to results of a new Student Voice survey, conducted by Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse and presented by Kaplan*. Of the more than 2,000 college students polled, 79 percent support (54 percent “strongly”; 25 percent “somewhat”) the end of legacy admissions. The call to egalitarianism comes in the aftermath of the Varsity Blues scandal and, more recently, the move by the state of Colorado banning legacy admissions for all state colleges and universities. 

According to research, legacy students constitute a significant share of students among the most competitive (mostly private) colleges and universities across the country. Harvard’s next graduating class is more than one-third legacy, for example. But as many Ivy Leagues stand by their legacy traditions, other top schools are beginning to cast them aside, including most prominently Johns Hopkins University. The University of California system, the nation’s largest public university system, has not considered legacy in its admissions process since the 1990s. At some top private schools, where legacy is much more prevalent than at public schools, some students have been petitioning their administrations to end the practice. Additionally, this fall, a group of alumni and current students from some top colleges and universities plan to start a national campaign to discourage graduates from giving to their alma maters until legacy admissions at their school is ended.

While many who call for the ending of legacy admissions see it as an issue of fairness—it has its roots in the 1920s as a way to keep out Jews, immigrants, and non-white studentsothers point to its modern-day benefits, saying that admitting the children of alumni can boost scholarship giving by wealthier families. The CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, himself a former admissions chief at a private college, suggests that ending legacy admissions would harm colleges’ ability to enroll low-income students

“Many college students view legacy admissions as an issue of social justice, and they see it as giving an unfair advantage to applicants who already have a lot going for them,” said Brian Carlidge, vice president of pre-college programs, Kaplan. “It’s important to note, however, that while legacy may put the thumb on the scale for some applicants, most colleges still focus on the traditional admissions factors like standardized test scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, and personal essays. How you do in those areas, regardless of who your parents are, will still largely determine where you get in. With so many calls for change in higher education, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more colleges sunsetting their legacy policies, with much of the energy for its demise coming from the grassroots.”

For more information, read Inside Higher Ed’s article, featuring additional results and analysis.

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

*Based on the results of an e-survey conducted in June 2021 of 2,035 four-year college and community college students from across the United States.

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 Schweser Opens 2021 Review Course Registration for Financial Data Professional Institute to Help Working Professionals Earn Their Credential

Live Online Course Offered in Fall 2021

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Press Contact: Gregory Ten Eyck, gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu , 954.515.3026

Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 19, 2021) ⁠— Kaplan Schweser, the world leader in financial educational services, has opened registration for the 2021 FDP® Exam Review Course for the Financial Data Professional® (FDP) exam, which will be offered Sept. 13-17*. This FDP Charter is administered by the Financial Data Professional Institute® and is designed to help financial professionals become experts in the emerging field of data science and its practical applications in the financial sector.  

The live, online prep course will feature three-hour sessions delivered over the course of five consecutive evenings this Fall, and will be taught by Dr. Javed Ahmed. With experience in banking, finance, forecasting, risk management, consulting, policy, and behavioral economics, Javed has led development of analytic applications for large organizations including Amazon and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and has served as a researcher with the Office of Financial Research (U.S. Treasury). 

The FDP Charter will be granted by the FDP Institute to individuals who successfully complete prerequisite requirements and pass the high-stakes exam focused on big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning applications in the financial industry. All pre-course sessions will be recorded to allow students to review them at any time until the day of their test. Kaplan Schweser’s FDP Exam Review Course even provides opportunities for direct engagement with the instructor and other students. These prep courses are  intended to augment the 250 hours of expected preparation for the exam.

According to reporting by Bloomberg and data from LinkedIn, job listings requiring data science skills in the financial industry increased nearly 60% last year. 

“The importance of having strong data science knowledge among those working in the financial sector has never been greater. For financial professionals to succeed in their current job and also have the opportunity to advance in their career tracks, having these data science skills along with the credential can be invaluable,” said Dr. Ahmed. 

“The pace of digital transformation has accelerated and at its core, mass scale adoption of AI and data science is driving the future of financial services. The FDP Charterholders have the skills and tool sets to enable the application of data science in finance,” said Mehrzad Mahdavi, PhD, executive director of FDP Institute. “We are delighted to have Kaplan provide the prep course to augment the FDP curriculum. This combination will provide candidates with a rich set of practical training material.”

Kaplan Schweser and FDP Institute offer free informational webinars to help prospective students decide if the course is right for them and to explain the essentials for people at various job-levels to know about data science. To register, visit https://www.schweser.com/fdp/free-study-materials/webinars.

To enroll in the course, visit https://www.schweser.com/fdp/study-materials

To speak with a Kaplan spokesperson about data and analytics training, please contact Greg Ten Eyci at 954-515-3026 or gregory.teneyck@kaplan.edu

*Dates, times, and instructors are subject to change.

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 www.kaplan.com.

About the Financial Data Professional Institute

The FDP Institute educates financial professionals about the emerging field of data science and its practical applications in the financial sector. It awards the FDP Charter to candidates who complete its exam successfully. The FDP curriculum prepares professionals to gain deeper knowledge of data science and its use. For more information, please visit www.fdpinstitute.org

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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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