Kaplan University

Kaplan University

Infobox University

name=Kaplan University
established=1937 as the American Institute of Commerce
type=For-profit online university
president=Andrew S. Rosen
campus=Online and Davenport, IA
calendar type=Quarter hour
affiliations=Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, The Washington Post Company, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
website= [http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu www.kaplanuniversity.edu]

Kaplan University is the doing business as name [ [http://www.sos.state.ia.us/Search/corp/corp_search.asp?Corp=kaplan+university&submittedcorp=1&btncorp=Search&cboRows=10 Iowa Secretary of State Filings] ] of the Iowa College Acquisition Corporation, a company that owns and operates independent, private, for-profit colleges. Kaplan University is predominantly a distance learning institution of higher learning that is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and headquartered in Davenport, IA. Kaplan University offers certificates and associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in fields such as education, business, technology, arts and sciences, healthcare, nursing, criminal justice, and law. The university currently enrolls more than 41,000 online and on-campus students. In addition to eight campuses in Iowa and Nebraska, Kaplan University has support centers in South Florida, Chicago and Phoenix. The university has more than 1,400 employees in South Florida, as well as more than 600 in Chicago and 100 in Phoenix.

The university is owned by Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.


The American Institute of Commerce was established in 1937 before changing its name to Quest College. In November 2000, Quest College's name was changed to Kaplan College after Kaplan, Inc. acquired it with the purchase of Quest Education Corporation.

In September 2004, Kaplan College officially changed its name to Kaplan University after it was granted permission to offer graduate-level degree programs.

The university’s School of Nursing was awarded a national professional accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in April 2006 from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In October 2007, all seven Iowa- and Nebraska-based Hamilton College (Iowa) campuses merged with Kaplan University and are now operating under the Kaplan University brand as Kaplan campuses.

Concord Law School merged with Kaplan University in October 2007 changing its name to Concord Law School of Kaplan University. Concord is not recognized by the American Bar Association [ [http://www.abanet.org/legaled/distanceeducation/distance.html ABA website] ] and the State Bar of California does not accredit online institutions, although students with non-ABA-accredited law degrees are allowed to take California's bar examination and practice law once admitted to the bar. [ [http://www.calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10115&id=5128#CLC California State Bar website] ]

Academic offerings

Kaplan University is academically organized into ten schools.

* Arts and Sciences
* Business
* Criminal Justice
* Education
* Health Sciences
* Information Systems and Technology
* Legal Studies
* Nursing
* Kaplan Continuing Education
* Concord Law School of Kaplan University

External links

* [http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu Kaplan University]


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