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    Kaplan University programs help students acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed to be successful in their current and future careers. 

    We believe that the classroom—onsite, online, or a combination of both—is the environment best suited for students to acquire competencies; it is where they learn, practice applying what they learn, and demonstrate mastery that translates to a work-related setting. Learning is both instructor-led and collaborative with extensive peer-to-peer interaction.

    Kaplan University Competency Report

    Beyond a traditional official graded transcript, each student enrolled in a degree program at Kaplan University has access to a Competency Report. The Competency Report shows a student's capacity, demonstrated throughout his or her program, to effectively apply the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required to execute work-related activities and projects. The graded transcript combined with the Competency Report provides Kaplan University graduates with the tools to convey what they can offer prospective and/or current employers.

  • Kaplan University Competency Report FAQs

  • What is the Kaplan University Competency Report?

    The Kaplan University Competency Report reflects a student's capacity, demonstrated throughout his or her degree program(s)  at the University, to effectively apply the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required to execute work-related activities and projects.

    The Competency Report contains a list of competencies and a descriptor next to each denoting the level of mastery achieved. 

    The Competency Report is visible to each student in the KU Campus student portal at any time during his or her degree program and is available as a printable PDF.

    Students can tailor the printed report for the intended recipient by choosing which competencies to include.

    How is the Kaplan University Competency Report useful?

    The Competency Report highlights work-relevant competencies a student demonstrates throughout his or her degree program at Kaplan University that official graded transcripts may not explicitly show. 

    The combination of an official graded transcript and the Competency Report provides a more complete picture of a student’s academic achievement and the competencies important to his or her career.

    How is student performance measured to determine competencies?

    Using scoring rubrics, Kaplan University faculty assess each student's mastery of learning outcomes. These learning outcomes focus on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors a student strives to master upon completion of a course or program.

    What is the scale used to show the level of competency mastery?

     The competency scale used with the scoring rubric consists of five levels:

    • No Progress (0)
    • Introductory (1)
    • Emergent (2) 
    • Practiced (3)
    • Proficient (4)
    • Mastery (5)     

    No Progress: Student's work demonstrates no understanding or progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.

    Introductory: Student demonstrates rudimentary understanding and minimal progress toward the achievement of the learning outcome.

    Emergent: Student's work demonstrates general understanding and some progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.

    Practiced: Student's work demonstrates clear understanding and good progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.

    Proficient: Student's work demonstrates strong comprehension and sufficient progress toward achievement of the learning outcome.

    Mastery: Student's work demonstrates exemplary comprehension and full achievement of the learning outcome.

    How do I read the Kaplan University Competency Report?

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    Sample Competency Report (Click to View in New Window)

    A grid containing the competency scale appears next to each competency listed on the Competency Report. 

    The blue-colored bar next to each competency on the grid represents the level of mastery the student achieved.

    How are competencies related to course grades?

    Course grades are comprised of individual assignment grades a student achieves in a course. Assignment grades reflect how well a student performs on a scored item against a variety of criteria which may include demonstration of content knowledge, timeliness, fulfillment of assignment directions, and formatting and style.

    By contrast, a competency score is based on criteria related solely to the learning outcomes associated with the competency.

    While competencies and course grades are related to each other, each provides important insight into a student's performance related to his or her field of study.

    Is the Kaplan University Competency Report official?

    The information provided in the Kaplan University Competency Report is validated by Kaplan University. Because the information is customized and printed by the student, the Kaplan University Competency Report is always considered an unofficial document.

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