Flexible Learning Options and Competency-Based Education

We offer an education based on real-world experience, on a schedule that fits in your real life.

Learning Options

Kaplan University gives you multiple options for starting your education. Learn online, on campus, or try a blended approach at one of our Learning Centers. Explore the flexibility and dynamic interaction of an education at Kaplan University today and prepare for a better tomorrow. 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—online, onsite, 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.

ExcelTrackTM

ExcelTrack is a personalized, competency-based option available for select programs. It gives you more control—getting you to the same degree faster, for less money.

We are a completely different kind of university—one that puts education above tradition, with technology that works for you, not the other way around. We offer a learning experience that's both customized and flexible, so you can study on your schedule, on your terms. With more than 180 degrees and programs, we put you first.

Our dedicated Education Advisors provide you with the academic support and personal attention when you need it most. Explore the flexibility and dynamic interaction of an online education at Kaplan University today.

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Our campuses provide you with learning opportunities from diplomas to master's degrees—all at one institution. With locations in Iowa, Nebraska, Maine, and Maryland, we provide the facilities, faculty, staff, and academic programs that could lead to your future success.

With Kaplan University, you have the advantage of a curriculum designed to help you reach your goals. Many Kaplan University programs are developed around the needs of local employers, which could allow you to become more competitive for jobs in your area.

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Whether you have home responsibilities, work commitments, or are a recent high school graduate, an educational experience that is designed to meet your wants and needs awaits you. Kaplan University’s career-focused programs combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience designed to assist students in developing professional attitudes, values, skills, and strategies that foster success in their careers and in life. Kaplan University Learning Centers feature onsite instructional locations combined with online courses. Students will take more than 50% of their program courses online.

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Kaplan University Competency Report FAQs

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.

  • What is the Kaplan University Competency Report?

    It is a tool that presents 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.

    It 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.

  • How is the Kaplan University Competency Report useful?

    The Competency Report, in combination with an official graded transcript, provides a more complete picture of a student’s academic achievement and how it relates to his or her career.

  • How is the mastery of learning outcomes measured?

    Using scoring rubrics, Kaplan University faculty assess each student's mastery of course-level 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 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?

    A grid containing the scale ranging from Introductory to Mastery appears next to each category of program outcomes listed on the Competency Report. The categories are:

    • Communication
    • Leadership and Teamwork
    • Professionalism and Ethics
    • Research and Analysis
    • Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

    The blue bar next to each category of program outcomes on the grid represents the level of mastery the student achieved.



  • How is mastery of learning outcomes related to course grades?

    Course grades are comprised of individual assignment grades, which reflect how well a student performs on a variety of criteria such as content knowledge, timeliness, fulfillment of assignment directions, formatting and style, as well as other coursework such as discussion boards, quizzes, and seminar attendance.

    By contrast, mastery of learning outcomes is measured solely on the content-specific criteria laid out in the scoring rubric.

    While learning outcomes data and course grades are both based on student assignments and coursework, each provides important insight into a student's performance and ability to engage in work-related activities and projects.

  • 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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