Message From the President - December 2016

A Message From Betty Vandenbosch, PhD, President


At the end of every year, we always feel compelled to look back and see what happened in the year that just passed.  For Kaplan University, it was a very good year indeed.

Our seventh annual Kaplan University Academic Report, The Year in Review was recently published. This 55-page report is the work of many here at the University and provides details about what's important:  learning, graduation and employment.

It covers the academic year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 and exhibits what we are most proud of - the transformative difference we make in the lives of our students and graduates.

Two studies from outside the University are highlighted in the report:

  • The first is a case study published by Ithaka S+R, an independent nonprofit that helps the academic community navigate change.  Their work focused on our approach to learning engineering as well as our research pipeline to improve student outcomes.  It is noted on page 25 and can be found online at

  • The second is a first-of-its-kind study conducted by noted economist Dr. Robert J. Shapiro regarding our graduates' earning outcomes on page 38.

Additional highlights from the Academic Report include:

  • Kaplan University conferred 12,742 degrees.
  • Nearly three-in-four (74%) of Kaplan University students were female with six-in-ten (60%) over the age of 30, similar to prior years.
  • While more than four-in-five (84%) KU students had some postsecondary education prior to enrolling at KU, more than half (55%) came from backgrounds where neither parent attended college.
  • More than 16,000 students (16,147) were awarded $34.5 million in scholarships and grants.
  • Under KU's credit transfer program, 13,788 students received a total of 783,469 transfer credits, representing a total student's savings of more than $256 million in the academic year.
  • Since 2008, the University has been surveying final-term students to gauge their KU experience. In 2015-2016, more than nine-in-ten (91%) believe what they learned at KU will help them reach their personal and career goals. Additional results from the survey are included in the Report starting on page 29.
  • Focused on offering the most current and relevant courses and programs designed to meet the needs of employers, under its systemic review process based on rigorous data analysis, 57 courses were developed and 607 courses were revised.
  • Acknowledged as a military-friendly school by multiple sources including Military Advanced Education & Transition, Kaplan University is the academic choice of more than 8,700 military-related students including active U.S. military, veterans and military spouses.
  • The University annually invests in institutional research through its Research Pipeline to improve student learning and performance. Some of the most exciting work has come from research on increasing students' motivation to succeed and persist. This is described on page 24 of the Report.

You can read the Report here.

Wishing you the best during this holiday season!

Dr. Betty Vandenbosch
Kaplan University 

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