Kaplan, Inc. (kaplan.com), a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, is a global, diversified education leader specializing in higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training and university pathway programs. Kaplan is recognized for its leadership in providing online learning, recruiting international students and improving student outcomes.
Kaplan’s operations are organized into three segments:
Kaplan Higher and Professional Education
Kaplan Higher Education, entered into an agreement to contribute the institutional assets and operations of its primarily online university to a new, non-profit, public benefit corporation affiliated with Purdue University, in exchange for a Transition and Operations Support Agreement, for Kaplan to provide key non-academic operations support to the new university: Purdue University Global.
This effectively moved Kaplan out of operating career-focused schools of higher education in the US. Today, Kaplan is now focused on its role as a strategic partner, which can bring a broad array of services, products and collaborative activities to both public and private colleges and universities both in the US and overseas. It continues to operate several universities outside the US, through its international unit.
Kaplan Professional is a leading international provider of training and education services operating in more than 30 countries and working with over 10,000 corporations and businesses globally. Kaplan Professional helps professionals obtain and maintain in-demand certifications, licenses and designations that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers. Through live and online instruction, Kaplan Professional provides test preparation, licensing, continuing education, and professional development programs to businesses and individuals in the accounting, engineering, insurance, securities, real estate, financial planning, and information technology industries. In 2017, more than 491,000 used these exam preparation offerings. In 2018, Kaplan Professional acquired the College For Professional Planning (CFFP) to complement its existing CFP education offerings.
Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan is the world leader in test preparation and has served millions of students since its founding 80 years ago. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings, in-person classes, books and software, Kaplan Test Prep offers preparation for more than 100 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.
During 2017, Kaplan Test Prep enrolled over 350,000 students in its courses, including more than 175,000 enrolled in online programs.
This unit also include Metis, which offers short, intensive bootcamps, professional development courses and corporate training programs in the area of data science. Metis has locations in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
Kaplan’s international programs are designed to help students achieve specific educational goals and provide career qualifications that enable them to compete effectively in a global marketplace.
Based in London, Kaplan International English offers English-language training through 38 schools located in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Ranging in length from two to 52 weeks, programs include Vacation, General, and Intensive English as well as English for Business. In 2017, KI English served about 47,000 students from over 150 countries.
Also based in London, Kaplan International Pathways offers a range of academic preparation programs designed for international students who wish to study in English-speaking countries. KI Pathways partners with more than 40 universities globally, to offer both on-campus pathways programs (in the U.K., U.S. and Australia) and in-country programs in Nigeria, South Africa, Japan and China; these programs served about 12,000 students in 2016. As well, Kaplan Residences works with university partners in the U.K. to develop and manage campus residences and other facilities; locations include Glasgow, Nottingham, Bournemouth, and Liverpool. In addition to bringing students to campus, Kaplan helps university partners host their academic programs in other countries, delivering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students living in Singapore, Hong Kong and surrounding countries as well as online through its Open Learning division.
KI Pathways also operates Mander Portman Woodward (MPW), a leading U.K. independent sixth-form college that prepares students for A-level exams and entry into U.K. universities; MPW operates three schools in London.
Kaplan Financial UK is a leading provider of professional training, test preparation services and degrees for accounting and financial services professionals, including those studying for ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW qualifications. Kaplan Financial UK serves over 52,000 students and many top firms and has 22 training centers in the U.K.
Dublin Business School is the largest private business school in Ireland, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Kaplan Professional is Australia’s largest provider of professional education for the financial services, tax and accounting, and real estate sectors, serving approximately 43,000 students through online or distance-learning programs and approximately 1,800 students through face-to-face programs within Kaplan Business School. In 2017, Kaplan Australia acquired Red Marker, a machine learning and artificial intelligence-based provider of regulatory software, broadening its own portfolio of compliance solutions for the financial services sector.
Further, Kaplan Business School in Australia operates four campuses (in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane) and serves about 1,800 students from more than 60 countries, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in such areas as accounting, business, management, marketing, and hospitality and tourism.
In Singapore, Kaplan operates three units. Kaplan Higher Education Institute provides part-time courses to local students and Kaplan Higher Education Academy offers full-time courses to international and domestic students, with degrees awarded in partnership with universities based in Australia, the U.K., and Ireland; together these units about 17,000 students in 2017 Kaplan Professional in Singapore provides short-term professional training to about 37,000 managers, executives and businesspeople.
Kaplan also offers professional and higher education programs in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Malaysia.