DAVENPORT, Iowa — April 16, 2013 — Kaplan University has been selected to participate in a national pilot program that will examine the potential of massive open online courses (MOOCs), including how these courses could be integrated into traditional degree completion programs.
Funded through an American Council on Education (ACE) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) pilot program will help determine how students succeed at higher education institutions after having received credit for a MOOC.
"Kaplan University is delighted to be selected to join in what promises to be a significant effort. The pilot program represents an important step forward for higher education, especially as it relates to our students and their educational and professional journeys," said Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University Provost.
"Understanding how MOOC completion and ACE course approval contribute to student academic success downstream is a critical piece of research to complete. It will help transform the MOOC debate into a discussion of academic consequences and value," added Dr. Peter Smith, Kaplan Higher Education Group's senior vice president for academic strategy and development.
Kaplan University was one of only a handful of institutions selected to participate. The others are: American Public University System, Central Michigan University, Regis University, SUNY Empire State, University of Maryland University College and Western Carolina University.
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Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 44,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
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