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KAPLAN'S HISTORY
Transforming Lives for More Than 80 Years

KAPLAN'S HISTORY
Transforming Lives for More Than 80 Years

A Mission-Driven Heritage with Simple Beginnings

Kaplan is one of the world’s largest and most diverse education providers—with about 10,000 employees working across 28 countries—serving students and professionals, businesses, and universities globally. Who we are now is the result of the passionate pursuit of making education accessible and beneficial through more than 80 years of innovation through changing landscapes. We have adapted. We have led. Our students and partners have succeeded. And, it all started in a basement in Brooklyn.

1938

Stanley Kaplan starts tutoring students in the basement of his parents’ Brooklyn home. Many of his students were from immigrant families, eager to pursue higher education and achieve success in America.

1945

American universities began relying more heavily on standardized tests as a measure of student potential. While test-makers claimed these exams were not coachable, Kaplan knew that it was possible for people to improve their scores with the right preparation.

1979

The Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. government’s consumer protection agency, concluded that test preparation like that provided by Kaplan helps students raise their test scores. This led to legislation that made the university admissions process more transparent and encouraged more students to believe a college education was within their reach.

1984

Kaplan, which by the 1980s grew to more than 100 centers around the U.S., was acquired by The Washington Post Co. (now called Graham Holdings Co.).

1993

Kaplan expanded beyond the U.S. with a test prep center in London.

1998

Kaplan’s Concord Law School made history as the world’s first fully online law school. Kaplan also acquired Dearborn Publishing, adding professional real estate training offerings for customers.

2000

Kaplan enters the higher education market with the acquisition of Quest Education Corp., a publicly traded network of career colleges. Higher education becomes Kaplan’s biggest business.

2001

Kaplan offered three online higher education programs to just 34 students. Over the next decade, these grew to more than 175 online programs serving thousands of students, most of them working adults.

2003

Kaplan furthered its international expansion with the acquisitions of The Financial Training Company (U.K. and Asia) and Dublin Business School (Ireland).

2006

Kaplan became one of the world’s largest providers of academic English programs with the acquisition of Aspect, based in London, and expanded its financial and real estate training business to Australia.

The Kaplan Educational Foundation launched and became our largest philanthropic effort.

2007

The Washington Post Co. officially declares itself an “education and media company” to reflect the rise of Kaplan within the company.

In response to great demand for western-style education in China, Kaplan introduces pre-university foundation programs and degrees from western universities in several Chinese cities.

2008

Andy Rosen was appointed Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc.

2011

CEO Andy Rosen’s book, Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy, attracted critical acclaim for its insights on the status of U.S. higher education and call for change to improve learning outcomes, expand access, lower costs, and increase accountability. The book’s publication also helped underscore Kaplan’s important contribution to the ongoing education debate about how best to improve student performance.

2012

Kaplan teamed up with the University of Glasgow to open its first student residence facilities for international pathway students in the U.K. These residences set new standards by incorporating learning science principles into the design of the dormitories to help students assimilate to their new surroundings and support their academic work.

2015

Kaplan International bought Mander Portman Woodward (MPW), one of the U.K.’s most prestigious independent sixth-form college groups, offering A level and GCSE credentials. Founded in 1973, MPW operates three schools in London, Cambridge, and Birmingham and prepares local and international students for entry into top universities in the U.K., U.S., and Australia.

2016

ACT, Inc., makers of the ACT® test, the most popular college readiness test in the U.S., and Kaplan Test Prep joined in an exclusive partnership to create a new online ACT preparation program offering live, content-based instruction from teachers. The program is available at no cost to low-income students and to all students at a significantly lower cost than traditional prep programs.

2017

Purdue University, Indiana’s leading public research university, announced the creation of a new, online public university that will expand access to higher education for millions of working adults and others. To launch the new university, Purdue acquired Kaplan University and its institutional operations and assets, while retaining Kaplan as a managed service provider (MSP).

2017

Kaplan expanded its footprint into the Middle East-North Africa region with the acquisition of Genesis Institute, a Dubai-based provider of CFA® training. We also expanded into new technical areas with the acquisition of Australia-based Red Marker, a pioneering machine learning and artificial intelligence firm working in the RegTech sector.

2018

Kaplan acquired iHuman Patients, a platform with interactive simulations for training healthcare practitioners, and The College for Financial Planning, an accredited trainer offering degrees and certification programs for financial planning professionals.

2019

Kaplan International acquired ESL and Alpadia, two Europe-based language training companies, expanding its language learning offerings to English, French, German, and Spanish.

2020

Kaplan helped Wake Forest University launch its Financial services and FinTech hub in Charlotte, NC, with the goal of providing executive education that leads to industry-recognized certifications and designations.

2021

Kaplan introduced Credegree™, which creates career readiness programs by pairing industry-recognized credentials with a university partner’s traditional degree offerings; it launched with its first announced partner, the University of Montana.

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