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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 begin 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 concludes that test preparation like that provided by Kaplan helps students raise their test scores. This led to legislation to help make the university admissions process more transparent and encouraged more students to believe a college education was within their reach.

1984

Kaplan, now with over 100 centers around the US, is acquired by The Washington Post Company (now called Graham Holdings Company).

1993

Kaplan expands beyond the US with a test prep center in London.

1994

Jonathan Grayer, a young, dynamic executive from within The Washington Post Company, is appointed CEO of Kaplan at the age of 29. He builds a talented management team, including current Kaplan Chairman and CEO Andy Rosen, setting the foundation for the company’s future growth.

1996

Kaplan enters the K-8 market with the acquisition of Score Learning Inc. (today Kaplan Kids), a provider of online learning and after-school tutoring for children.

1998

Concord Law School makes history as the world’s first fully online law school. Kaplan forays into professional training with the acquisition of Dearborn Publishing.

2000

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

2001

Kaplan offers three online higher education programs to just 34 students. Today, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global) has multiple campuses and more than 100 online programs, serving more than 59,000 students.

2003

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

2004

Kaplan exceeds $1 billion in revenue and becomes the largest and fastest-growing business unit of The Washington Post Company.

2006

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

The Kaplan Educational Foundation is launched, our largest philanthropic effort to date.

2007

The Washington Post Company 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

After 17 years at Kaplan, Jonathan Grayer resigns and Andy Rosen is appointed Kaplan, Inc’s new Chairman and CEO. As CEO of Kaplan Higher Education, Rosen redefined the higher ed landscape, bringing online and campus learning opportunities to working adults.

2011

CEO Andy Rosen’s book,  “Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy,” attracts 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 helps underscore Kaplan’s important contribution to the ongoing education debate about how best to improve student performance.

2012

Kaplan teams with a university partner 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.

2014

Kaplan enters the New Economy Skills Training field with its launch of Metis, which offers intensive bootcamps and corporate training programs in the field of data science.

2015

Kaplan acquired SmartPros, a leading U.S. provider of online professional education and training, primarily in the field of accountancy. This acquisition complements Kaplan’s market leadership in accountancy training in the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Kaplan International bought Mander Portman Woodward (MPW), one of the UK’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 UK, US and Australia.

Education Corporation of America, which operates private, accredited colleges in the U.S, acquired the 38 Kaplan College campuses, which also include Kaplan Career Institutes, TESST College of Technology and Texas School of Business locations.

2016

Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global) received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The determination continues KU’s regional accreditation for 10 years, through its 2025-2026 academic year.

The Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF) celebrates its 10 year anniversary. The Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) charity, was founded by Kaplan executives to help disadvantaged minority community college students complete their associate’s degrees and transfer to top U.S. colleges and universities.

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 will acquire Kaplan University and its institutional operations and assets, including its 15 campuses and learning centers, 32,000 students, 3,000 employees, and decades of experience in distance education. Kaplan University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education is not part of the acquisition.

Kaplan acquired Genesis Institute, a Dubai-based provider of CFA training programs in the Gulf States region. This move extends Kaplan’s already strong presence in the Middle East, offering clients access to its full suite of professional and licensure training products in accounting and financial services areas.

In Australia, Kaplan bought Red Marker, a pioneering machine learning and artificial intelligence firm, working in the RegTech sector. Before the acquisition, the companies partnered to create a groundbreaking new tool, Artemis, which uses AI technology to help financial services firms create and share compliant digital content.

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