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1938

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

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.

1975

1975

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

1984

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

1993

1993

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

1994

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. Click here to learn more about Jonathan Grayer.

1996

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

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

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

2001

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

2003

2003

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

2004

2004

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

2006

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

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

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.

2010

2010

Kaplan University, in response to calls for greater transparency for students enrolling in college, inaugurates The Kaplan Commitment, which permits first-time students to enroll in the program of their choice at no cost during a trial period to ensure it is appropriate for them and they can handle the work.  This costly program wins Kaplan support from policy-makers in Washington and sets the bar for other colleges to follow or modify.  It continues to distinguish Kaplan as an industry leader.  

2011

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

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

2014

Kaplan enters the New Economy Skills Training field, acquiring the lead software-development school Dev Bootcamp to augment its internally-developed Metis operation, and to stake out a prominent role in the immersive computer coding and software-development training field   

2015

2015

Forbes magazine names Kaplan among the top 100 of “America’s Best Employers for 2015.”  Kaplan ranked #92 on Forbes’ ranking of 500 U.S. employers across 25 industries.

 

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