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Florida Attorney General Finds No Violations by Kaplan Following Three-Year Review

Jun. 17, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, June 17, 2014 –  Kaplan, Inc., today announced that it has fully resolved an inquiry by the Florida Attorney General’s office. There were no violations by Kaplan or its higher education institutions and there were no deficiencies identified in any Kaplan practice.

Closure comes after a three-year review of Kaplan’s practices. The Attorney General’s office made clear in the agreement formally closing the inquiry that this resolution “shall not be construed as an admission of any past violation, or that any of Respondents’ past practices were in any way deemed less than satisfactory” by the Attorney General’s Office.

The inquiry resulted, in part, from well-publicized concerns about practices across the proprietary higher education sector. The Florida Attorney General sent requests for information to multiple institutions operating in Florida, including Kaplan. Kaplan fully cooperated with the inquiry.

Gregory Marino, CEO of the Kaplan Higher Education Group, stated, “We are glad to finally resolve this matter and we especially note that there was no finding of any violation or deficiency. Our employees work diligently every day to serve each of our students utilizing the highest standards of service. From the outset, we communicated our strong belief that there were no issues, and that was determined to be accurate and remains the case today.”

As part of the resolution, Kaplan agreed to an “Assurance of Voluntary Compliance” to continue its student-focused programs and best practices that foster greater transparency and help students make informed choices about their educational opportunities.

This includes the Kaplan Commitment, begun in 2010, which permits students to “test drive” their chosen program by taking real courses for credit for several weeks before incurring any financial obligation. This innovative and groundbreaking program was cited by the Attorney General in the agreement, noting it was designed “to help assure that students enrolling in Respondents’ educational facilities could be successful in their studies and pleased with their chosen program of study.” Kaplan will continue the Kaplan Commitment providing significant direct savings to students in lieu of donations to a general scholarship fund. More than 2,400 Florida students have benefited from the Kaplan Commitment.

In addition, Kaplan has agreed to go beyond its existing student safeguards and offer scholarships to students who voluntarily dropped from its certificate programs in an effort to help them finish their education. This unique scholarship offer will cover students who meet the criteria and did not complete their programs from January 2008 to November 2010.

Kaplan, Inc. (www.kaplan.com):

Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools, and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training, and programs for kids in grades K through 12. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division.


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