CA CC & Kaplan

In case you haven’t heard, the California Community College District has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Kaplan University whereby students at CCs can take classes at Kaplan for a discount. Sounds good until you read the small print:

#1 Kaplan’s courses cost almost 10 times more than courses at California’s Community Colleges.

#2 Students would have to make sure that the Kaplan class would be acceptable for credit at the community college.

# 3 Even if the Kaplan course is accepted at the Community College there is no guarantee that the school that they transfer to will accept the Kaplan course.

Thanksfully, none of the Community Colleges in Kaplan have signed up to take advantage of the “help” offered from Kaplan, but Kaplan has helped themselves to the reputation of the California Community College system. Kaplan’s plan might be to “encourage” Community College students to transfer to Kaplan to complete their undergraduate degree. Kaplan’s reputation in high education circles is so-so, at best.

Be aware of what’s going on in higher education as costs are going up and what you get for your money seems to be less and less.

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2 thoughts on “CA CC & Kaplan

  1. While the reputation of Kaplan is “so so” at best (agreed), as with all of the for profit online universities; one will get out of it what they put into it. This is actually the same as any university, public or private.

    Having been a Kaplan student post graduating with 2 degrees from a top 50 school, I can attest that I learned more / worked more in an online course than I did on campus.

    That said – to your point of the article; certainly Kaplan offering ‘help’ is another way for them to attract students. Certainly, it is a form of marketing. Certainly, it costs more money; that said, thousands of public and other for profit colleges had the opportunity to step up to the plate and did not choose to do so. I applaud Kaplan’s quick initiative.

    And while more expensive, we also have to remember the following: 1) Classes are smaller (max 25 / student) 2) FA is available for those who qualify 3) The cost is still half that of what a California 4 yr university would be.

    As with anything, there are positives and negatives; what is important to recognize here is that no one else showed the initiative to help the Cal. community colleges in such a bold way.

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