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.