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Post Online Business and Management Courses at Kaplan University - November 25th, 2009

Kaplan University

Kaplan University is the doing business as name of the Iowa College Acquisition Corporation, a company that owns and operates independent, private, for-profit colleges. Kaplan University is predominantly a distance learning institution of higher education that is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The name comes from Stanley Kaplan, who founded Kaplan Test Prep..

Kaplan University offers associates, bachelors and masters degrees as well as certificates in fields such as education, business, information technology, arts and sciences, healthcare, nursing, criminal justice, and law. Kaplan serves more than 48,000 online and on-campus students. While Kaplan University is based in Davenport, Iowa, the main administration building is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to eight campuses in Iowa and Nebraska, Kaplan has online student support centers in Florida, Illinois and Arizona. Kaplan has more than 2,200 instructors, professors and administrators.

Course Format

Online instructors and professors are required to hold two online office hours per week, and are also available via email and have to respond within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends if a student emails them. Also, weekly discussion boards are a part of each class curriculum, with a specific discussion topic required weekly for student/peers and student/instructor interaction in order to learn and grow within the student's field. In addition, scheduled weekly seminar sessions are held online once a week in each class with audio chat capabilities available for most classes which is highly advised to attend but is not mandatory . Completing option 2, or an pre-expected and additional assignment, is left an option if life makes it impossible for the student to attend the scheduled weekly seminar session. Major core classes have required weekly exams which must be completed within the week in order to receive credit for taking the class, along with required weekly assignments that must be completed. Research papers are expected along with other types of writing papers and all students are fully required and expected to cite using APA format in order to avoid copy writing.

Many courses also have a complete series of pre-recorded video sessions which are designed to replace the course textbook as the primary source of information. The video sessions are also available in text form, as notes and transcripts are posted for students to download and study. Within this context, the course text becomes a supplemental source of information to back up and reinforce what the students learn during the video sessions.

Academic Programs

Associate’s Degrees


Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration

Program Highlights

* Develop skills in accounting, management, and software applications
* Explore business operations and refine your decision-making and problem-solving skills
* Apply the management theories and techniques acquired through your online coursework to real-world business scenarios through a capstone experience

Career Focus Areas for the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration

* Bank Teller
* Business
* Customer Service
* Event Planner
* Food/Hotel Management
* Health Club Associate
* Information Processing Technician
* Retail Management
* Sales
* Small Business Management
* Travel Counselor

Bachelor's Degrees


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

* Focus on developing critical thinking and communication skills and acquiring the technical competencies required to become an effective business leader
* Gain a detailed understanding of business functions including human resources, marketing, operations, finance, and accounting
* Examine group behavior and study to develop team-building and decision-making skills
* Complete a capstone course in which you will demonstrate your ability to apply the concepts learned online to real-world business management scenarios

Career Focus Areas for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

* Accelerated MBA Option
* Business Process Analyst
* Criminal Justice
* Entrepreneur
* Financial Analyst
* Human Resources
* Information Assurance
* Management
* Management of Information Systems
* Marketing
* Operations Manager
* Prelaw
* Project Management
* Project Management Analyst
* Purchasing Specialist
* Retail Manager
* Risk Management Analyst
* Sales Manager
* Web/E-commerce Manager

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management

Program Highlights


* Concepts of economics, ethics and values, environmental politics, business, law, culture, and property rights
* Study of the science of the environment and sustainability
* An examination of how institutions in society, including government, business, and nonprofits, participate in devising solutions to environmental issues
* Real problems and issues concerning the environment
* Opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving in the application of concepts and methods to issues at the local, national, and global level

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

* Planning, designing, managing, and evaluating electronic information systems
* Learning and applying research methods and critical thinking for health care issues, including the forces affecting health care delivery and health information systems
* Applying best practices in decision making regarding the management of health information
* Understanding basic supervisory and legal aspects of health information Comprehending the professional, ethical, and legal standards of health information management, as well as professional behaviors and problem solving
* Leveraging established methods for finding, evaluating, and using resources

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies


* Immediately transferable skills and competencies to help prepare students to understand, serve, and lead their organizations
* Written and verbal skills for effective communication in a broad variety of applications including writing and presenting reports and proposals
* Leadership and administrative competencies required by many organizations
* The application of quantitative reasoning, analysis skills, and critical thinking in real-world contexts
* Methods for researching, evaluating, and applying information to develop effective management skills in real-life situations

Master's Degrees

Master of Business Administration

* Create value in production and distribution of goods, services, and information throughout the supply chain
* Integrate business knowledge to take well-reasoned action in diverse situations
* Innovate to address business issues or establish new procedures within an existing process
* Generate a new business or establish new procedures within an existing business
* Demonstrate the leadership necessary to accomplish business goals and maximize organizational performance
* Evaluate the ethical and social implications of business decisions in a global context

Focused Specializations

* Entrepreneurship
* Finance
* Health Care Management
* Human Resources
* International Business
* Marketing
* Project Management
* Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Master of Science in Management

Program Highlights


* Analyzing theories and trends of leadership, organizational behavior and social responsibility, and ethics in making strategic business decisions
* Developing critical skills required to be a successful change agent-as an employee or consultant-to facilitate an organizational culture that supports business strategy
* Examining organizational finance practices and human resource management in today's dynamic and global marketplace
* Designing a capstone research project that integrates the theories explored in your online coursework with practical real-world application

Areas of Specialization for the Master of Science in Management

* Change Leadership
* Health Care Management
* Human Resources
* Project Management
* Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Contact Info

1801 East Kimberly Road, Suite 1
Davenport, IA 52807
Tel: 866.527.5268 (Toll Free)
International Telephone: 011.954.515.4015
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