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What You Need to Know About Online Learning

iStudySmart.com has entered into an educational alliance with Kaplan University. By partnering with Kaplan, iStudySmart.com is helping you earn a degree online, at a reduced tuition rate, so that you can have a richer career.


What is online learning all about?

As an accredited university, Kaplan University has demonstrated that it meets the rigorous standards of quality established by higher education accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 


The increased awareness of the quality of online degree programs is also driving greater acceptance by both adult learners and employers. Eduventures, an independent education research company, recently highlighted the following statistics regarding online degree enrollment: 


  • By 2010, online learners will represent 10 percent of all degree-seeking students.
  • Enrollment in online degree programs is the principal force driving growth in U.S. postsecondary education enrollment.
  • Online academic institutions (like Kaplan University) grew enrollment by 54 percent since 2004 versus only 7 percent enrollment growth by traditional nonprofit universities. 

Online degree programs greatly appeal to adult learners for a variety of reasons. First, Fortune 500 corporations are establishing alliances with online universities, like Kaplan, as a way to further educate their employees. These alliances provide employees with a reduced tuition rate, which allows them to maximize their company’s tuition assistance program.


Kaplan University’s online degree programs also allow you to pursue your degree while maintaining your career and family commitments. You can continue to focus on your career while obtaining the new knowledge and educational background often required for advanced career success. 


Lastly, Kaplan University’s online courses allow you to work on projects that reflect your interest and work responsibilities, allowing you to connect your learning to your existing knowledge base and work experience.


Is Kaplan University a respected education provider?

Kaplan University has over 100 different degree programs in a variety of disciplines including business, criminal justice, education, information technology, legal studies, and health care. Many programs allow you to tailor your educational program to your career goals.


It is also important to know that we are part of a company that has a long history and tradition of being an academic pioneer and career-maker. Founded in 1938, Kaplan, Inc., is a leading global provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools, and businesses. The company serves more than one million students annually and has four main areas of focus: Kaplan Kids and Schools, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Kaplan Professional, and Kaplan Higher Education, of which Kaplan University is a part. A subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, Kaplan Inc., had 2007 revenues of more than $2 billion. Earning your degree at Kaplan University means that you can become part of this rich tradition of quality education.

Do I have what it takes to be a successful online student?

If you are a working professional hungry to pursue new career possibilities, an online degree is definitely worth considering. Yet, while Kaplan University can provide the rigorous online educational experience you are looking for, only you can determine if it is right for you.  Successful online learners …   


  • Show self-motivation: Successful online learners understand that the freedom and flexibility provided by online programs comes with individual responsibility because most of the online learning happens on your schedule. Learning online requires a student to be committed to their educational goals.  
  • Make a time commitment: One of the myths about online education is that it is easier than traditional classroom programs. That is not the case. Online programs offer a rigorous academic experience; they just happen to be more flexible and accommodating to working adult learners.
  • Have a support system: Successful online learners do a wonderful job of eliciting the support of work colleagues, family, and friends. Because of the time commitment involved in pursuing a degree online, it helps to surround yourself with people who respect what you are trying to do. 

How do I learn more about enrolling at Kaplan University?

If you are ready to pursue your goal of earning a degree online and feel that Kaplan University is the right choice for you, contact a Kaplan University Admissions Advisor to get started. Your Admissions Advisor will determine if you have transfer credits or experiences which could count toward your degree. They will also figure out which program is right for you based on your career goals. Lastly, your Admissions Advisor will explain financial options including how to maximize the reduced tuition rate provided to all Nurse Together employees.


To learn more and to get started, check out the Kaplan University website designed for iStudySmart.com at www.istudysmart.kaplan.edu or call 800.926.9836 (Toll Free).


--  Article by Dr. Robert Rodriguez, Assistant Dean at Kaplan University

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