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Kaplan University

Written by Stephenie Slahor

If variety is the spice of life, variety of course and degree options is the spice of Kaplan University. The diverse curriculum marking Kaplan University gives law enforcement, public safety, and security students an opportunity to pursue general and/or specialized studies in police science, courts, law, corrections, addiction, management and supervision, security and information technology.

Kaplan University seeks to provide innovative undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs that launch, enhance or change careers. The university focuses on a student-centered service and support philosophy. Kaplan University is a part of Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaplan, Inc., itself a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

Founded in 1937 as the American Institute of Commerce, the university now has more than 61,000 online and campus-based students. Its main campus is in Davenport IA and its headquarters are in Chicago IL. More than half of Kaplan’s students are over age 30 so programs and support services are especially designed for adult learners.

Students pursuing Bachelors’ degrees make up 51 percent of the student body, with Associate degree students comprising 38 percent and Master’s or Juris Doctor degree students making up 9 percent of enrollment.

The variety of course and degree options in public safety marks the “real world” emphasis Kaplan promotes in its programs, particularly as they relate to the fast-emerging specializations incidental to police, fire, security and emergency management. Course emphasis is on relevancy in integration of concepts, effective communications, and creative and critical thinking skills.

Research, methodology, ethics, statistics, policy, communications, organizational behavior, communication skills, jurisprudence, legal history, risk assessment, budgeting and finance, planning, practices, and technology all receive emphasis in the various programs of potential interest to public safety, security, and emergency management personnel.

Some of the Kaplan University degree programs offer “advanced start” options in which students who have earned a comparable Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college may combine the career-oriented focus of a two-year degree with the academic curriculum of a four-year program. The combination of career and general coursework allows students to work while pursuing a degree. The advanced start option also includes students who have a bachelor’s degree, but who want to change careers and earn a second bachelor’s degree.

Online degree programs include Juris Doctor (law), Executive Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Services, Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Master of Science in Information Technology, and Master of Science in Legal Studies.

The Bachelor’s degrees are in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration and Management, Fire and Emergency Management, Fire Science, International and Comparative Criminal Justice Procedures and Investigations, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies, and Public Administration and Policy. The Associate’s degrees are in Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Computer Forensics, Information Technology, and Paralegal Studies.

Certificate programs are available in Cisco Networks, Computer Forensics, Crime Scene Technician, Corrections, Addictions, Information Security, Linux System Administration, Management and Supervision in Criminal Justice, National Security Administration, Microsoft Operating Systems, Oracle Database Administration, and Private Security Management.

Online courses are Web-based and can be tailored to the student’s curriculum and study time schedule. Lessons and assignments are delivered online, and e-mail and message boards round out communications with faculty and fellow students. In addition, technical support is available by phone, e-mail and live chat. The Kaplan Online Library offers access to over 50,000 e-books. Before enrolling, students are asked to confirm that they can use e-mail, access, create and save documents in Microsoft Office format, browse the Internet, configure common browser options, and run applications.

Innovative academic support is offered through advising, online tutoring, writing and mathematics labs, and online assessment programs to help students choose courses of study maximizing their career potential. Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

Tuition for undergraduate online programs is currently $371 per quarter credit hour, and approximately $441 per quarter credit hour for most graduate level courses. The university offers a 55 percent tuition reduction for active military personnel and reservists, a 38 percent discount for veterans, and a 10 percent tuition reduction for military spouses for all undergraduate online programs. For more information, log on to www.online.kaplanuniversity.edu, phone 866/527-5268, e-mail infoku@kaplan.edu, or write 550 West Van Buren Street, 7th floor, Chicago IL 60607.

Published in Law and Order, Jan 2012

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