Maricopa Colleges, Kaplan Univ. team up to provide degrees

Maricopa Community Colleges and Kaplan University announced a new partnership that is designed to help students throughout Arizona achieve their goal of cost-effectively earning a bachelor’s degree in high demand fields of study.

The agreement includes a new 3+1 option that enables students to continue seamlessly their studies at Maricopa for up to three years before transferring to Kaplan University to complete their major requirements for a bachelor’s degree, according to a press release.

“The flexible transfer pathways from Maricopa Community Colleges to Kaplan University maximize credit transfer and therefore provide a very cost-effective option for students to earn both an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree to prepare for some of the most in-demand jobs in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area,” stated Dr. Rufus Glasper, Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor, in the release.

Maricopa is one of the largest multi-college community college systems in the United States, serving nearly 265,000 students, the release stated.

How the 3+1 option works:

Students consult both a Maricopa and Kaplan University academic adviser to determine the corresponding associate’s degree pathway that best matches the student’s educational and career goals. While studying at Maricopa, students complete specific requirements in addition to their associate’s degree requirements, according to the release.

The maximum number of transfer credits varies per Kaplan University degree program. After graduation and earning an associate’s degree at Maricopa, the student then seamlessly enrolls with Kaplan University to complete the selected bachelor’s degree program in about 54 weeks, stated the release.

The 3+1 option delivers several important and tangible benefits for students such as saving money by continuing their studies at the community college for an additional year.

The bachelor’s degree programs available through this partnership include accounting, business administration, information technology, health care administration, health and wellness, health science, nutrition science, communication, and others, according to the release.

Additionally, Kaplan University is offering a 25 percent discount to Maricopa students who elect to take advantage of the 3+1 option. The discount is also being made available to Maricopa alumni, faculty and staff, stated the release. Also, course credits transfer quickly and easily.

Since the student decides early in the process to earn a bachelor’s degree and as a result of the agreement, the student’s courses have already been evaluated and accepted by Kaplan University. By transferring the optimal number of qualifying credits combined with no admissions waiting lists, students can avoid lengthy transfer periods, complete their studies, and earn their bachelor degrees faster.

“America’s community colleges have been called upon to increase student success and ensure a 21st-century prepared workforce,” stated Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, in the release. “Community colleges offer pathways to economic success for all students as well as a benefit to the local economy.”

The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, the Maricopa Corporate College and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes, according to the release.

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