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Maricopa Colleges and Kaplan University Team Up to Help Students Earn Bachelor Degrees and Save Money


Maricopa Community Colleges and Kaplan University today 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.

"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," said Dr. Rufus Glasper, Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor. Maricopa is one of the largest multi-college community college systems in the United States, serving nearly 265,000 students.

How the 3+1 option works:

Students consult both a Maricopa and Kaplan University academic advisor 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. 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.

The 3+1 option delivers several important and tangible benefits for students: They save money by continuing their studies at the community college for an additional year. 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. 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," said Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. "Community colleges offer pathways to economic success for all students as well as a benefit to the local economy," Bumphus continued. "Enhancing opportunities and access by partnering with baccalaureate-granting colleges that provide clear completion and transfer pathways, as well as a reasonable fee structure, is a win-win for students and for our nation's workforce."

"Kaplan University's partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges is designed to meet their students where they are and where they want to go. For students who have the goal of earning a bachelor's degree, we provide them with a clear streamlined educational path that saves them both time and money, helping cross the finish line," said Dr. Wade Dyke, President of Kaplan University. "It also addresses the growing skills gap where the jobs of tomorrow increasingly require advanced degrees."

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.

About Maricopa Community Colleges

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.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University serves approximately 41,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 14 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, Missouri and Wisconsin, and a Kaplan University Learning Center in Maryland.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 22,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit

Maricopa Community Colleges
Tom Gariepy
Office: 480-731-8248
Mobile: 480-209-6046
Kaplan University
Amy Hawkinson
Office: 954-515-3603
Mobile: 773-301-6437

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