ABOUT ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS
Helping Universities Grow
HISTORY OF AP
For more than 20 years, the founders of Academic Partnerships have devoted their lives to increasing access to high-quality instruction, supporting educators and helping students succeed. In 2005, they focused exclusively on post-secondary education, believing in its most profound impact on people’s futures, and created Whitney University System (Whitney), a network which partners with and operates universities across South America. As Whitney institutions outgrew the physical capacity of their campuses, distance learning was added to accommodate the surging demand for higher education in the region. New to the U.S. online providers, this distance-learning model had unique features, which facilitated rapid and sustainable enrollment growth with undiminished quality. Eager to add more students, two public universities in Texas agreed to experiment with online programs structured similarly. The results were dramatic: Within two years, both schools’ online enrollments became substantial portion of their total student body. One of the institutions became home to the nation’s largest public university nursing program, while the other became the largest online graduate education program. As word of these successes spread, a number of other public universities across America also asked for assistance, and AP was born. Today, AP serves more than 43 universities.
NOTE FROM AP FOUNDER
It is a true privilege to participate in this transformative process. AP is committed to maximizing the latest online learning technologies for the benefit of its partner universities and the millions of students these institutions can serve.