Academic Partnerships:

Elevating Higher Education Online

Our mission is simple: helping universities grow and students succeed by increasing access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant education delivered online. We are in the business of changing lives through education.

Academic Partnerships supports degree programs that primarily serve working adults, such as nurses and teachers. These busy professionals are often juggling families, jobs and other responsibilities, but still want to advance their careers in a flexible and affordable way. We are grateful to work with respected universities to increase access to their high-quality programs, with a strong commitment to student success.

Dan Branch
Chairman of the Board

In talking to hundreds of universities and students over the years, I know the life-changing benefits of education. I’ve also seen the challenges many students face to access affordable education in a flexible way that allows them to achieve their goals. It’s an honor to lead a mission-driven company, like Academic Partnerships, that supports the needs of our university partners with a single-minded focus on advancing university and student success.

Fernando Bleichmar
Chief Executive Officer

2020/2021 Impact Report

AP’s Impact Report provides a transparent look at how we deliver on our mission to expand access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant education online.

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Video I – Mission and Impact

Academic Partnerships – Our Mission & Impact

Learn more about AP overall, our mission and how we are specifically designed to support our university partners and their students, primarily regional universities and working adults, with a total weighted average tuition of only $16,000.

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What We Do
Our services: The AP HigherEdge®

Academic Partnerships offers scalable, integrated solutions customized for institutions who are ready to optimize the effectiveness of their online education offerings and to see their online students succeed.

We partner with universities to launch and manage rigorous online programs, recruit highly qualified students via vertically integrated marketing and support student retention through completion using our industry-proven, comprehensive model of online program management services, the AP HigherEdge®.

University Services

We prepare stakeholders for success by assisting in aligning operational systems, helping plan and design engaging online programs and supporting faculty with training and professional development opportunities.

Integrated Marketing Services

We promote brand and program offerings through proprietary data-driven processes that flow across channels of performance-based marketing and field-based marketers to attract qualified students.

Student Support Services

We produce successful students and graduates by supporting them with high-touch communication plans carried out by dedicated specialists from application through matriculation to graduation.

At Academic Partnerships, we offer true expertise and verifiable results. Through our AP HigherEdge® services, we promise to invest resources up front, enhance the university brand while upholding academic rigor, guide faculty in leveraging technologies to advance their instruction, refine performance metrics based on data science insights and fully support each student’s journey toward successful completion.

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Where We Succeed
Results that reach beyond

Our goal at Academic Partnerships is not only to meet the performance expectations of our university partners but to exceed them—and to transform lives in the process. Since 2007, we have helped universities develop and deliver robust and engaging online programs that have served 270,000 working adult students—and counting.

Our results speak for themselves:

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University Partners

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of AP-Supported Programs are in High Growth Industries

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Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs

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All-Time Enrolled Students Supported Since 2007

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of AP Partners are Minority-Serving Institutions

Source: Academic Partnerships internal data

With Academic Partnerships’ support, Arkansas State University has created high-quality online education programs that are affordable and convenient for working teachers in Arkansas and beyond.

Thilla Sivakumaran, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Global Outreach
Arkansas State University

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Articulating a Bold Future for Higher Education

A Letter from Rob

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Reflections on This New School Year

Dear University Partners: When Fred Rogers was a young boy and he was concerned about alarming events in the world, his mother would tell him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Mister Rogers said he came to see that “the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong.” As the new school year gets underway in…

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Video II – Commitment to Student Success

Commitment to Student Success

Hear directly from graduates of our university partners’ AP-supported programs and see how these working adults advanced their careers through affordable, high-quality online education.

The new evolution of online higher education

In these changing times, universities face an urgent imperative: the ability to move quickly between on-campus and online instruction. AP has the experience, the tools and the just-in-time resources to help.


Commitment to Student Success

At the heart of our work is a deep commitment to our university partners and their students, where AP only succeeds if they succeed.  Hear…

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Our Mission & Impact

AP’s mission is simple:  expanding access to top-quality, affordable, and workforce-relevant education delivered online.  Learn more about AP overall, our mission and how we are…

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Academic Partnerships Acquires Coursetune Inc., a Leading EdTech Provider of Curriculum Mapping Software for Higher Education

Acquisition Strengthens Academic Partnerships’ Technology and Support Services for Universities in Launching, Growing, and Sustaining Their Online Degree Programs DALLAS, Texas (Aug. 23, 2021)—Academic Partnerships…

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Academic Partnerships & Texas A&M International University Team Up to Offer Affordable Online Short Courses and Certificates in Healthcare

Dallas, TX – August 12, 2021 – Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is offering new professional development courses online, supported by Academic Partnerships (AP), aimed…

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Working at AP

Purpose-led &

We are capable, driven and diverse—and dedicated to joining our strengths as one to achieve extraordinary results for our university partners and their students. Academic Partnerships’ commitment to changing lives extends beyond the workplace to our contributions as volunteers helping create genuine social impact in our communities. We attract motivated professionals who thrive in a collegial atmosphere working in collaborative, cross-functional teams that nurture excellence.

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How We Work
Focused on furthering excellence

At AP, we are focused on discovering even better ways to do our best and perform at the highest level. We unite in offering university partners the distinct advantages of:

A single, dedicated point of contact to coordinate university and AP efforts

Deep expertise in business, education and healthcare verticals

Vertically integrated and field-based marketing focused on student recruitment and retention

Expert program development facilitation and full-cycle student journey support

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Elevate your institution’s online successes with Academic Partnerships

Contact us to learn how our AP HigherEdge® services can make all the difference.

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