Academic Partnerships:

Elevating Higher Education Online

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

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
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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2020/2021 Impact Report

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

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What We Do
Our Services

Academic Partnerships meets regional universities where they are to help them launch and manage accelerated online programs. We provide upfront investment and collaborate with our university partners to align their operations for streamlining the entire student journey. From first contact to graduation, we support students as they pursue their educational and career goals. AP provides potential student outreach, marketing, technology, and student retention services for online programs – all to prepare our partners for sustainable growth and to expand their impact.

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.

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.

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 380,000+ working adult students—and counting.

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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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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 (former)
Arkansas State University

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The evolution of online higher education

To expand their impact in these challenging times, universities face urgent imperatives: reach underserved students, increase their enrollments, and serve the workforce with relevant education. AP has the expertise, the tools, and the resources to help.


Ipsos Study Finds Strong ROI for Graduates of Programs Supported by Academic Partnerships

DALLAS, TX – September 25, 2023 – Academic Partnerships (AP) today shared new survey results from Ipsos that show a strong return on investment (ROI)…

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Return on Investment (ROI) Conversation with Chancellor of Arkansas State & Academic Partnerships’ CEO, Fernando Bleichmar

Chancellor Shields and Fernando Bleichmar discuss the results of the ROI survey and the impact online programs are having in rural America and surrounding communities.

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The University of New Orleans Enlists Academic Partnerships to Launch New Online Graduate Degree Programs Focused on Working Adults

NEW ORLEANS, LA – August 14, 2023 – The University of New Orleans has announced a partnership with Academic Partnerships (AP) to support the expansion…

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ETSU and AP Lead Session at AASCU Summer Conference

East Tennessee State University and Academic Partnerships educational leaders shared the spotlight during their July 20th session at the American Association of State Colleges and…

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