Academic Partnerships

We deploy the technologies and tools to help universities grow their capacity to offer non-traditional online learners access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant degree programs that serve career pathways. As universities adjust to COVID-19 challenges, we are collaborating with our university partners to reshape the shifting landscape of higher education.

Our mission: Expanding access to top-quality, affordable, and workforce relevant education.

What Sets Us Apart?

At Academic Partnerships, we drive change through innovation in online education using the strengths, experience and creativity of our people. As a leader in online program management, we are focused on facilitating the goal of scalable online program growth for our university partners while supporting the success of their students—from the dream of a degree to bold reality. Our integrated online program management model, the AP HigherEdge®, offers:

Academic Partnerships low tuition online programs

High-quality, low-tuition online programs

Academic Partnerships faculty forward program design

Optimal faculty-forward program design

Academic Partnerships speed to market

Accelerated speed-to-market launch

Vertically integrated, data-driven marketing performance

Academic Partnerships student success

Seamless dedication to student retention and success

I consider our collaboration with Academic Partnerships to be an unqualified success. The SIUE School of Business is committed to meeting the needs of working professionals by delivering quality, affordable, graduate business education and AP is helping us to do just that.

Timothy S. Schoenecker, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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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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Their [AP’s] efforts at recruitment and retention have expanded our nursing program’s reach in Maine and across New England, increasing enrollments at a critical time in public health. Working with AP is a true pleasure.

Erin C. Soucy, PhD, RN
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dean of Undergraduate Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Maine at Fort Kent

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Our Culture

Academic Partnerships is built on our OneAP culture of performance through collaboration and contributions founded in individual strengths. Plus, always honoring each other’s differences—and sprinkling in humor. Meaningful challenge is embedded in our DNA as we embrace the power of education to transform lives every day.


AP is a great place to work

The heart of our work flourishes from a commitment to shared values. We embody integrity and initiative, promote teamwork and produce results while nurturing kindness and diversity and inclusion. We are coworkers and friends, moving mountains within a vibrant and expanding company—come grow with us!

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Built-in Benefits

Life at Academic Partnerships isn’t all work—we balance our efforts with abundant opportunities for all employees to learn, to care for our greater community, to stay healthy and to celebrate what makes each of us unique:

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Serving and contributing to community-based charities, including paid volunteer time off

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Encouraging mental and physical well-being through activity and nutrition initiatives

Our goal is to provide a channel with various fun and engaging opportunities that enrich the spirit of OneAP’s culture

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Fostering cultural awareness through recognition and events led by our multinational council

The AP Values committee members are AP “culture champions” who continually work to embed the mission, vision and values into engaging employee programs

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Academic Partnerships Secures Business Alliance Membership With AACSB

May 15, 2023

DALLAS, TX – May 15, 2023 – Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading online facilitator helping regional universities expand access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant…

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Thought Leadership

AP and Carleton University Partnership Featured in AACSB Insights

April 27, 2023

An article written by Academic Partnerships, Reaching the Evolving MBA Audience, is featured in the April 24, 2023, issue of Insights, the monthly e-newsletter of…

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Fierce Education’s Article on the Value of Online Program Managers Spotlights Academic Partnerships

April 10, 2023

Academic Partnerships is highlighted in an article on recent discussions about the role of OPMs as important and ethical partners in supporting the growth of…

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Case Studies

Carleton University Case Study

April 3, 2023

As a public research university ranked #5 among Canada’s Best Comprehensive Universities by Maclean’s (2023), Carleton University is conversant with academic innovation with Carleton’s Sprott…

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Thought Leadership

Fierce Education Leader Spotlight With Dr. Amanda Smith

February 21, 2023

Fierce Education Head of Content Elliot Markowitz recently spoke with Dr. Amanda Smith, Chief Academic Officer at Academic Partnerships, regarding the changes in course design…

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October 20, 2022

LAREDO, TX –– Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) and Academic Partnerships (AP) presented at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 36th Annual Conference, held Oct. 8-10, 2022. Dr. Jennifer…

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Manhattanville College and Academic Partnerships Launch Online Degree Programs

October 18, 2022

PURCHASE, NY, October, 2022 – In a continuing effort to diversify its educational offerings, Manhattanville College will launch a portfolio of online degrees supported by Academic…

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College of Mount Saint Vincent Offers Online Degree Programs, Supported by Academic Partnerships, Designed for Working Professionals

October 11, 2022

Riverdale, NY – October 11, 2022 – A leader in education, Mount Saint Vincent is pleased to announce a partnership with Academic Partnerships (AP), expanding…

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Avila University Teams Up with Academic Partnerships to Offer Online Business Programs with Students’ Flexibility and Accessibility Top of Mind

September 26, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MO, September 22, 2022 – Avila University announces that students can now sign up and apply to its new online graduate business programs,…

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St. Cloud State University’s College of Education and Learning Design Expands Online Offering with Master’s in Education Programs with Flexibility and Accessibility Top of Mind

July 27, 2022

July 27, 2022 – St. Cloud State University announces the expansion of its online portfolio of graduate degrees, supported by Academic Partnerships (AP), beginning fall…

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Academic Partnerships Wins Comparably Recognition for Best Leadership Team

July 19, 2022

JULY 19, 2022, DALLAS, Texas – Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading higher education online facilitator, is proud to announce it is the recipient of another…

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