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

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Offering professional skills instruction and personal development through LinkedIn Learning

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

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Avila Signs Partnership Expanding Access to Online Graduate and Working Adult Student Undergraduate Programs

June 2, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MO, May 25, 2022 – Yesterday, Avila University signed a partnership with Academic Partnerships (AP), expanding access to the university’s online graduate and…

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St. Cloud State University’s Herberger Business School Works with Academic Partnerships to Launch Online MBA Programs Aimed at Working Adults with Real-Life Experience

April 5, 2022

April 5, 2022 – St. Cloud State University is teaming up with Academic Partnerships (AP) to expand its high-quality and affordable MBA degree offerings to…

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Academic Partnerships Wins Comparably Awards for “Best Places to Work in Dallas” and “Best Marketing Teams”

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2022, DALLAS, Texas – Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading higher education online facilitator, is proud to announce it is the recipient of two…

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Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business Teams Up with Academic Partnerships to Launch Fully Online MBA Program

March 24, 2022

DALLAS, March 24, 2022 – Today Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, in Ottawa, Ontario, announces a partnership with Academic Partnerships (AP) to expand Carleton’s…

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Academic Partnerships to Present at the Virtual WPI 2022 HBCU Forum to Discuss Innovation in Online Higher Education

March 7, 2022

DALLAS, TX – March 7, 2022 – Academic Partnerships (AP) today announced that Tekoya Boykins, Doctoral Candidate,  Assistant Director, Academic Services and Products at AP…

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Academic Partnerships Names Fernando Bleichmar as New CEO

February 16, 2022

Retiring CEO Rob Ganji will continue as Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors DALLAS, TX – February 16, 2022 – Academic Partnerships (AP), the…

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AP Partners Fuel AP’s Mission

February 10, 2022

AP Congratulates Its Partners, TAMIU and UIC, for Being Among the Top Universities in the Nation for Driving Economic Mobility The non-profit public policy think…

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Norfolk State University Partners with Academic Partnerships to Offer Affordable, High-Quality Online Programs in Education and Technology

November 18, 2021

Virginia – November 18, 2021 – Norfolk State University (NSU), the largest historically black public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced a partnership with…

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Resources for Nursing Program Leaders and Students

September 29, 2021

Academic Partnerships has created a resource center to support the information needs of nursing school deans, educators, administrators, and students. This resource center was initiated…

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Academic Partnerships Releases Its First Impact Report

September 9, 2021

Report highlights AP’s role and results in supporting affordable online education in critical workforce areas Dallas, TX–September 9, 2021 – Academic Partnerships (AP) today released…

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

August 23, 2021

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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