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Academic Partnerships

As entrepreneurial capacity-builders of online learning, we apply the technology and tools to help our partner universities reshape the landscape of higher education.

Our mission is to expand access to top-quality, affordable, workforce relevant education.

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Together with our partners, we are co-inventing the future of higher education.

AP is mission-focused on serving public universities and not-for-profit colleges in online initiatives that span graduate and undergraduate programs in business, education, healthcare, criminal justice and the liberal arts. Together with our partners, we are co-inventing the future of higher education.

John Doe, CEO, Academic Partnerships
 

Rising to every challenge

COVID-19 presented challenges to AP and our partners. By going virtual in response, we discovered new strengths in ourselves and guided K-12 schools and our university partners in moving on-campus classes rapidly online.

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What sets us apart?

At Academic Partnerships, we drive change through innovation in online education. As an industry powerhouse, 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‑demand, low‑tuition online programs

Academic Partnerships faculty forward program design

Optional faculty‑forward program design

Academic Partnerships speed to market

Accelerated speed‑to‑market launch

Academic Partnerships integrated data driven marketing

Integrated, data-driven marketing performance

Academic Partnerships student success

Seamless dedication to student success

Find out more about how Academic Partnerships can help fulfill your institution’s vision for growth.
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Academic Partnerships HigherEdge market insights

Market insights to optimize program portfolios

Academic Partnerships HigherEdge vertical experts

Vertical experts in business, education and healthcare

Academic Partnerships HigherEdge project management

Project management for streamlining operations

Academic Partnerships HigherEdge training

Faculty training systemized for online instruction

Academic Partnerships HigherEdge course carousels

Course carousels to support accelerated programs

Academic Partnerships HigherEdge point of contact

Transparent communication from a single point‑of‑contact

The Edge Factor:
Unparalleled support for faculty

Teaching quality makes or breaks the student experience. Which is why our Academic Services and Products team gives full-fledged support to faculty through asynchronous program planning, mentored instructional design, course conversion assistance and instruction in best practices in technology enriched pedagogy. Add a faculty grant program, free tools such as ZOOM conferencing and opportunities to connect via our digital e-commons, and we turn on-campus faculty into online teaching fans.

What We Do
Our Services: The AP Higher Edge®

Academic Partnerships offers comprehensive, scalable solutions personalized for institutions who are ready to optimize the effectiveness of their online education offerings. We serve as a management partner using a proven model of integrated services, the AP Higher Edge.

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We prepare universities
for success

Our dedicated teams guide each university partner’s growth path from the start, focusing on aligning internal infrastructure and data systems and informing academics with best practices to support online delivery of instruction. Our faculty-forward approach equips faculty and staff with the information, tools and resources to design and deliver successful online programs.

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Our leadership

The AP executive team are mission-driven decision makers focused on furthering excellence. They lead with insights drawn from a diversity of experience in higher education, and beyond. Meet the visionary brain trust championing the successes of our university partners.

Howard Rouse

Howard Rouse
Chief Operating Officer

John Schilsky

John Schilsky, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Rob Hilliard

Rob Hilliard
Chief Information Officer

Jamie James

Jamie James
EVP, Undergrad and Enterprise Markets

Susan Dukes

Susan Dukes
SVP of University Partnerships

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith, Ph.D.
SVP of Academic Services and Products

Chris Shenk

Chris Shenk
SVP, Managing Directors

Bill Lowery

Bill Lowery
SVP of Vertical Marketing Operations

Sharold Prather

Sharold Prather
VP, Vertical Lead – Business

Kristin Micalizio

Kristin Micalizio
VP, Vertical Lead – Healthcare

Jane Passantino

Jane Passantino
VP, Vertical Lead – Education

Karmela Gaffney

Karmela Gaffney
SVP, Digitial & Integrated Marketing

Steven Bailey

Steven Bailey
SVP, Field Sales

Earl Frischkorn

Earl Frischkorn
SVP, Student Success Center

Keith Brender

Keith Brender
VP, Student Retention Services

George Valiente

George Valiente
VP, Partner Support

Nelson Hsu

Nelson Hsu
SVP, Innovation

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott
SVP, Alternative Credentials and Product Innovation

Kyle Farnsworth

Kyle Farnsworth
VP, Operational & Data Analytics, Enrollment Services

Built-in benefits

Life at AP 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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Encouring 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 multi-national council

To learn more about our benefits, visit our careers page

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Let AP help you elevate your institution’s online success stories.

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

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Academic Partnerships
700 North Pearl St., Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75201

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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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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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We’re better together

At Academic Partnerships, we’re dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. Our values aren’t just words on a page — we learn to live them every day, measure our success, and continuously evolve. Together, we’re on a mission to improve the state of the world through education.

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Collaborating for Significant and Sustainable Growth

Academic Partnerships helps each university partner identify best-fit opportunities that present growth potential within their market. Then we consult closely to launch and scale online programs that resonate with potential students and meet the needs of adult online learners.

By executing on this plan, we consistently demonstrate partner benefits of strong enrollment, broad recognition for quality programs, a focus on student retention and a reputation for outstanding value. We only succeed when our partners and their students succeed.

Here are some of our outstanding results:

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Reflections on the First Quarter of 2020

Dear University Partners: When I became the new board chair of Academic Partnerships in December, the world looked dramatically different than it does today. Reflecting…

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