How We Outperform

Achieving Results for Our Partners

Academic Partnerships forms relationships with universities based on their online enrollment and growth goals. We manage market-facing processes for our partners, enhancing institutional performance and empowering positive student outcomes for working adults who need to advance their knowledge and careers.

In a recent ranking of the top 30 online program management companies in the U.S., Academic Partnerships ranked #1 based on number of university partners and #2 based on number of online programs.

(HolonIQ, Aug. 3, 2020)

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.

 

Featured Case Study

 

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is a regional public four-year university that began serving students in 1909. Its traditional on-campus programs primarily serve students from two states – Oklahoma and Texas. In 2015, facing declining student enrollments (the second lowest fall enrollment in over 40 years) and an uncertain financial future, Southeastern was required to make many difficult decisions. Instead of retraction, the university’s leadership decided to expand its traditional degree programs into high-quality, affordable online programs and chose Academic Partnerships (AP) to support this new strategic effort.

After 6 months of planning, collaboration, and implementation, Southeastern launched its first Graduate Business online degree programs in 2016 with 130 new students. Today, more than 2000 students are enrolled across 50 AP-supported online degree programs, and the average full program graduate tuition ranges from $7,950 to $11,880. Students are primarily working adults in fields such education, business, safety and finance.

By leveraging AP’s online learning model and robust marketing expertise, Southeastern has been able to expand its rich academic programs to additional qualified students in 44 states. The university’s total enrollments have increased every year since it launched its online programs, and Southeastern recently announced its largest enrollment ever recorded in a fall semester during its 111-year history. The additional resulting revenue has strengthened the university’s financial picture and enabled it to reinvest in staff, technology, and student services.

“We knew we had quality faculty, a strong curriculum, solid accreditations, and the right price point” says Dr. Tim Boatmun, Vice-President for Enrollment Management. “What we didn’t have is the marketing expertise and the knowledge of how to effectively take our programs to scale. Not only did AP help deliver enrollments, they helped us create a structure to effectively serve a growing student population.”

 

Here are more of our outstanding results:

Case Studies

Declining On-Campus MBA Thrives Online

Challenge: A university sought to increase enrollments in its AACSB-accredited MBA program as on-campus enrollments had fallen dramatically. Needing to attract students and strengthen the program’s…

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Field Sales Spikes Enrollment Growth

Challenge: A public university with declining enrollment in its Master of Education degrees sought to reverse course by going online and serving a broader population of…

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Faculty Workshops Deliver Best Practices

Challenge: The program director for an established online nursing program was looking to update curriculum and provide faculty with ideas, tools and best practices for online…

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Assistance with Program Design and Course Development – Emergent Program

Challenge: A new AP partner with limited online programming experience and resources sought to bring on new programs in multiple disciplines while migrating to a new…

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Program Design and Course Development Process – Growing to Scale

Challenge: A new AP partner with previous online program experience needed to prepare for rapid enrollment growth. Solution: As part of its professional development for faculty, the…

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Established Online Presence – Adding a New Program in a New Discipline

Challenge: A longtime partner with a successful RN-to-BSN program was ready to add a new online MBA program to its degree offerings. Solution: Our Academic Services team…

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