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 Studies
Carleton University Case Study
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 School of Business (Sprott) a leading example. The business school leverages the university’s location in Ottawa as a thriving global city and G7 capital by applying contemporaneous workforce-relevant input from business leaders to shape the curricula for its well-regarded Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
When Sprott decided to offer the on-campus MBA program in an online format to better reach an underserved audience of nontraditional adult students, their leadership searched for an experienced partner to expedite that process. Joining with Academic Partnerships (AP) was an innovative approach as Carleton became one of the few universities in Canada to work with an outside online facilitator.
Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington University (EWU) was one of the first schools in the United States to announce it was moving all its classes online in response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Our partnership with AP was crucial in our ability to make this transition quickly and effectively,” says EWU interim president David May. “With AP’s help, EWU had already built a strong foundation of online expertise, instructional design, and know-how among our faculty and technology teams.”
EWU’s relationship with Academic Partnerships (AP) began two years before the pandemic. Founded in 1882 as a teacher-training academy, the regional public university, which today serves more than 12,000 students across 100 majors, approached AP in 2018 seeking support in developing and growing new online degree programs. AP was excited about the opportunity to partner with a university whose core themes are access, opportunity, and excellence and whose graduates are 44% first-generation college students.
Founded in 1887, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is a regional four-year public university that serves as a vital employer and institution for its region. A recent academic study described the university’s economic impact on its surrounding community as “irreplaceable,” and U.S. News and World Report has ranked UNCP as the most diverse regional university in the south.
UNCP began working with Academic Partnerships (AP) in 2017 to expand and enhance its Master of Business Administration program, which at the time had a total of 100 on-campus and online students. AP helped UNCP transform its MBA offering into an accelerated, flexible one-year format and strengthen its student recruitment and support services. All online classes are taught by full-time UNCP faculty and are available on a flexible asynchronous schedule. The total cost for the full online MBA degree for a North Carolina resident is under $12,000. This quality, accessibility, and affordability has attracted busy working professionals from around the state, and today more than 1,100 students are enrolled in the program.
Here are more of our outstanding results:
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more