The AP HigherEdge®
At Academic Partnerships, our business is assisting universities in bringing to life education that is high-quality, affordable and workforce-relevant—by facilitating the growth of highly competitive, accelerated, fully online programs.
Our AP HigherEdge® model of integrated university, marketing and student support services maximizes our partners’ online growth goals with a commitment to student success.
Mitigating risk with a proven model
We join forces with higher education partners using a time-tested, fully integrated services model managed by Academic Partnerships’ Partner Support team. This approach gives universities practical strategies and a reliable process for implementing fully online programs. Our pre-launch AP HigherEdge® University Services feature:
Academic Partnerships’ commitment is to preserve and enhance the brand integrity of universities while expanding their market share through online programs that serve as both enrollment streams and contingency plans. Our record of scaling growth and revenue for our partners is unmatched. See our results
Faculty support is critical as teaching quality makes or breaks the student experience. This is why our Academic Services and Products team gives broad-based support to faculty through asynchronous program planning, mentored instructional design, and training 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 faculty are fully prepared to discover the rewards of online instruction.
Maximizing marketing to millions of potential students
Academic Partnerships’ dedicated digital and creative marketing teams surmount a competitive digital environment by devising strategies that fill each partner’s prospective funnel with highly qualified students who enroll and go on to complete their online degrees. We apply depth of experience enriched with digitally integrated insights to sharpen our understanding of education trends and attract audiences who are college-ready. Our performance marketing practices include:
Data and its science not only drives our integrated online education marketing, it fuels our focus on enrollment performance and student success. But not just any data. Our experienced team deploys advanced digital analytics tools with some, sifting, measuring, aggregating and A/B testing, blending in fresh innovations of our own. All tailored to match the right student to the right program, every time.
“In its first year, our partnership with AP is already a big success for both Longwood and our students…The AP team has been very easy to work with and added tremendous value and expertise.”
Fostering dynamic student experiences
At Academic Partnerships, we are only successful when our university partners’ students achieve their education goals. Academic Partnerships’ AP HigherEdge® student recruitment and retention model is high-touch and highly responsive to give each individual the informational and relational support they need throughout their student journey. Our cascade of communication begins with initial inquiry and follows through application, enrollment, progression and program completion. We provide:
Academic Partnerships’ Enrollment Services specialists act as a natural and transparent extension of the university and provide prospective students with essential guidance on programs, application and documents requirements, deadlines and enrollment steps. Our Retention Services specialists are expert guides helping to onboard new students, remind students of tuition and enrollment deadlines and serve as ever-supportive success coaches throughout their journey.
We call our student support services “wraparound” for good reason. Our highly trained specialists blanket students with essential information, critical reminders, and practical tips that encourage their program progress and completion. Our enrollment and retention teams possess the skills and tools necessary to support students at an individualized level far beyond the scope of most universities.
“The key to such partnerships has been finding the overlap in our respective institutional missions. Academic Partnerships, for example, shares our goal of increasing student access, affordability and ultimately student success, with offerings that allow students to pay by the course.”
Return on Investment (ROI) Conversation with Chancellor of Arkansas State & Academic Partnerships’ CEO, Fernando Bleichmar
September 26, 2023
Chancellor Shields and Fernando Bleichmar discuss the results of the ROI survey and the impact online programs are having in rural America and surrounding communities.Read more
Ipsos Study Finds Strong ROI for Graduates of Programs Supported by Academic Partnerships
September 25, 2023
DALLAS, TX – September 25, 2023 – Academic Partnerships (AP) today shared new survey results from Ipsos that show a strong return on investment (ROI)…Read more
The University of New Orleans Enlists Academic Partnerships to Launch New Online Graduate Degree Programs Focused on Working Adults
August 14, 2023
NEW ORLEANS, LA – August 14, 2023 – The University of New Orleans has announced a partnership with Academic Partnerships (AP) to support the expansion…Read more
ETSU and AP Lead Session at AASCU Summer Conference
August 7, 2023
East Tennessee State University and Academic Partnerships educational leaders shared the spotlight during their July 20th session at the American Association of State Colleges and…Read more
Jacksonville State University to Offer Online Degree Programs Supported by Academic Partnerships
July 6, 2023
JACKSONVILLE, Ala., July 6, 2023 – Jacksonville State University (JSU) today announced its plan to partner with Academic Partnerships (AP) to grow its online graduate programs. Beginning…Read more
Millersville University & Academic Partnerships to Launch Online Graduate Degree Programs
June 8, 2023
MILLERSVILLE, PA – June 8, 2023 – Millersville University today announced the expansion of its online portfolio of graduate degree programs, proudly supported by Academic…Read more
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 high-quality, affordable and workforce-relevant education, …Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more