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AP HigherEdge Solutions:

Online Enablement

Collaborating to ensure a high-quality online student experience

Our Process

Our university-centric team works in collaboration with universities to develop customized plans for successful program implementation and launch. We provide step-by-step support and guidance to efficiently align systems, processes and teams to deliver an exceptional online student experience.

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Market Research
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Change
Management

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Program Launch &
Ongoing Management

Market Research & Analysis | Change Management | Program Launch & Ongoing Management

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Market Research & Analysis

Prior to any new program launch, we conduct a strategic analysis of market size and potential, demand trends and competition. Together with partner universities, we develop the most competitive positioning for each online degree program.


Change Management

We help universities align processes and resources to optimize the online student experience from application through graduation. Our operational and project management experts work with university admissions, registration, IT and other administrative offices to prepare a university’s existing systems and processes for enrollment growth on an accelerated academic calendar.

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Process Review

Examine current processes

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Gap Analysis

Identify deficiencies
and action plan

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Process Optimization

Streamline and automate
to meet objectives


Program Launch & Ongoing Management

Our team will prepare a tailored project and implementation plan for the launch of online programs based on the findings from readiness sessions conducted with each partner. Once the plan has been jointly defined and approved, the team will develop a road map to close any identified operational and technical gaps which may adversely affect the online student experience. We then begin the process of integrating a university's systems, processes and technology with AP to ensure seamless and accurate information exchange, which is critical in guiding students in their enrollment journey.

Once a program has launched, our team will continue to optimize the student experience and conduct workshops and cross-functional debriefs to identify opportunities for improvement. Managing Directors will meet regularly with university teams to review progress against the mutual goals of the partnership.

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Our Team

Our team of highly skilled integration and project management professionals has deep expertise with the launch and ongoing management of successful online degree programs.

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Managing Directors

Our team of Managing Directors serves as the executive point of contact for the Academic Partnerships - University relationship. With significant expertise and experience in higher education, each Managing Director collaborates with a university's academic and administrative leaders to create an annual plan that reflects each university's goals and priorities and outlines strategies and tactics for sustainable enrollment and revenue growth. The Managing Director serves as the primary executive liaison between AP's support teams and the university.


Partner Enablement Professionals

The AP Partner Enablement team has deep experience with numerous higher education systems including application systems, student information systems and learning management systems (e.g., Hobsons, Recruiter, PeopleSoft, Banner, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Canvas).

Our team has developed a proprietary set of project and change management tools designed to reduce risk and provide a well-coordinated path to successful program starts that is tailored to fit each university partner's specific needs.

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400+ Program
Launches

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Proven Methodology
& Toolkit

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Deep Experience
Leading Change


Professional Qualifications

Our Partner Enablement team has received process, project management and client engagement training and is well versed in the techniques and tools of Lean Six Sigma process improvement, holding certifications such as Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Black Belt or Green Belt.

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Technology

We work within existing technology systems at each partner institution with minimal impact to university resources. Our technology platforms—developed with partners in mind—enable automation of certain student- and university-related business functions. They are designed to accommodate application and enrollment growth, improve cycle and processing times and optimize the overall student experience. Our best practices facilitate:

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Seamless integration with university SIS and LMS systems

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Personalized,
data-driven communications

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Batch, scheduled or real-time application processing


Security and Privacy

Privacy and protection are our priority and of utmost importance in everything we do to support our partners and their students. AP abides by a strict security policy with detailed protocols on data protection, which includes safeguards against the destruction, loss, misuse, unauthorized disclosure or alteration of data, assuring its confidentiality, availability and integrity. All data transmission to and from AP partners is exchanged using encrypted data transfer methods.

AP processes ensure:

Encrypted data transfer

Data leak protection on data transmission channels

Data safeguards compliant
with regulations governing protection of PII and NPPI (FERPA, HIPPA, GLBA, etc.)

Conformance and support for data residency

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Successes

Our goal is to enable our university partners in the delivery of exceptional online student experiences while helping them grow enrollment in a sustainable and scalable way.


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A Testimonial From an AP Partner University President

"As of probably 18 months ago, I never heard of Academic Partnerships. The concept was introduced to me, and I immediately thought it was a great idea. A university [our] size really doesn't have the economies of scale to go out and have the expertise that Academic Partnerships has with marketing and systems management. So I was very intrigued, and we started having meetings with [AP].

"We do something really well [here]–we teach. Academic Partnerships does something really well that we don't do, and that's marketing and systems management. So it's a great partnership ..."

"I was just so impressed at that initial meeting when the team came in, the way they presented themselves. They didn't talk down to us. They said, 'Here's an opportunity.' As soon as we really started communicating with [AP], we knew we were with a winning team. I've been around long enough to know when somebody knows what they're doing.

"It made all kinds of sense to us. We do something really well [here]–we teach. Academic Partnerships does something really well that we don't do, and that's marketing and systems management. So it's a great partnership, and we're very, very proud to have the partnership. We look forward to a bright future together.

"It's not too late for a university to put a program online. There's lots of growth areas out there, and we will be part of it."

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