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View from the private sector HESA Benchmarking July 2011. Alan Jenkins Exec. Vice President Kaplan Europe. Agenda. Kaplan is the largest division of The Washington Post and has grown from a small test prep provider to become one of the worlds largest diversified education companies.

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View from the private sectorHESA BenchmarkingJuly 2011

Alan Jenkins

Exec. Vice President

Kaplan Europe


Kaplan is the largest division of The Washington Post and has grown from a small test prep provider to become one of the worlds largest diversified education companies

Overview of Kaplan

Kaplan serves over 1 million students each year from Certificates through to Masters programmes on -campus and online

  • Established in 1938

  • First European business in 2003

  • 30 Countries

  • 600 campus locations

  • 33, 000 employees

  • 150,000 students in Europe

Overview of Kaplan

Kaplan established a major presence in the UK in 2003. We have evolved from a specialist accountancy trainer to become one of Europe's largest diversified education companies.

Kaplan Europe

The way we benchmark is a function of the quality of data, the scale of our operations and our strategic aims

Sometimes it is easy….e.g. UK ACA training

  • Aim

  • To maintain our position as market leaders by achieving above average pass rates and high client satisfaction

  • External

  • Pass rates

  • Internal

  • Pass rates sliced and diced by office, tutor, employer and delivery

  • Multiple student & employer satisfaction surveys


In some other operations benchmarking is a challenge:


Every business unit need some form of effective benchmarking to continually improve

  • Benchmarks matching our strategic aims are wide ranging meeting a range of educational, social and commercial targets including:

  • Best employer

  • Highest student satisfaction

  • Market share

  • SEO ranking


We aim to build high quality, lasting partnerships with good universities.

  • A good university partnership for Kaplan means that the student, the university and Kaplan will benefit.

  • Kaplan will use some aspect of its expertise and scale to do something that meets student demand and the strategic aims of the university.

  • Before entering a partnership we seek to ensure:

  • Strategic commitment at a senior level

  • Collaborative and long term approach

  • Desire to work together to maximise the student experience

University partnerships

Kaplan International Colleges partner with sixteen universities providing pathway programmes

  • UAE:

  • Institute of Applied Technology

  • US:

  • North Eastern University

  • University of Utah

  • China:

  • Northern Consortium Partner

  • Australia:

  • University of Adelaide

  • Murdoch University

  • UK:

  • Bournemouth University

  • City University

  • Cranfield University

  • University of Glasgow

  • University of Liverpool

  • Nottingham Trent University

  • University of Sheffield

  • Brighton University

  • Westminster University

We have other University partnerships in the UK and globally on non pathway programmes


KIC looks at a range of indicators – external and internal


Our first UK partner was Nottingham Trent University which has been a success for the university, our students, UK HE and UK plc


Kaplan Open Learning is a partnership with the University of Essex – It is online, data rich with few opportunities for external benchmarking

Open Learning

Data is reviewed regularly and reported either daily, weekly or monthly but compared to targets not benchmarks

Open Learning

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