aboutap1.jpgAcademic Partnerships' mission is to help public and private not-for-profit universities increase enrollment and revenue through online delivery of high-quality instruction. AP helps faculty members convert their on-campus courses and programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs and helps retain enrolled students through graduation. AP also provides the upfront capital required to launch and market an institution’s online portfolio. Universities that select AP experience accelerated enrollment and revenue growth without incurring the substantial cost of building an online infrastructure.

Helping Universities Grow




For more than 20 years, the founders of Academic Partnerships have devoted their lives to increasing access to high-quality instruction, supporting educators and helping students succeed. In 2005, they focused exclusively on post-secondary education, believing in its most profound impact on people’s futures, and created Whitney University System (Whitney), a network which partners with and operates universities across South America. As Whitney institutions outgrew the physical capacity of their campuses, distance learning was added to accommodate the surging demand for higher education in the region. New to the U.S. online providers, this distance-learning model had unique features, which facilitated rapid and sustainable enrollment growth with undiminished quality. Eager to add more students, two public universities in Texas agreed to experiment with online programs structured similarly. The results were dramatic: Within two years, both schools’ online enrollments became substantial portion of their total student body. One of the institutions became home to the nation’s largest public university nursing program, while the other became the largest online graduate education program. As word of these successes spread, a number of other public universities across America also asked for assistance, and AP was born. Today, AP serves more than 43 universities.


Academic Partnerships emerged from a deep belief in the transformative power of higher education to change the lives of countless global citizens. While the value of education has been recognized since Ancient Greece, the ability to provide universal access to top-quality higher education is new. Technology is a game changer for post-secondary and a great enabler. Its extraordinary ability to disseminate knowledge unbound by geography and time has captured the imaginations of people around the world. AP is excited to participate in this movement, which is transforming higher education by expanding access and helping millions achieve their aspirations.

Thousands of high-quality degree programs are becoming universally accessible through online learning. The resultant increase in educational attainment among global citizens is a precursor to better standards of living and a more rapid and sustainable economic development of nations.

It is a true privilege to participate in this transformative process. AP is committed to maximizing the latest online learning technologies for the benefit of its partner universities and the millions of students these institutions can serve.

Randy Best
Founder, Academic Partnerships