Kaplan University presents Visionary Voices, a series of interviews that chronicle our goals in regards to adult education and continuing education throughout your life. Kaplan University offers online degree programs designed to expand the way you think and help you develop both personally and professionally. Students turn to us to develop their critical thinking skills, to challenge and prepare them for successful careers.*
At Kaplan University, we recommend that students look for support and encouragement in those around them. This journey is one that requires commitment and dedication and finding mentors along the way helps to keep students motivated. We want to encourage our students to try new things, to take a variety of courses to help ensure they are well-rounded and prepared when they complete their online college degree.
We are an accredited university that believes online courses can enrich your life just as much as attending a course in a brick and mortar classroom.† Our unique approach to distance learning sets us apart from other online colleges. At Kaplan University, we strive to make every resource available to our students to help them succeed in the field they choose.
*Kaplan University's programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.
†Kaplan University is regionally accredited. See our website for details.
"I want to learn from someone who has really been there. I want access to the best minds in the world, access to real leadership. I want to be inspired by people who are inspired, someone who understands the passion and the hunger to create; inspire me. I want to learn from someone who made a difference, from somebody who tried something new and succeeded at it, who broke the rules and are breaking new ground. I want to learn how to make decisions that will make a difference.
The world's preeminent innovators, a timeless exchange of ideas from established experts to aspiring new candidates, a new form for this inspiration is here, at Kaplan University.
Until Kaplan [University] and comparable schools did their instruction online, there really hasn't been appreciable disruption in higher education.
If I were to have any advice for a Kaplan University student thinking about an entrepreneurial career path, I would say don't be afraid to fail.
What you want to do is to acquire the habit of trying new things. There's a saying that you're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
Finding that right balance between your needs and your profession and your own growth is always something that is evolving.
One of the principals I teach is find a wing to climb under and what that means is you need to find someone in your life who can mentor you through different stages of your life.
Kaplan [University] provides access to powerful ideas from brilliant thinkers, the practical intelligence and inspiration that are vital to success today and critical for a brighter future.
I want to think on a different level. I want to be provoked by original ideas; I want to have a hand in my destiny.
I always tell young people, 'finish your education and don't rush.'
You actually need education more than you need money. You need ideas, you need to know how to teach yourself, you need to know how things work, you need to be able to look around you and see combinations that other people haven't seen before.
For a Kaplan [University] student thinking about, or interested in, being an innovator I would often say, 'take a wide range of classes.' We too quickly pigeon hole people. Reality is that we're all capable of being so many things.
My advice is be broad, understand that things change quickly, and understand what's happening on the business side from a global perspective, how the balance of power is shifting around the world.
The world has become more networked; it's about all of the people that you come into contact with in your day to day. It's not just the people you follow; the leadership is going to be absolutely critical. But it's about the people you work with and the people that work for you.
I want to absorb experience from someone who actually walked their own path. I want to know what they know, to think the way that they think. My ambition is to change the world like they changed the world. I want to learn from the best minds of today so that I can be one of the best minds of tomorrow. This is a dream.
You're in charge; you think, you decide, you choose, you act and it's up to you.
One person can change the world and that one person is you.
There are a hundred people that are going to pull at you; carve out this space for you. Say, 'You know what? This is my moment, this is my time to shine, this is journey with Kaplan is super important to me and it's non-negotiable.'"