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Kaplan CEO Andrew Rosen Honored by Education Industry Association
The Education Industry Association (EIA) has honored Kaplan, Inc. Chairman and CEO Andrew Rosen with its 2014 “Friend of the Education Industry” Award.

“Kaplan was founded by Stanley Kaplan over 75 years ago, literally in the basement of his parents’ home and is today as entrepreneurial and innovative as it was then,” said Michael R. Sandler, founder of Education Industry Group and a senior advisor to The Parthenon Group, who has sponsored and presented the annual Friend award since its inception 10 years ago.  “Andy Rosen’s drive, vision and passion for student outcomes have a lot to do with not only his company’s success, but also with the development and growth of the education industry in general.”

“I am honored to receive this award from EIA and accept it on behalf of the company where I have spent the last 22 years of my career.  In all of the roles I have had at Kaplan, the success of our students has always been primary. From its start, Kaplan has been dedicated to achieving positive and measurable student outcomes and that passion has translated into a host of innovations in terms of course design, instructional delivery and assessments which we believe have helped raise the bar in education.”

The EIA Friend of the Education Industry Award is the Association’s highest and most prestigious honor.  It is presented annually to an individual who, and/or an organization which, fosters and demonstrates vision, entrepreneurship, a dedication to quality, and the spirit of public-private partnership in advancing education reform.  Previous recipients have included David Andrews, Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education; Jeanne Allen, Founder and President, Center for Education Reform; Toru Kumon, founder of Kumon Math & Reading Centers; and Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education. 

Andrew Rosen has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan, Inc. since 2008, but has helped pioneer much of the company’s innovation and growth since joining the company in 1992.  Among his many contributions are the founding of Concord Law School, the first fully online law school in the U.S.; the development of Kaplan University which now serves more than 46,000 online and ground campus students; and the creation of new blended online and classroom-based learning opportunities, which have been adapted for both working adults studying for college degrees and for students and professionals preparing for entrance and career certification exams.

Rosen is the author of Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy, which details the history of innovation in American higher education and lays out a prescription for restoring its pre-eminence by focusing anew on the goals of learning outcomes, access, affordability, and accountability. 

A resident of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Rosen is actively involved in a number of regional business and civic organizations. He currently serves on the boards of Enterprise Florida, Pine Crest School, the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, the Broward Workshop, and the Council for Educational Change.  He is also a member of the CEO Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (Broward County).   He has a law degree from Yale and A.B. degree from Duke University.  

About Kaplan, Inc.

Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools, and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training, and programs for kids in grades K through 12. Kaplan also operates an active venture capital fund, which invests in and supports early-stage education companies.  Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.

About the Education Industry Association

EIA is the leading voice for education entrepreneurs, advocating for the interests of businesses in the PreK – 12 market and serving as the knowledge center which integrates best practices and research that raise student achievement through innovation and improvement strategies. 

Founded in 1990, EIA is the leading trade association for private providers of education services, suppliers, and other private organizations in all sectors of education.  

For more information call EIA Executive Director Steven Pines at 800-252-3280 or visit www.educationindustry.org.
 

On Feb.19-21, 2014, senior industry exec's, policy makers, and investors will come together to form new partnerships and learn business strategies that create new deals. Preview the action here:

http://youtu.be/0bKEfE_7_Pc  Sessions focus on best practices in school procurement, solving business operations challenges through sessions offered by EIA-University, state and local policy shifts that create new business opportunities, and emerging technologies that support better teaching.  Register now at: http://www.educationindustry.org/education-industry-days

 

Our multi-year campaign will identify and promote specific improvements in the procurement transactions between K-12 school district buyers and private sector sellers, focusing on ed-tech and instructional support services that help districts attain superior student outcomes. These two segments are growing rapidly as the result of adoption of Common Core States Standards, school/district accountability and personalization of instruction.

As result of this work, EIA and our partners, intends to help make K-12 procurement more cost-efficient for both district buyers and sellers.  For buyers, we hope the project will result in lower transaction costs, shortened timelines, an easier process to work with diverse providers and boost student outcomes.  For sellers, including those new to the market, we hope the campaign  will enable them to better navigate the procurement system and integrate their proprietary solutions into the classroom.

Preliminary Findings:

During the summer of 2013, EIA and Digital Promise conducted preliminary research into the buying and selling practices of a subgroup of school superintendents and vendors. This is a first-cut into deeper studies into procurement practices that will occur in 2014. Click here to scan highlights of that initial survey.

To join the 2013 PVPG Procurement Campaign Agreement, please click here.

 


 
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EIA Rebuts FL Press Slam of SES

In an OpEd published in the Tampa Bay Times, on February 20, 2013, EIA's Steven Pines, corrects the reporting, "No cash left behind: Tutoring for profit in Florida," Feb. 10 and 11.The Tampa Bay Times regrettably chose to cite a handful of anecdotes and point to our sector's quite proper use of public advocacy to smear dozens of tutoring companies that have provided an educational lifeline to tens of thousands of Florida students and their families for nearly 10 years. Notably, not one parent or student was quoted on record regarding their experience with Supplemental Education Services tutoring.

On behalf of the members of the Education Industry Association, some of whom include providers of Supplemental Educational Services, I feel compelled to restore some semblance of balance to the story of how federally funded tutoring has lifted the academic skills of tens of thousands of Florida's low-income students — and why the alleged and (if true) inexcusable actions of a few should not be considered representative of all SES providers.

SES was the result of a bipartisan proposal crafted by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, the scion of the Democratic Party. About five years into SES, in a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, Kennedy staunchly defended the value of tutoring, recounting how it personally benefited the Kennedy family.

He then made the same civil rights argument that seemed to have been ridiculed by the Times, by saying that low-income students should have access to the same high-quality tutoring services that affluent families use every day. Kennedy's words inspired SES providers, working with school districts around the country, to redouble their efforts on behalf of those kids.

Yes, the federal No Child Left Behind law passed during President George W. Bush's administration expressly allowed education businesses to compete with one another to provide tutoring, but these businesses certainly do not dominate the SES tutoring market in Florida or elsewhere — despite the Times' consistent reference to all providers as "companies." In fact, about half of all tutoring is provided directly by public school districts, faith-based groups and nonprofit organizations.

Regarding the state's grading system of provider effectiveness, Florida has developed an approach to SES evaluation that serves as a national model, used by Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee, which includes a mix of state standardized testing, attendance, customer satisfaction surveys and provider pre/post testing. State and local education officials have given themselves every tool to ensure that tutoring organizations were delivering high-quality SES services.

With the exception of the few that allegedly gamed the system, I believe the vast majority of Florida-approved tutoring companies have served their students, their families and U.S. taxpayers honorably and ethically.

EIA does not condone criminal acts or malfeasance on the part of any SES providers, anywhere, and we would be among the first to call for strong sanctions against these organizations if the allegations reported by the Times are found to be true.

Florida (like 30 other states) adopted the EIA Code of Ethics for SES Providers, which provides industry guidance to government regulators on standards of best practice. I am encouraged that in the wake of the Times series, the Florida commissioner of education, Tony Bennett, announced new measures to expose and sanction those tutoring organizations that do not abide by the EIA code or related state regulations.

EIA makes no apologies for standing up for its tutoring company members, and on behalf of the tens of thousands of students that its members have so ably served in Florida. Access to quality educational services is a civil right that should continue to be enjoyed by students and their parents who cannot afford private tutoring like their wealthier counterparts.























 
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