Kaplan University Launches College of Public Service

Kaplan University Also Announces its First Empowerment Awards Program to Recognize Public Service Teams from the Nonprofit and Government Sectors


Davenport, Iowa, September 17, 2012—Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, announced the official launch of the College of Public Service today. The new college brings together Kaplan University’s existing schools—Graduate Education, Arts & Sciences and Public Safety—under one college encompassing a wide variety of disciplines with the common thread being public service.

With a total of 40 degree and certificate programs, the College of Public Service equips and empowers students with the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the nonprofit or government sectors. Programs such as Education, Fire Science, and Psychology are offered at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.
“The College of Public Service combines disciplines which share a vital mission serving the needs of the public and more broadly, the greater society,” said Wade Dyke, president of Kaplan University. “The joining of the Graduate Education, Arts & Sciences and Public Safety programs provides students greater access to a broader assortment of course offerings and expert faculty, fostering collaboration and encouraging dialogue and the exchange of ideas among current and future public servants dedicated to building and enhancing our society.”

The introduction of the new College of Public Service will be complemented with a new online information resource center available at center-public-service.kaplanu.edu. This online resource will provide Kaplan University students, alumni and the general public with information, services and opportunities related to the public service field. It will also act as an interactive community for Kaplan University faculty to share their expertise and counsel based on their real life experiences.

Celebrating Teamwork with New Public Service Empowerment Awards

To mark and celebrate the new College of Public Service, Kaplan University has established the “Kaplan University Empowerment Awards for Public Service Teams.” The awards program will recognize and honor the important work of teams nationwide involved in delivering public services, whether they are in the government or nonprofit sector. The award categories align with the College’s degree programs and include: Human Services, Public Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, Homeland Security, Public Education and Fire and Emergency Management.

“The Kaplan Public Service Empowerment Awards program will call much deserved attention to the accomplishments of extraordinary teams throughout the nation who have chosen to not only make a career of public service, but also enhance the quality of life throughout our communities,” said Connie Bosse, vice president of the Kaplan University College of Public Service. “We felt it was important to recognize the work of teams rather than individuals because teamwork is a core attribute shared by our nation’s best public servants and one we emphasize at the Kaplan University College of Public Service.”

Nominate a Public Service Team

Nominations require a one-page summary of how the team demonstrates empowerment and teamwork in the public service sectors and must be submitted via email by October 25 at center-public-service.kaplanu.edu.

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