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Kaplan University Promotes Dr. Sara Sander as Vice President of Its Newly Formed School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
[April 21, 2014]

Kaplan University Promotes Dr. Sara Sander as Vice President of Its Newly Formed School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

DAVENPORT, Iowa --(Business Wire)--

Kaplan University today announced that Dr. Sara Sander has been named Dean and Vice President of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In this role, Dr. Sander will oversee the largest school at the University which includes the programs formerly under the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Legal Studies and Public Safety.

Foundational to her role, Dr. Sander will provide academic leadership, financial management and vision. She will spearhead the school's strategic transformation of its courses and programs to meet the ever-changing needs of today's learners. Together with her leadership team, Dr. Sander will provide academic oversight for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. As Vice President and Dean of the School she will report directly to the University Provost, Dr. Betty Vandenbosch.

"Sara's demonstrated ability and expertise to drive change and growth, as well as her focus on students can now be leveraged to adapt to the prevalent changes we are seeing in higher education today," said Dr. Vandenbosch. "Our students will benefit from her expertise, commitment and strength in aligning market needs with learning outcomes in an effective manner that are relevant to today's employers and adult students."

Sara's 17-year career with Kaplan University began as an Admission Advisor with several promotions that provided her with a broad understanding in online higher education. Most recently, as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, her many accomplishments included leading the creation and addition of several programs and specialties such as undergraduate and graduate psychology, human services, and early childhood development; building a virtual community of student organizations at Kaplan University; and fostering an academic environment that encourages faculty scholarship.

Dr. Sander earned a Bachelor and Master of Communication from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She earned a Doctoral degree in Adult Education from Capella University (News - Alert).

About the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a wide breadth of graduate and undergraduate academic programs that develop professionals and leaders that go into fields that make difference in response to human and societal causes, issues and needs. This is inclusive of behavioral and educational development and mediation, public safety, services, communications, and legal and policy-oriented processes. Our academic courses and student experience focuses on building industry specific knowledge and skills, as well key foundational knowledge such as ethics, critical-thinking and communications to foster sound decision-making and leadership in our graduates.

Degree programs in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences include both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of Psychology, Public Administration, Environmental Policy, Communications, Human Services, Early Childhood Development, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Fire Science, Paralegal and Legal Studies. More information on these programs can be found here:

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 43,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 60,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan's higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. 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-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit

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