Kaplan University To Lay Off 200, Mostly In South Florida

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Due to declining enrollment, Kaplan University said Wednesday it is laying off 200 admissions workers, primarily in its Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Boca Raton offices. Kaplan has been downsizing as it struggles with fallen enrollment and investigations into its sales tactics.

"We've taken the necessary steps to reduce our workforce … to stabilize after a period of decline," said Stephen White, spokesman. He said the layoffs are about 2 percent of Kaplan's total employment nationwide.

No faculty members are affected by the layoff, he said. Kaplan has not yet posted a notice warning the state of the layoff.

The Iowa-based university, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Co., has seen its enrollment decline from about 62,000 in 2011 to 49,000 as of March 31. Kaplan reported a first quarter loss of $13.2 million, compared to income of $20 million in the first quarter of 2011.

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