Kaplan's launch last year with Techstars of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator was cited among the many reasons the company is among the most innovative education companies in the world, so say the folks at Fast Company (and they should know, 'cause they cover this stuff alot).
Here's what Peg Tyre writes in the 2014 Most Innovative Companies issue:
For testing and prepping students for the new era of education. The 75-year-old industry stalwart might have started as a test-prep company, but it continues to evolve to keep pace with students' changing learning habits--and the changing job market. It's wholly embracing and developing new techcentric curriculums: Last year, it launched a pilot program at its university's School of Information Technology, which used the gamification platform Badgeville to boost participating students grades by 9%, graduated the inaugural class of its Techstars-powered education startup accelerator, launched a bootcamp for aspiring Ruby on Rails web developers, and--in its most strategic, and perhaps preemptive, move--acquired Grockit, the notable online test-prep service that recently logged on its one millionth user.
READ the entire article, "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education," at Fast Company.