Kaplan University to open downtown Milwaukee instructional site

Kaplan University plans to open a Milwaukee campus in a 7,355-square-foot space on the first floor of the building at 211 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.

Iowa College Acquisition Corp. d.b.a. Kaplan University, plans to open an instructional site in a 7,355-square-foot space on the first floor of the building at 211 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee, according to information filed with the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

The 8-story, 101,895-sqaure-foot building is owned by a group of investors known as Zahara Wisconsin Ave LLC and Zaida Wisconsin Ave LLC. Most of the building is occupied by the Internal Revenue Service.

The first floor retail space in the building has been vacant for years. Last year Ohio-based JHF Group had planned to open a Cadillac Ranch bar and restaurant in the space, but those plans fell through.

Kaplan University offers online master’s, bachelor’s, associate’s and professional law degrees, as well as online certificate programs. It is not affiliated with Kaplan College-Milwaukee.

Kaplan University is providing a hybrid model in which its new online university students are enrolled at a physical facility, such as the planned instructional site in downtown Milwaukee. Once enrolled, students will attend their first two terms of general education core classes there. After the first two terms, students will continue their coursework online. The Milwaukee campus will provide support services for students including tutoring, a resource center and a student lounge. The campus is expected to have 15 full-time office employees, five part-time teachers and about 140 students.

A spokeswoman for Kaplan University declined to comment on its Milwaukee plans until after the March 19 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

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