Regis University’s Higher Learning Partners is the only educational institution-run organization in the U.S. that provides professional development through consortium management and consulting services for colleges and universities, as well as business and educational leaders. 

Higher Learning Partners is also the solution for businesses seeking continuing education and professional trainings for their staff members. As the primary partner of businesses and organizations looking to invest in their employees, as well as universities that want to provide their students with more, Higher Learning Partners delivers these services seamlessly, while offering customized solutions.

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Work with an Experienced Leader in Higher Education Services

Since 1986, Regis University has been helping like-minded higher education partners and corporations, nationally and globally, drive enrollment and revenue growth through quality curriculum and program development and enhanced student services. Through its New Ventures division, known today as Higher Learning Partners, Regis has become widely known as a change agent for colleges and universities, and corporations seeking to grow accelerated, online and professional training programs. 

With 30 years of experience, Higher Learning Partners of Regis University (HLP) understands what it takes to help its corporate and institutional partners be successful. HLP is consistently aware of national trends regarding changing workforce needs, emerging curriculum and academic programs. Sharing values of academic excellence and collaboration, our team is committed to promoting innovative strategies and best practices to assist our partners in meeting the changing needs of their students and employees.

We offer a range of customized, cost-effective services to help our partners meet their strategic goals and be profitable in a highly competitive market. Services include strategic planning, project management, developing corporate partnerships, faculty training and development, program assessment and development, soft-skills and leadership training and recruitment and retention strategies. 

Contact us today to learn how we can assist your organization in meeting its strategic goals and educational needs.

Executive Director
email: tgilhooly@regis.edu

Thomas is a Regis University undergrad alumni who also holds a master’s degree in education. Thomas has more than 22 years’ experience in organizational leadership and development. He has worked for Denver Public Schools designing online courses, Fortune 500 companies and successful tech startups. He has successfully founded and held vice president roles at numerous successful organizations that include international department of defense contracting services, financial technology services, enterprise level security solutions and hospitality entities. During his tenures, Thomas’ leadership, organizational and entrepreneurship skills have directly affected not only the positive financial growth of each venture, but also a true sense of purpose and community.

Samantha Brown
Associate Director
email: sbrown004@regis.edu

Sam began working for Regis University in 2004 and with the OCICU/New Ventures in 2006. As Associate Director, she oversees the day-to-day operations and provides institutional training and support for OCICU partners and their students. Sam was a key developer in the secure management software, RangerLink, and has become an expert in the SMS application. Sam graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Tom Kennedy
Relationship Manager

Tom has been involved in higher education for 50 years. He is the former president of New Ventures, Inc. of Regis University and is currently chief strategist of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU). Tom’s proficiency includes higher education leadership, student affairs, athletics, university advancement and collaborative partnerships. He has been a dean, coach and faculty member.




Adam Samhouri
Academic Director
email: asamhour@regis.edu

Educated at Brigham Young University, Adam received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. He attended Utah State University where he earned a Master of Science in Instructional Technology in 1994. Since that time, he has worked with several professional companies as a Lead Instructional Designer and or as a Project Manager. Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) with PMI as HLP Academic Director, Adam provides strategic, academic, eLearning, project management and consulting services to partner institutions.



Darlene Scollon
Business Manager
email: dscollon@regis.edu

As Manager of Business and Administrative services, Darlene provides administrative, logistical, financial, budgetary and analytical services to Higher Learning Partners of Regis University. In addition, she has over 20 years of experience providing administrative and systems consulting services to Regis University partner schools. Her areas of expertise include Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts processes and systems. Darlene is also one of the founding developers of the highly successful Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU), which provides a means for like-minded institutions to share their online courses with others. Darlene graduated from Regis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1995. 


Jessica Wallace
OCICU Manager of Member Support Services
email: jwallace@regis.edu

As the OCICU Manager of Member Support Services, Jessica serves as the primary point of contact for the OCICU membership partners and facilitates connections and communications between Members, Providers, and their students by providing administration and logistical services to support and ensure that enrollment coordination, resolution strategies, policy compliance, and guidance is available as an invaluable service for our Member partners. She graduated with a B.S. in Applied Psychology in 2010 from Regis University. Jessica has worked for Regis University since 2004 as an Admissions Coordinator and then a Marketing Coordinator for new student enrollment strategies before joining Higher Learning Partners in 2012.  

RangerLink® is proprietary software developed by Regis University, designed to meet the specific needs of higher education consortia, and professional and continuing education consortia partnerships.

RangerLink® can be fully customized to meet your organizational needs and is a proven secure management system designed to aid in safe and effective exchange of confidential information and resources.

"Gallaudet students were thrilled to be able to finish their degree plan on time with OCICU courses covering the ones that were not available during a specific term at their institution. Students also appreciated the experience of online learning and meeting other students from all over the country."

Mary "Tammy" Weiner, PhD
Director, Office of Distance Education
Gallaudet University

“As a charter member of the OCICU, Culver-Stockton College has been utilizing consortium courses since 2005.  We value the flexibility and convenience of the classes offered through the OCICU that allow our students to stay on track for graduation.  The SMS system is user-friendly, and OCICU representatives are quick to respond to our questions.  OCICU provides a convenient way for students to access a variety of general education courses, as well as upper-level courses in many majors.” 

Dr. Dell Ann Janney
Associate Dean of Instruction
Culver-Stockton College

“OCICU is a great resource to have in those the unique moments when a student needs a specific course that is otherwise unavailable. 

There are a variety of courses, and it is easy for institutions to review course descriptions and syllabi to be sure that the learning outcomes of an OCICU course are in sync with the home institution’s requirements.  Sometimes I need a specific course, say a PSYCH 101, but other times I may need a broad fine-arts option, and OCICU provides diverse course options for me to select from (humanities, fine arts, general arts, music appreciation, etc.).  It’s nice to have the options to provide to my advisees. 

I think a major piece of advice for anyone who would like to offer OCICU courses is to be sure that they are very familiar with the OCICU process – from registration at the home institution to the OCICU side, to the essentials of preparing students for the reality of online, accelerated learning and the steps of accountability that come along with it. As such, Academic Advising and a strong rapport with the Registrar’s Office is essential for placement in any OCICU course.” 

Jackie Martin, M.S.
Senior Academic Advisor
Neumann University

“As Higher Education continues to evolve and respond to the changing economic landscape, it’s part of our strategic plan and mission for Gannon to provide as many opportunities and strategies as possible for students to complete their degree. Our participation in OCICU over the past 12 years has been an important part of that strategy. OCICU has been a valuable option in helping our advisees that are experiencing a hardship or scheduling conflict complete their degree. Our participation in the consortium gives our students the ability to reach their professional and educational goals.”

Tex Brieger
Director of Distance Education
Gannon University

Data shows that Heritage University students who take OCICU courses are just as successful as students who take the same courses face-to-face on campus. We joined OCICU when we found we didn’t have enough students filling upper division courses. As result, we are able to offer a high quality courses to our own students and students across the country. We fill our courses, bring in additional tuition income, and help students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to course content. Our students take OCICU courses that we don’t have the capacity to offer, which provides our students with the depth and breadth they need to be successful in their college career and beyond. Our faculty and students ask for OCICU courses now because of their proven track record for success and quality.”

SaraBecca Martin
Director of Institutional Accountability
Heritage University