“Disruptive” approach breaks the mold on traditional online program development

January 09, 2018

A longtime leader in online learning, Regis University’s online program development division is collaborating with Loma Linda University (LLU), a renowned, Seventh-day Adventist, health sciences institution in Southern California to develop courses for their School of Public Health.

Regis’ Higher Learning Partners (HLP) will provide the instructional design and technology, project management and other pertinent resources while LLU will provide the content and its own faculty to lead the online courses.

This novel agreement breaks from the traditional approach in which online program managers, known as OPMs, retain ownership of all intellectual property. It’s a lucrative industry with at least 36 companies offering virtual learning services worth more than $1.1 billion annually, according to the research firm Eduventures.

Regis, however, empowers its client universities to one day provide their own online coursework without Regis’ help by handing over ownership of all content, templates and plans.

Regis, which has its own extensive offerings of online degrees and certificates, expects LLU to complete the collaboration fully capable of running its own online public health courses.

“The work we do is disruptive of this industry, and it’s innovative,” said Thomas Gilhooly, executive director of HLP. “We want to teach our friends at other universities how to fish for themselves.”

Additionally, as a Catholic university inspired by Jesuit principles that include being men and women serving others, Regis’ business interests differ from those of a for-profit OPM. Regis’ focus on Christian service is its greatest selling point, according to DP Harris, LLU’s chief information officer and vice president of information services.

“Higher Learning Partners is actually in business to help other universities be stronger. Most providers are in business to keep us coming back to buy more and more products from them,” Harris said. “Regis has been in the online game a long time, and now they’re putting their energies into helping others get into the game.”

Since 1986, Regis’ HLP has been helping like-minded higher education partners and corporations drive enrollment and revenue growth through quality curriculum and program development and enhanced student services. It allows Regis to share its values of academic excellence and collaboration, promote innovative strategies and help partners meet the changing needs of their students and employees in a highly competitive market. 

HLP currently provides 1,200 online courses to 70 client universities through its Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities.

For more information about HLP, visit www.regis.edu/hlp

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University, one of 28 Jesuit universities in the U.S., has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University’s eight schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, Loma Linda University Health is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers more than 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ." For more information, visit https://lomalindauniversityhealth.org/?rsource=lluhealth.org.