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Regis University is a private, non-profit university, one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities in the United States. Regis educates more than 16,000 students through three Schools: Regis College, serving approximately 1,200 undergraduate students in a traditional setting; the Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions (RHSHP), offering undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs to approximately 1,800 students in Health Services Administration and Management, Nursing and Physical Therapy; and the School for Professional Studies (SPS), serving over 12,500 working adult students who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate certificates, as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs. All three schools focus on value-centered education that prepares men and women to excel in their chosen professions and to be "leaders in service of others" in their communities.

Regis University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition to a central campus in northwest Denver, Colorado, Regis University has five campus locations within Colorado, as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learning formats include traditional classroom-based, accelerated classroom-based, guided independent study, and distance education. All classes are provided within the standard term structure with course lengths including 16-week semester courses, and two eight-week or three five-week mini terms embedded within the semester. Distance education courses are provided in two eight-week terms per semester.

Distance education was introduced as a delivery model at Regis University in 1992 with an undergraduate degree completion program in business administration. Distance education programs include:

  • Four undergraduate bachelor's degree completion programs (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing); and
  • Four graduate degrees (Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Information Technology, Master of Nonprofit Management and Master of Science in Management.

These programs are offered totally online as well as in the classroom.

At Regis University, the methods used to deliver distance education include Internet, a common curricular template, text and media learning resources. The pedagogical and design concept guiding this course delivery is a disaggregated model of instruction. In this model, a team of faculty designs a curricular template for each course offered in a given program of instruction. All teaching faculty utilize these templates as the basic syllabus for the course and use the same text and media learning resources. This model allows the University to provide the high quality resources and technology to each course that would not be possible if each faculty member were to develop his or her own specialized course. This model also allows the University to put in place appropriate quality control measures.


Regis University has a waiver of the requirement that Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards be applied consistently to all students within categories of students.

Financial Aid Issues and Alternatives

Regis University is utilizing an enhanced version of financial aid measures that include a quantitative progress evaluation each semester with a total qualitative and quantitative review after each academic year. Over the project's duration, comparison analysis will be done of SAP outcomes for financial aid recipients in the SPS undergraduate business administration degree completion program as it relates to those enrolled in their program either totally online, taking some on line courses or totally classroom-based.

Financial aid cost of attendance budgets are the same for distance programs and classroom-based programs. The working adults in SHCP and SPS are considered to be attending school year round through three four-month semesters.

Additional Goals for Participation

Regis University will examine the enrollment patterns of the students enrolled in the SPS undergraduate business administration degree completion program. Student persistence and satisfactory academic progress will be measured.

Consortium Agreements

Regis University is a member of the Jesuit Distance Education Network (i.e., JesuitNET), a collaborative effort of Jesuit schools to develop, share and deliver a broad range of online academic programs and services for a national and eventually international audience. Regis University is also a member of Western Governor's University.

Articulation agreements are in place in Colorado with eight community colleges and out-of-state with an additional eight community colleges. Regis works in partnership with University Alliance in Florida to provide the online graduate MBA program and with Sun Microsystems to provide both the online undergraduate major in computer information systems and the online MSCIT degree. Regis also works in partnership with WestNet Learning Technologies to deliver the online undergraduate major and certificate in computer networking.

Other Relevant Information

Regis University is a partner in a LAAP (Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships) project entitled Beyond the Administrative Core: Creating Web-based Student Services for Online Learners. The project is led by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Other partners include Kansas State University, Kapi'olani Community College, and SCT.

Demonstration Program Cohort

Regis University joined the Distance Education Demonstration Program in July 2001 as part of the second cohort.

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