Distance Learning

Walsh U Taps Private Partner to Expand Online Programs

Walsh University is teaming with a private partner to expand its online education offerings.

The private Catholic university in Ohio will launch new online programs and grow existing ones in the areas of nursing and business with the help of online program management (OPM) provider Keypath Education. Walsh saw 39 percent growth in its master's nursing program between 2011 and 2016 and a 62 percent growth in its RN-BSN programs over the same period.

The university chose Keypath "for their end-to-end online program expertise and reputation of working with similar institutions to expand access to working professionals while preserving instructional quality," according to a news release. "The partnership entails collaboration with university leadership and faculty on all facets of the student lifecycle, including capital to fund the programs, marketing and recruitment, retention services, as well as course development and faculty support."

The 10-year partnership between Walsh and Keypath will support five programs, including Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science in Nursing — Nurse Educator.

"We realized we had to both prepare the university for future generations and extend the instruction and mission to those who might not have had access to Walsh University before," said Provost Douglas Palmer in a prepared statement. "We sought a partner that would be responsive to our unique culture and mission. Keypath has demonstrated their commitment to student experience and ability to deliver sustainable enrollment growth."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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