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Learning House, Campbellsville University announce new commitment to online learning, innovation

Louisville-based The Learning House Inc. and Campbellsville University announced this week an eight-year commitment to providing innovative online degree programs to students from Kentucky and across the country. Using data-driven research, this non-traditional partnership aims to connect job-seekers with new online education opportunities, particularly in fields where online programs are rare.

Learning House CEO Todd Zipper (left) and Campbellsville University President Dr. Michael Carter (right) sign commitment to online learning

Online enrollment at Campbellsville University has grown by 149 percent since the institution began working with Learning House. This unprecedented growth allowed them to meet their 2025 overall enrollment goals five years ahead of schedule.

“The increase in online enrollment, particularly in our social work master’s program, proves there are students searching for accessible programs like these,” said Dr. Shane Garrison, vice president of online enrollment at Campbellsville University. “As a liberal arts institution known for traditional on-the-ground education, the willingness to innovate has really been a game-changer for us. We’ve experienced firsthand the difference it makes when we meet students where they are, in turn fulfilling our Christian mission of bettering the lives of others.”

The university has recently broken every enrollment record through a combination of online, on-campus, and blended learning programs. Additionally, student retention rates have also improved.

Crowd gathers in support of expanded partnership at the Campbellsville University Louisville Education center

“We place an emphasis on practical programs designed to lead to job success. Every online program designed by Learning House focuses on student-centric processes and a high-quality experience,” said Todd Zipper, CEO of The Learning House Inc. “We collaborate very closely with all of our partners to ensure we’re meeting regional needs, for example, at Campbellsville we make sure that the university’s Christian ethos is reflected in every program.”

Growth at Campbellsville is expected to increase even further. Currently, 32 online programs are offered to students with plans to develop seven more within the calendar year. The online Master of Social Work program has been particularly successful, with nearly 300 enrollments to date. It had the strongest start of any program in the University’s history, proof that data-driven research and collaborative design works.

“Campbellsville has been a great partner, and we look forward to our continued work together,” said Zipper. “We want to help people reach their potential and accomplish their career goals by providing not only better access to education, but by creating programs that foster results and skill retention.”

New 2018 online programs include but are not limited to master’s courses in computer science, divinity, and sports management, bachelor’s courses in leadership and missions, as well as new certificate options in the fields of communications and social work.

To view a case study on Campbellsville University’s online growth, click here.

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