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Brandeis and Regis Announce Exchange Agreement

July 6, 2011

Weston, MA. Regis College in Weston and Brandeis University in Waltham have signed a cross-registration agreement enabling graduate students admitted at either Regis or Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management to attend graduate-level courses offered at either school.

The agreement provides graduate students the opportunity for course work that complements their studies but may be unavailable at their home institutions. Thus, a health administration student at Regis may want to take “Issues in National Health Policy” at Brandeis, and a Heller School student at Brandeis would have the opportunity to study “Biostatistics” at Regis.

Students may take one course each semester, and full-time students at each school must maintain a full-time course load at their home institutions. Participation will depend on factors such as class size and course prerequisites.

According to Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, former Dean of the Regis School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, “I believe that partnerships like this one are becoming an increasingly significant part of the higher education landscape.”

“Colleges and universities throughout the rich higher education environment of greater Boston,” she continued, “are identifying their particular strengths and affinities and making agreements to support the paths of college students toward productive outcomes, including career preparation.”

Lisa Lynch, PhD, Dean of the Heller School, noted that the agreement creates opportunities for synergy between the two institutions. “Having a transfer agreement in place with an institution like Regis College is of great benefit to our students,” she said. “This agreement assists us in offering students in both institutions an even richer range of courses,” she added.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 20 undergraduate majors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, regulatory and clinical research management, and nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Contact: Marjorie Arons-Barron, aronsbarron@barronaw.com; 617-423-7770 

Brandeis University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution of higher learning named in honor of the distinguished U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Founded in 1948 by members of the American Jewish community, the university today combines the breadth and scope of a world-class research university and the intimacy and accessibility of a small liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, Brandeis is widely recognized for the excellence of its teaching, the quality and diversity of its student body and the outstanding research of its faculty.

Since its founding in 1959, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management has consistently developed new knowledge and insights within the field of social policy and health and human services management. Heller's unique interdisciplinary approach prepares its graduates for fulfilling careers finding solutions to society's most pressing social problems. Through the graduate education of students, pursuit of applied interdisciplinary research and active public engagement, the Heller School constantly examines policies and programs that respond to the changing needs of vulnerable individuals and groups in our society. Visit Brandeis on the Web at www.brandeis.edu.

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