USDLA awards WebCampus 21st Century Best Practices Award for Distance Learning
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Board today presented Stevens Institute of Technology's WebCampus with its new 21st Century Best Practices Award for Distance Learning. The award recognizes the leadership of trend-setting and innovative corporations and nonprofit agencies and is the highest award bestowed upon an organization in the industry. This is the second major award given to WebCampus. In 2003, the Sloan Foundation named WebCampus the Best Online University in the Nation.
The Best Practices award is given to organizations that demonstrate extraordinary achievement through distance learning. Its recipients have distinguished themselves in areas that include research and writing as well as leadership activities in regional, national or international forums. They have been active in melding education and training technologies to enhance the learning experience of those at a distance. Recipients are singled out for their positive impact on the distance learning industry.
Dr. John Flores, CEO of USDLA, noted that distance learning technology frequently opens new frontiers of learning. "The recipients of the 21st Century Award have often been the pioneers, not only for distance learning, but for education and training in general. This award speaks of innovation and it speaks of excellence. These are the people and organizations that have done the heavy-lifting to make all of this happen."
The USDLA presented its 2005 Distance Learning Awards at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Fall Training and Online Learning Conference and Expo in Long Beach, CA, the premier conference and expo for USDLA and the distance learning industry. The annual USDLA awards program acknowledges major accomplishments in distance learning and highlights those instructors, programs and distance leaning professionals who have distinguished themselves in the field.
"The USDLA awards have become the standard of excellence for recognizing achievement in distance learning," said Dr. Flores. "This year we received numerous entries. That made this an especially intense competition – these winners are truly superb." For the 2005 Awards program, USDLA focused upon three major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Awards were submitted for Online Distance Learning, Video Conferencing and Satellite Distance Learning.
The USDLA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. USDLA represents 4,500 members from preK-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate, military and government, home schooling and telemedicine. USDLA is the leading source of information on distance learning that focuses on public policy which impacts distance learning and its varied constituencies. With offices in Boston, MA, the association continues to establish chapters in all fifty states. For more information about USDLA, visit the organization's website at www.usdla.org.
Since its inception in 2000, WebCampus has enrolled more than 6,000 graduate students from 40 US states and 40 countries. The same faculty teach both online and on campus. WebCampus' more than 160 courses (eight fully online MS degrees and 27 certificates that can be applied to graduate degrees) have the same content as face-to-face classes as well as the same tuition and student support services. Ninety-two percent of students complete their online courses that are fully accredited by the Middle States Commission. About Stevens Institute of Technology
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