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WGU Accepts 21st Century Distance Learning Award at National USDLA Conference in Indianapolis

News Brief - 5/3/17

INDIANAPOLIS, — WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber accepted the 21st Century Distance Learning Award, on behalf of Western Governors University, Monday evening at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) awards reception. The event was hosted in Downtown Indianapolis at the Hilton Hotel.

USDLA “Online, competency-based education is the most effective way for adults to pursue higher education. Our model uses technology to provide portability, convenience and affordability,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. “We are thankful for the USDLA’s recognition and happy to host them here in the Hoosier State.”

The USDLA is a nonprofit association organized to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications. Its 21st Century Distance Learning Award recognizes institutions or companies that demonstrate outstanding leadership in distance learning, have a clear vision for its implementation and effectively teach students with the use of technology.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring WGU as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA."WGU has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by WGU’s contributions within all distance learning constituencies.”

The 21st Century Distance Learning Award was conveyed at the USDLA 2017 National Conference, taking place in Indianapolis. Attendees include administrators at all levels of education, K-12 and higher education faculty, corporate partners, and developers.

“Western Governors University has been at the cutting edge of higher education since its founding,” added Barber. “And the state institutions, like WGU Indiana, have taken that spirit and organized new and exciting partnerships that make our online university an integral part of the communities we serve.”

To read more about the conference, visit the USDLA website.

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