UW-Stout receives quality certification for distance learning
February 20, 2014
University of Wisconsin-Stout has received the Quality Standards Certification
for excellence from the United States Distance Learning Association. UW-Stout
is the only university in the UW System to receive this distance learning
"UW-Stout has been a leader in providing
online and distance education for decades," said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen
in announcing the certification. "This announcement tells the world that the
programs we provide across the country and the world meet the highest standards
for academic rigor and quality."
Institutions that receive USDLA/QS
certification have been evaluated using 124 standards that focus on the areas
of administration; leadership and management; student affairs; and teaching and
learning. Certification is awarded for a five-year period, subject to
performance and annual renewal.
"Going through the process of the
USDLA Quality Standards Certification not only validates the quality services
that UW-Stout provides, but also identifies areas on which we can improve in
providing online programs to our students," said Doug Stevens, UW-Stout Online
UW-Stout has nine undergraduate completion
programs offered online, as well as 12 graduate degree programs and 22
certificate and certification programs. Online course offerings provided by
UW-Stout have grown tremendously in recent years from 184 in 2002-2003 to 792 in
2012-13. This fall semester 1,550 students from 46 states and 26 countries were
enrolled in online programs.
The USDLA, located in Boston, is a
nonprofit organization formed in 1987 that promotes the development and
application of distance learning for education and training. It serves the
needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information,
networking and opportunity.
More information about UW-Stout Online is