The 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 certification.
"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 director.
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.
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