USDLA Awards California Lutheran University with Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching

California Lutheran University was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world's most prestigious distance learning award presented for excellence in distance learning.

Online PR News – 19-May-2010 – – St. Louis, MO - May 5, 2010 -- The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2010 International Distance Learning Awards to California Lutheran University in conjunction with the 2010 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.

These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practice, Best Practice for Distance Learning Programming, Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual, Hall of Fame and Eagle Awards.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring California Lutheran University as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. California Lutheran University has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by California Lutheran University’s contributions to the distance learning industry."

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, video conferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

"Congratulations to California Lutheran University and every one of this year's award winners. USDLA takes great pride and responsibility in recognizing excellence and quality that benefit the entire industry. Through distance learning, education, and training we can provide access to the world's best award winning opportunities for school children, connect higher education students globally and transform the lives and careers of working adults. We are truly on the edge of something great and these winners clearly demonstrate and confirm the transformative powers of distance learning globally," said Reggie Smith III, President of USDLA.

“I am honored to receive this recognition for excellence in distance learning teaching from the United States Distance Learning Association. Distance learning enables millions to move towards their dreams and contributing to that growth as a teacher is a privilege that I sincerely value. I would like to thank California Lutheran University, the School of Business, the California Institute of Finance, and Dr. Somnath Basu, in particular, for affording me the opportunity to teach and develop online courses in the program and to recognize our students and alumni who make the online experience here so vibrant and rewarding.”

Julie Young, Chair of USDLA Board of Directors and President/CEO of Florida Virtual School (FLVS), noted that, “Once again this year’s award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning.” She continued, “I also look forward to seeing California Lutheran University again during our 2010 USDLA Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., September 22, 2010 and/or during National Distance Learning Week (, November 8-12, 2010.”

About California Lutheran University – California Institute of Finance
California Lutheran University's innovative and accredited program in Financial Planning is an online MBA and certificate program entirely geared toward financial planning and services professionals. It is designed to help mid-level professionals keep pace with growing market demand and stay ahead in this increasingly complex career field. In addition, this program prepares students to sit for the prestigious CFP Certification Exam.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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California Lutheran University – California Institute of Finance
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