UMass Lowell's Online Programs Win 3 Sloan-C Excellence Awards!

UMass Lowell's Online Programs Win 3 Sloan-C Excellence Awards!

The University of Massachusetts Lowell's Continuing Studies and Corporate Education Division was notified this past month that it has received three national awards for excellence in its online education programs from The Sloan Consortium - an association of more than 1,000 institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning.

"This recognition is one of the highest honors we could receive," said Jacqueline Moloney, dean of Continuing Studies and Corporate Education, who launched UMass Lowell's online program ten years ago. "It's tremendously rewarding to have our faculty, staff and administration be nationally recognized as leaders in this field."

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) has recognized the Division for: "Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Teaching and Learning Programming," "Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching," and "Excellence in Online Teaching," which was awarded to Psychology Assoc. Prof. Joan Cannon. "The Institution-Wide award speaks to the high quality of the online programs at UMass Lowell," said Chancellor William T. Hogan. "We're very proud of the accomplishments of all of the administrators and faculty involved."

UMass Lowell's programs are offered through the UMassOnline system initiative headed by CEO David Gray who says, "UMassOnline proudly acknowledges the contributions of UMass Lowell to the greater whole and its work in developing its own programs and those of the whole system."

UMass Lowell offers a broad range of online degrees and certificates in disciplines such as Criminal Justice, Education, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Liberal Arts, Management, Psychology and more.

Created with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C encourages the sharing of knowledge and of effective practices. Membership is open to academic institutions, government and corporate agencies, and organizations that support quality in higher education.

"Quality online education continues to show vigor and strength. Every year we see advances in the important matters of quality, scale and breadth within this still fledgling community," says Sloan-C President Frank Mayadas. "The individuals and institutions honored this year are, as before, exceptional, and we honor them for demonstrating exceptional leadership in advancing online education along these dimensions."

Date: 11/01/05