UMUC Cements Its Position at Forefront of Distance Learning, Wins Five Awards from MDLA and USDLA

Awards honor UMUC faculty, Doctor of Management and Master of Business Administration programs for innovation and excellence in distance learning


May 4, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (May 4, 2011)—UMUC announced today that it has won five awards from the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA) and United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The awards come on the heels of an earlier win of the 2011 Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) for providing outstanding education programs to the U.S. armed forces.

UMUC's Doctor of Management (DM) program won the "Best Distance Learning Programming" award from MDLA, and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program won the "2011 Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming – Silver" award from USDLA. Also from USDLA, Dr. Les Pang won the "2011 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching – Platinum" award, and Drs. Stella Porto and Irena Bojanova both won "Outstanding Leadership By an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning" awards.

"We are honored that UMUC has been recognized by USDLA and MDLA both for our innovative programs and for our talented and dedicated faculty," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "Our mission is to serve adult and nontraditional students, and it is gratifying to receive these prestigious awards, which acknowledge our position as a leader and pioneer in providing quality educational opportunities to adult students in Maryland, across the country and around the world."

MDLA recognized the DM program for innovation and specifically cited the program's modular approach to the dissertation project, which increases student success. USDLA recognized the MBA program for excellence in interactivity, design, technology, and assessment.

Dr. Les Pang, program director, Information Systems and Services, was honored by USDLA for achieving extraordinary results in the distance learning field. Dr. Stella Porto, program director, Distance Education and Technology, and Dr. Irena Bojanova, program director, Telecommunications Management, were honored for outstanding leadership in distance learning, in program or technology development, program leadership, and research.