UMUC Wins Three MDLA Awards, Cements Reputation as the Leader in Distance Learning

UMUC recognized for distance administrator, program and course of the year.

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   March 10, 2009

Adelphi, Md. (Mar. 10, 2009)—UMUC announced today that it won three awards from the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA) for distance administrator, program and course of the year.

Dr. Loyce Pailen, CISSP, associate provost, Office of Instructional Services and Support, was recognized as “Distance Administrator of the Year.” UMUC’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program was recognized as “Distance Program of the Year,” and its Elementary Chinese course received the honor of “Course of the Year.” The awards ceremony, honoring UMUC’s achievements were held March 5, 2009 at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Baltimore.

“As a higher education institution that is committed to setting the standard for quality distance learning, UMUC is proud to be honored for our acclaimed MBA program, experienced leadership, and innovative coursework,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Maryland Distance Learning Association, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to providing students in Maryland and globally with exceptional online educational opportunities.”

Dr. Pailen received the award for Distance Administrator of the Year for her leadership in the Office of Instructional Services and Support, where she oversees distance course support and the support of instruction. In that role, Pailen helped bring together subject matter experts, peer reviewers, editors and instructors to lead the way in offering superior online course materials to students.

UMUC’s MBA program, which received the Distance Program of the Year award, is offered 100 percent online or through a hybrid format of online and face-to-face instruction. The program was recognized for its flexibility, meeting the needs of working professionals and providing excellence in instruction through program design and delivery.

Similarly, the university’s elementary Chinese course was honored as Course of the Year. UMUC's overarching design philosophy in developing online language courses combines the best instructional design with the latest distance learning theories and practices available anywhere.

MDLA is a non-profit association of learning professionals, formed to advocate and promote the coordination and use of distance learning in education, training, research and business in Maryland and throughout the region.