USDLA Honors Full Sail University with Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2011

10-May-2011 | News-Press Release

St. Louis, MO, May 5, 2011 -- The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2011 International Distance Learning Awards to Full Sail University in conjunction with the 2011 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.

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, Full Sail University received the 21st Century Best Practice in Distance Learning Award which recognizes pioneering organizations in the field that have changed distance learning, as well as new organizations that have challenged existing practice by developing new and innovative solutions for distance learning instruction.

In addition, Full Sail University’s Chief Information Officer, Isis P. Jones, received the award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning, while Course Director, Kathy Craven earned the Silver Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Full Sail University as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA. "Full Sail University has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by Full Sail’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, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

"Congratulations to Full Sail 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 Dr. Denzil Edge, President of USDLA.

“Full Sail University is honored and humbled to have been recognized by the USDLA at their 2011 International Distance Learning Awards,” said Ken Goldstone, Chief Operating Officer for Full Sail University. “These awards stand as a tribute to Full Sail’s faculty and information technology professionals and we all extend our gratitude to Isis Jones and our staff for striving to create best-in-class online educational experiences for our students.”

Reggie Smith III, Chair of USDLA Board of Directors noted that, “This year’s award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning.” He continued, “I also look forward to seeing Full Sail University again during National Distance Learning Week (, November 7-11, 2011.”

“When we developed our online learning environment from the ground up, a tremendous amount of heart and soul went into the process to ensure our students would receive a uniquely people-focused experience, while obtaining an exceptional education,” said Luis Garcia, Vice President of Full Sail Online. “We thank the USDLA for this tremendous honor.”

About Full Sail University:
Since 1979, Full Sail University has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 34,500 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 191-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 13,000 students from 50 states and 49 countries. Full Sail currently offers a total of 37 Associate, Bachelor, and Master campus degree and online degree programs including: Computer Animation, Creative Writing for Entertainment, Digital Arts & Design, Digital Cinematography, Education Media Design & Technology, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, Media Design, Mobile Development, Music Business, Music Production, New Media Journalism, Recording Arts, Recording Engineering, Show Production, Sports Marketing & Media, and Web Design & Development. Full Sail was named the 2008 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges; The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine; one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

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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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