Independent Study High school program earns award

The United States Distance Learning Association presented a 2011 International Distance Learning Award to UNL's Independent Study High School for high school physics in the K-12 Best Practices and Distance Learning Programming category. USDLA is a non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization.

The awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. 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.

"The quality of our program is important to serving students and learning organizations," said Barbara Wolf Shousha, director of the UNL Independent Study High School. "We are honored to have received this award from a highly regarded industry organization. This recognition further strengthens our dedication to meeting the changing needs of students and education professionals."

John Flores, executive director of the USDLA, said UNL's Independent Study High School is a leader in the industry.

"The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Independent Study High School has raised the bar of excellence," Flores said. "We are truly honored by their contributions to the distance learning industry."

The UNL Independent Study High School provides an accredited, high quality online education. Serving schools and students since 1929, the school now reaches students online throughout the United States and across the globe. The college preparatory curriculum includes courses in core, elective, and advance placement subjects. Students may take individual courses or earn a diploma. The program is accredited by AdvancEd (North Central Association), the Nebraska Department of Education, and approved by the NCAA.

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