Monday, March 07, 2016

UIS honored for strategic innovation in online education by national association

The University of Illinois Springfield is being honored as a national leader in online education. The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) will present UIS with its award for Strategic Innovation in Online Education during its annual conference on April 8, 2016 in San Diego, CA.

The award recognizes an institution of higher education that has set and met innovative goals focused on online education and been strategic in the planning, development, implementation and sustainability in the line with the institutional mission.

“We are deeply honored by this prestigious national award that recognizes the vision and leadership of the university in applying technologies to enhance teaching and learning at UIS,” said Ray Schroeder, UIS associate vice chancellor for online learning.

In applying for the award, UIS submitted information about recent achievements in online learning showing how overall objectives were met.

“Being recognized for the online learning leadership and strategic planning that UIS is known for nationally is an exciting testament to the faculty who teach, the administrators who strategically plan for success, and for the students who have chosen UIS to achieve their educational goals,” said Vickie Cook, director of the UIS Center for Online Learning, Research and Service.

UIS offers twelve undergraduate degree programs and eleven graduate degree programs online. Over 300 UIS faculty provide high quality online education experiences for students across the nation and around the world each semester.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked all UIS undergraduate degree programs among the top 30 best in the nation. The Management Information Systems graduate business program was ranked 18th best nationally.

UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves more than 400 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America.

For more information, contact Ray Schroeder at 217/206-7531 or

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