Bethune-Cookman is the first university in the state to receive the certification.
BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
Bethune-Cookman University has received a major accomplishment for its online college.
The online college recently was certified as a United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) program. According to the university, B-CU’s Online College is the first program in Florida and the second HBCU (historically Black college or university) in the nation to be certified.
The USDLA committee spent three days on campus last week as a culmination to a very lengthy and detailed review process. The online college currently offers nine degrees, including three masters and six bachelors programs.
“This is a very proud moment for B-CU. We are the first to attain this certification in the state. That speaks volumes about the leaders of this program and their quality of work,” B-CU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson said in a statement this week.
According to the USDLA, a certified program represents an institution that adheres to a recognized standard of performance and is committed to offering a first-quality, distance learning program.
“We are so overjoyed to receive this stamp of approval from the USDLA. We are working hard to make sure that our online programs offer great student and faculty experiences,” added Dr. Arletha McSwain, B-CU’s Dean of the online college.
The USDLA’s goals are to “inform and protect the students; provide a framework for improvement; and assist with continued growth.’’
The certification is awarded for five years and is subject to performance and annual review.