The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Quality Standards Certification Team unanimously agreed to recognize continued Quality Certification status for Bethune-Cookman University. In addition, the USDLA Board unanimously voted and approved the continued certification.
Under the leadership of Dean of B-CU Global Online Dr. Arletha McSwain, USDLA is confident the University and the B-CU Global Online College will be successful with continued implementation of the self-study recommendations. The breadth and scope of the Distance Education Policy and Procedures Manual, Online Faculty Certification Program, Orientation for Online Adjunct Faculty and the Open Education Resources initiative were noted.
The University’s commitment to collaboration and excellence was highlighted by the instructional technology professional development for faculty as well as comprehensive training for online students. Additionally, Bethune -Cookman University’s becoming a member of Florida -State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) was commended.
“The Dean and staff of B-CU Global Online are to be congratulated for their passion and commitment to collaborative outreach to the administration, departments, staff and students to ensure quality distance education programs,” said Interim President Hubert Grimes.
The expansion of online programs presents the University with opportunities and challenges, all of which need to be addressed simultaneously to create a quality experience for students, both in and outside the classroom. The best preparation is detailed planning, and the University continues to do well in this area.