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Senior Vice Presidents for Business Development and Global Affiliate Chapters


Marci Powell
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Russ G.Colbert, Jr.
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AUSTRALIA
Carol Daunt Skyring
PO Box 307
Lutwyche, Australia 4030
E-Mail
61 738622929


JAPAN DLA
Dr. Takeshi Tamura
Kobe Institute of Computing
Kanou – CHO 2-2-7, Chou-Ku
Kobe, Japan
E-Mail
81 78 262 7715



UKDLA
Michael Griffith
P.O. Box 446
Pinner
Middlesex,
United Kingdom.
HA5 9AY
E-Mail
E-Mail
www.global-leap.com
44 (0) 20 8866 6036


Dr. Andras Szucs
Secretary General, EDEN
EDEN - European Distance and E-learning Network Secretariat
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
H-1111 Budapest, Egry J. u. 1
Hungary
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2259
Fax: + 36 1 463 1858
E-Mail
http://www.eden-online.org



India
Dr. Jayant Sonwalkar Ph.D.,MBA,MA (SW), MA (History)
Directorate of Distance Education
University of Indore, Indore, India
Ph: 91-731-2363902 / Fax: 91-731-2363901
Web: www.ddedavv.in

Director (Academics)
Institute of Management Studies,
University of Indore, Indore, India
Ph: 91-731-247880 , 2470022
Fax: 0731-2476687
web: www.ims.edu
E-Mail
Personal website:www.jayantsonwalkar.com

USDLA India Office:
C/o Polycom UK( India) Ltd.
GHCL Building
B-38, Sector -1,
NOIDA-201301
0120-3091600
Fax: 0120-3091614



Brazilian Association for Distance Learning (ABED)
www.abed.org.br

Executive Secretary:
Beatriz Roma Marthos:
E-Mail
+55-11-3275-3561

Fred Litto:
personal telephones:
+55-11-3062-6855;
mobile: +55-11-99330-1241.


Benefits
Distance Learning Magazine- Special GAC authorized column in bi-monthly magazine
Annual subscription to Distance Learning Magazine for GAC headquarters location
Publication discount (15%) for USDLA magazine and other published materials for individual GAC membership. (including shipping and handling)
Reduced attendee fees for USDLA conference and events.
Invitation to participate in USDLA Annual Distance Learning Awards Competition.
Posting of member organizations (not individuals) from GAC country of origin.
Networking opportunities for all GAC members with USDLA affiliates including USDLA domestic State Chapters.
Webinar opportunities featuring leaders from both the USDLA and GACS
Opportunities for USDLA participation in GAC events with reciprocity.
GAC Chapter news items for publication in USDLA News Alert
Listing on the GAC webpage along with listings of established Global Affiliate Chapters and link to association’s home webpage.The Chapter Toolkit area contains resources from national and other chapters to help you be successful. Brochures, conference material, development tools, and membership resources are available for sampling. Click in the chapter toolkit bar to access the kit.

USDLA Global Affiliate Chapters are designed to fulfill the needs of the distance learning community as a whole through meetings, conferences and activities. USDLA Global Affiliate Chapters (GAC) represent global affiliates of the United States national association as a global resource for the promotion, development and application of distance learning for educating and training. For more information on your international chapter or to become an affiliate chapter contact Russ Colbert or Marci Powell, USDLA Senior Vice Presidents for Global Affiliate Chapters at E-Mail or E-Mail or call John G. Flores, Ph.D. at USDLA Headquarters at 800.275.5162.

Initial Launch of Global Affiliate Chapters sponsored by Polycom.

Disclaimer: USDLA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. USDLA reserves the right to review each membership and sponsorship application at all levels as listed on the USDLA web site and request more information regarding a specific individual, school, company or organization if necessary. If for any reason your application for membership is declined after being reviewed by USDLA a 50% fee of any money paid will be deducted as a processing fee and the remainder of your membership payment will be refunded.*More detailed information regarding this disclaimer is outlined below.
USDLA Sponsorship
21st Century Benefactor $30,000.00
Platinum Sponsorship $25,000.00
Gold Sponsorship $10,000.00
Silver Sponsorship $5,000.00

Bronze Sponsorship

$2,000.00



Disclaimer: USDLA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. USDLA reserves the right to review and/or revoke membership applications and members acceptances at all levels and at any time as well as request more information regarding a specific individual, school, company or organization if necessary in order to ensure that they are meeting and maintaining the Association's recognized standards for professional practice and excellence.

If for any reason an application for membership is declined after review by USDLA, a 50% fee of any money paid will be deducted as a processing fee and the remainder of the membership payment will be refunded. If it comes to USDLA’s attention that a current member is not adhering to the recognized standards for professional practice and excellence, the membership can be terminated and the remainder of the membership payment will be forfeited. All new applicants for membership and existing members of USDLA are subject to periodic review by the USDLA Central Office, the Advisory Board, and/or the Board of Directors to meet the intent of this policy.

If the applicant wants to appeal the decision it may provide three references (i.e., public official or a company with which you have done business, two recent graduates and a teacher/trainer/faculty member).

Possible criteria for why a K-12 School or Higher Education Institution may be denied USDLA membership include, but are not limited to:

  • It lacks licensure, certification or accreditation by a nationally or internationally reputable educational agency.
  • It misrepresents its educational licensure, certification or accreditation and refers to itself as "fully accredited".
  • It asserts its academic legitimacy on claims of affiliation with respected organizations that are not engaged in school licensure, certification or accreditation.
  • Promotional materials use words denoting a legal status such as "licensed", "state authorized", or "state-approved" to suggest an equivalence to accreditation or advertise other indicators of authenticity that are not relevant to academic credentials.
  • It has no teaching facilities — the address is a postal box or mail forwarding service or suite numbers.
  • It has little or no interaction with professors. Comments and corrections to coursework are given, but do not affect getting the degree. Professors serve only to write compliments to the "student" that can be given as references.
  • The name of institution is deceptively similar to well known reputable universities.
  • Degrees can be obtained within a few days, weeks or months from the time of enrollment, and back-dating is possible.
  • Either there are no faculty members or they hold advanced degrees from a diploma mill or hold degrees unrelated to the subject they teach.
  • Academic credit is offered for "life experience," and this is featured heavily in the selling points of the institution.
  • Tuition and fees are charged on a per-degree basis rather than on a per-term or per-course basis.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to "enroll now" before tuition or fees are increased, or they qualify for a "fellowship", "scholarship" or "grant" or they're offered deals to sign up for multiple degrees at the same time.
  • The institution has no library, personnel, publication or research. There is very little that is tangible.
  • Doctoral theses and dissertations are not available from a national repository or even the institution's own library.
  • Promotional literature contains grammatical and spelling errors, words in Latin, extravagant or pretentious language, and sample diplomas. The school's website looks amateurish or unprofessionally made.
  • The school is advertised using unsolicited electronic mail or other questionable methods.
  • The school is situated in another country or legal jurisdiction, where running diploma mills is legal, standards are lax or prosecution is unlikely. Despite being situated in such a diploma mill-friendly country, the school has no students from that country, and is run entirely by non-native staff.

It is expected that all United States Distance Learning Association non-profit members, for-profit members and sponsors will adhere to USDLA’s and their industry standards for professional practice and excellence.

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