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The United States Distance Learning Association was the first nonprofit Distance Learning association in the United States to support Distance Learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.

In 1987, the USDLA was founded on the premise of creating a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities via new concepts of the fusion of communication technologies with learning in broad multidiscipline applications.

An elected president, an Executive Committee, and a governing board now govern USDLA with Dr. John G. Flores as the Executive Director of the Association.

The learning communities that USDLA addresses are: pre K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling and telemedicine. In addition USDLA is also focused on national and international technology based Distance Learning


USDLA through its mission of …supporting the development and application of distance learning… focuses on all legislation impacting the Distance learning community and its varied constituencies.

United States Distance Learning Association : Goals
Leadership - To provide national leadership in the field of distance learning
Advocate- To advocate and promote the use of distance learning
Information - To provide current information on distance learning
Policy - To provide current information on distance learning
Association of Associations- To serve and support the state, consortium and individual organizations that belong to USDLA
Recognition - To provide annual recognition and awards of outstanding achievements in distance learning
Partnerships - To serve as a catalyst for the formation of partnerships among education, business, healthcare, and government
International - To achieve a global leadership role through liaisons with international organizations
Access and Equity- To promote equity and access to lifelong learning through distance learning
Diversity - To promote diversity in our organization and its programs






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