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From USDLA Executive Director
John G. Flores, Ph.D.
For USDLA, FY01 represented a year of continued growth, change
and risk. The Association continued to develop and prosper
through new partnerships, affiliations and corporate
sponsorships. Moreover individual memberships coupled with an
increase of active state chapter associations also contributed to
this positive direction. On the national level we became more
assertive and effective in state and national policy deliberations
impacting the distance learning industry. Our Executive
Committee and Board of Directors under the leadership of President
Marshall Allen demonstrated resolve, commitment and common sense on
the many issues facing the Association.
Overall the primary goal of the Association has been the quality
provision of membership services. Publications, conferences,
product discounts and most importantly the networking of people
have been foremost. We continue to search for new
opportunities, revenue streams and the creation of membership
benefits. Through Strong leadership and a focused direction
our reinvention of USDLA continues. Your monetary and human
support is what fuels this rebirth. Fiscal Year 01 has been a
time of change and expectation in the distance learning
industry. It seems everything in the distance learning
vocabulary has became e-something. Nonetheless USDLA
continues to represent all its constituencies of Pre K-12, higher
education, homeschool education, continued education, corporate
training, military and government and healthcare and
Our mission remained focused in the support for development and
application of distance learning using various technologies,
delivery methods and application. Our goals remained
- Providing national leadership in the field of distance
- Providing current information on distance learning
- Representing the distance learning community before government
policy and regulatory bodies.
- Serving and supporting the state, consortium and Individual
organizations that belong to USDLA.
- Providing annual recognition of outstanding achievements in
- Serving as a catalyst for the formation of Partnerships among
education, business, healthcare and government.
- Achieving a global leadership role through liaisons with
- Promoting equality and access to life long learning through
- Promoting diversity among our organization and its
Advocating and promoting the use of distance learning.
Our major events continued to be the Telecon West Show and the
e-learning show in partnership with Advanstar. FY01 also
brought a successful policy Forum to USDLA members and our
publications continue to improve in overall content and
quality. Moreover State Chapters continued to grow and
regional conferences held by various states were quite
successful. Our distance learning awards program recognized
the best of FY01 and the quality of submissions were excellent.
As an association we continued to evolve raising
expectations and levels of deliverables. FY01 has been
another year of accomplishment. Our hope is to continue that