Metropolitan College Recognized by United States Distance Learning Association for Excellence in Distance Learning

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(Boston) – Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) was recently awarded a 2010 International Distance Learning Award by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). These prestigious international awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs.

MET’s Master of Science in Health Communication Program was recognized with a Silver Medal for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. Developed in collaboration with Boston University’s College of Communication (COM), the Master of Science in Health Communication is the first degree of its type to be offered online, providing academic and professional preparation for students who wish to work within this important and emerging field.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” acknowledged Jay Halfond, Dean of Boston University’s Metropolitan College & Extended Education, which administers the University’s distance learning programs. “Our faculty and staff commit a substantial amount of time and talent in creating high-quality online courses. We have the reputation of a great university to protect and extend, and believe that programs like this reflect well on BU and provide degrees every bit as credible and valuable as those on campus.”

“To be acknowledged for excellence in this important area of the communications industry is a wonderful achievement,” said Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication. “COM is pleased to work with Metropolitan College to make this online program available and accessible to many.”

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Metropolitan College as a leader in the industry,” said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. “Boston University has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by MET’s contributions to the distance learning industry.”

USDLA reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.

About Metropolitan College and Boston University
As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs. For more information about Metropolitan College visit

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. Boston University contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.