Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 31, 2006

Drexel University Online received the 2006 21st Century Best Practice Award for Distance Learning from the United States Distance Learning Association, an award that encompasses the leadership of trend-setting and innovative corporations and non-profit agencies in online education. This is the highest award bestowed upon an organization in this industry.

The 21st Century Best Practices Award for Distance Learning recognizes an organization which demonstrates extraordinary achievement through distance learning. Recipients of the award have distinguished themselves in areas that include research and writing as well as leadership activities in regional, national, or international forums. They have been active in melding education and training technologies to enhance the learning experience of those at a distance. These recipients are singled out for their positive impact on the distance learning industry.

Past recipients of various USDLA awards include Harvard University, University of Southern California, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, and Stanford University.

“Drexel University Online has received this award because it is an innovator and leader, not only for distance learning, but for education and training in general, stated Dr. Kenneth Hartman, academic director of Drexel University Online. “This award speaks of innovation and it speaks of excellence – two factors that have established Drexel as a leader in the online education realm and that will keep this academic institution at the top of the industry in the years to come.”

For more information about Drexel’s online bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs, visit, call toll-free (877) 215-0009, or e-mail

About Drexel e-Learning:

Drexel University Online is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Drexel University, specializing in innovative, Internet-based distance education programs for working professionals and corporations in the United States and abroad. A pioneer in online education, Drexel University has offered programs online since 1996.

About USDLA’s 21st Century Best Practice for Distance Learning Award:

Entries for this award are judged on whether the developing programs and services that have advanced the knowledge base and have a national and/or international reputation for excellence, whether the program is comprehensive to a regional, state-wide or multi-state audience, whether the program offers innovative approaches to the delivery of distance learning programs and has demonstrated a capacity to rapidly adjust to the evolving nature of the field, the evaluation process to monitor the effectiveness of its distance learning programs, including the use of strong statistical data, and whether their instructional services are offered by any other organization.