Texas Tech University

Assistant Vice Provost Wins State Distance Learning Award

K'Leigh Sims

March 21, 2016

Justin Louder will be honored by the Texas Distance Learning Association March 28-31 in San Antonio.

Justin Louder

Justin Louder, assistant vice provost for Texas Tech University, will be honored March 28-31 in San Antonio by the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) for his efforts in pushing distance learning to unimaginable limits, according to the association.

Louder is one of four recipients to be awarded the Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Education by an Individual and is the only recipient for a four-year higher education institution.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the Texas Distance Learning Association for the work I've been doing with Texas Tech's Worldwide eLearning program," said Louder. "Texas Tech is committed to excellence in all of our online and distance education courses and programs, so this award is for the entire Worldwide eLearning staff here at the university."

TxDLA is the leading Texas membership association for distance learning professionals and works to represent education institutions at all levels as well as corporate training professionals and distance learning equipment and content providers. Established in 1996, the not-for-profit professional association is affiliated with the U.S. Distance Learning Association.

With the motto of "you don't have to live in Lubbock to pursue your education through Texas Tech," Worldwide eLearning offers more than 50 degree, certification and certification preparation programs that are fully available online. There also are six regional teaching sites across the state, including El Paso, Highland Lakes, Waco, Junction, Fredericksburg and Collin County. The degrees earned online and at regional sites are the same degrees earned on Texas Tech's main campus in Lubbock.

Worldwide eLearning also has been ranked four consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report for best online programs for its graduate computer information technology, online graduate engineering and online graduate education programs. Each year the ranking has steadily increased, including moving up 29 spots from 2015 to 2016. This year was the first time Texas Tech was ranked as offering one of the best online bachelor's programs (No. 100).

For more information about Worldwide eLearning and a list of online programs visit its website.