National Workshop on Distance Learning.

September 3, 2002

The workshop will be held at Lake George, NY, September 24-27, 2002. More than forty people from nearly 30 institutions including the University of Illinois and the United States Army are expected to attend this fourth annual workshop.

“The support of the Sloan Foundation is further recognition of the SUNY Learning Network’s leadership in distance learning,” said Chancellor King. “SUNY Learning Network’s enrollment has tripled in the last two years because of the excellent courses and the ‘anytime, anywhere’ nature of the offerings.”

In 2001-2002, 40,000 students enrolled in 2,500 courses in 55 degree programs on 53 of SUNY’s 64 campuses through the SUNY Learning Network. In SLN’s first academic year 1995-96, only 119 students were enrolled in eight courses on two campuses.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit institution, was established in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., then president and chief executive officer of the General Motors Corporation. The Sloan Foundation encourages and supports making quality higher education and training available anytime and anywhere for anyone motivated enough to seek it.

“This conference will be a unique opportunity to share best practices in online learning,” said SUNY Provost Peter D. Salins. “The SUNY Learning Network has made tremendous strides in online learning with an approach that is completely integrated into the academic programs of our campuses,” added Salins.

Faculty and student surveys indicate more than 99 percent of faculty reported satisfaction with the SLN and almost 90 percent of students reported high levels of satisfaction with their online courses.

“We feel honored to be selected to host this event for the third time and we are thrilled that other leading institutions in the fields of distance learning and online education will be coming to New York,” said Eric E. Fredericksen, SUNY assistant provost for advanced learning technology and principal investigator for the grant.

For additional information about the SUNY Learning Network see

The State University of New York is the largest university system in the United States with more than 388,000 students enrolled in more than 5,100 fields of study on 64 campuses.


David Henahan

Office of Public Relations

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