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New England College of Business Recognized with Gold Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming from the United States Distance Learning Association

May 6, 2014

National award recognizes school for its interactive online courses

BOSTON – May 6, 2014 – New England College of Business, named the lowest tuition among all private four-year colleges in New England (U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center, 2011-2014) and a leading institution of online education designed for working adults seeking career advancement, has been awarded the 2014 Gold Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming by the US Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The prestigious international award, presented at the 2014 USDLA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, recognizes the instructional design and interactivity of the school's online courses. Previous USDLA award winners have included Rockefeller College at the University at Albany—SUNY, Florida Virtual School, and the NASA Digital Learning Network.

Founded in 1987, the USDLA is a non-profit association and the nation's leading distance learning organization. It reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46 percent of the $913 billion U.S. education and training market.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring New England College of Business as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA and Program Professor at Nova Southeastern University. "New England College of Business has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by its contributions within all distance learning constituencies."

The USDLA Awards acknowledge accomplishments in distance learning and highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies. A panel selected the award winners based on the interactivity of their courses, the design elements of their online offerings, and the technology behind their online offerings.

"We are proud and excited to receive such a prestigious award that illustrates our continued commitment to offering best-in-class online education," said Dr. Jean Marrapodi, New England College of Business's Director of eLearning. "Through our interactive online courses, we offer our students a learning experience that helps them advance their careers."

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a 501(c) 3 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. http://www.usdla.org

About New England College of Business
Founded in 1909, New England College of Business is a leading Boston institution offering quality education and online degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Serving students across the United States, New England College of Business is an online college accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.  For information on New England College of Business, visit www.necb.edu, follow the school on Twitter or connect on Facebook.