Embry-Riddle Worldwide Online Honored With Distinguished College Course Award by UCEA

Daytona Beach, Fla., March 27, 2008 – The University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) awarded its Distinguished College Course Award today to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Online division at the 2008 Community of Practice Awards during the annual conference in New Orleans. Embry-Riddle is recognized as the world leader in aviation and aerospace higher education.

The Distance Learning Course Awards recognize new and innovative courses that use one or more forms of instruction at a distance. All association members are eligible to enter the competition for these awards. UCEA is the principal U.S. organization for continuing higher education and assists institutions of higher learning and affiliated nonprofit organizations to increase access through a wide array of educational programs and services.

"Being recognized as having created and delivered the most distinguished college-level course in the country is a testament to the professional and scholarly team built by Worldwide," noted Dr. Martha Hollis, dean of Worldwide Online for Embry- Riddle. "The undergraduate meteorology course content was first developed by Dr. Tom Sieland and delivered exclusively over the Internet by a global group of six faculty members."

"Worldwide Online's innovative team of andragogical, instructional, and digital media specialists produced an online course leading the way to the next generation of university education," said Hollis. "Embry-Riddle's faculty and student support teams ensured seamless operations for our students enrolled in this learning experience."

"The technologically advanced course delivery capability of Worldwide Online coupled with creative scholarship results in the academic quality Embry-Riddle is known for in the world of aviation and aerospace," said John Watret, vice-chancellor of academic affairs for Embry-Riddle Worldwide.

"This award is a visible representation of our earnest intent to continue blazing new trails in delivering quality higher education targeted specifically to an advanced technical audience," said Marty Smith, chancellor of Embry-Riddle Worldwide. "We will continue to join with UCEA in taking an active role in advancing the development and delivery of quality continuing education."

The Worldwide Online campus of Embry-Riddle is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., and provides services to over 3,000 students across the country and around the world. The campus offers more than 180 courses online with 11 undergraduate terms and six graduate terms per year. Embry-Riddle programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Worldwide Online offers an affordable, flexible education tailored to the achievement of certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For more information on available programs and tuition cost, contact the Worldwide Online campus staff at (800) 359-3728 or email worldwide.online.recruitment@erau.edu. Visit the Worldwide Online Web site at www.embryriddle.edu/ec/dleo.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide began in 1970 and has become one of the largest off- campus, regionally accredited colleges in the United States, with over 45,000 alumni. The Worldwide organization educates more than 27,000 students through classroom, online, or hybrid undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. The university educates more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., Worldwide at more than 130 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning.