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October 8, 2010

SUNY Empire State College Vice Provost Named Sloan-C Fellow

Dr. Meg Benke Member of Inaugural Class Recognized for Advocacy of Online Learning

Dr. Meg Benke

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Oct. 8, 2010) – Online learning, once revolutionary and cutting edge, is now moving to the mainstream and State University of New York Empire State College’s Interim Vice Provost for Global and Online Learning Meg Benke has been recognized for her extraordinary qualifications, significant experience, distinguished service and leadership in the field.

Benke has been honored by the board of directors of the Sloan Consortium, an organization dedicated to integrating online education into mainstream higher education, which has just announced its inaugural class of Sloan-C Fellows.

“Dr. Benke is being recognized for innovative and inspirational work in online student services and for her sustained advocacy, leadership and dedication on a national scale and I congratulate her for this well-deserved honor,” said Alan R. Davis, president of SUNY Empire State College.

“The breathtaking growth of online learning at SUNY Empire State College has opened doors for countless individuals who otherwise might have been denied educational opportunity,” said Benke. “Recognition by the Sloan Consortium is an honor and I am truly grateful for being named to the inaugural class of fellows.”

“The innovations in online teaching and learning that today are providing greatly increased access to higher education are in no small way attributable to the creative spirit of the individuals in the inaugural class of Sloan-C Fellows,” said Burks Oakley II

chair, Sloan-C Awards and Recognition Committee. “The Sloan Consortium is proud to honor these outstanding individuals whose pioneering work has played such an important role in moving online education into the mainstream at colleges and universities across our nation.”

According to the Sloan Consortium, “… the Sloan-C board of directors confers the distinction upon individual members of the Sloan Consortium who have:

  • outstanding and extraordinary qualifications in the field of online learning;
  • significant experience in online learning or an allied field;
  • a record of distinguished service to Sloan-C or the field; and
  • extraordinary contributions or leadership in the field of online learning.”

About Meg Benke

Meg Benke, Ph.D., of Saratoga Springs, is interim vice provost for global and online learning. Previously she was dean of the Center for Distance Learning. An educator and administrator specializing in distance learning for 25 years, she has been at the college for the past 17 years overseeing the Center for Distance Learning, which is the largest provider of online education in New York state, and one of the largest programs in the country.

About Sloan-C

The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale and breadth of education. For more information, visit www.sloanconsortium.org.

To read the Sloan-C announcement click here.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.

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