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Boulder, Colorado — College Choices for Adults (, an information-rich online resource that helps adult learners make informed choices about distance education options, has added a new data item, learner progress. “As institutions who serve adult students, we recognized that the IPEDS measures of graduation and retention rates were not wholly representative of our student populations,” said Ed Klonoski, chair of the Executive Committee for Transparency by Design and President, Charter Oak State College. “The Learner Progress metrics open up the students counted to include part-time and transfer-in students, thus giving a more inclusive view of how our students progress and complete.”

Boulder, Colorado — The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) has been awarded a grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative working to improve U.S. college readiness and completion, especially among low-income individuals, by identifying and accelerating the growth of effective education technology. The 15-month project, funded at just under $750,000 and including a consortium of institutions in the Western U.S. and Canada, aims to add a powerful new component to online science courses: students will have access to a remotely located science lab and the ability to control remote instrumentation, allowing them to perform experiments, practice scientific observation, and conduct data analysis, as students in classroom-based courses do.

Boulder, Colorado — As part of a new nationwide effort, Lumina Foundation for Education has awarded the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) a four-year grant to develop a learning network to support Lumina’s Adult Degree Completion strategy. The network will be made up of regional organizations, state agencies, city programs, nonprofit organizations and others working to help those adults who have earned a significant number of college credits but left postsecondary education before finishing return to complete their degrees.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 21, 2010 -- The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) the world’s premier distance learning association will induct Dr. Ellen Wagner, Executive Director, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET) and Partner / Principal Analyst for Sage Road Solutions along with Dr. Farhad (Fred) Saba, CEO, and Professor of Educational Technology, San Diego State University into the 2010 USDLA Hall of Fame during its 2010 International Distance Learning Awards program in conjunction with the USDLA 2010 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, 2010.

Boulder, Colorado — The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded $1 million to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to test a college mental health intervention over the next two years. The grant will fund a groundbreaking study to test whether a community mental health intervention program reduces some of the barriers that keep college students from seeking mental health services.