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11/29/93

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Stanford Instructional Television Network honored

STANFORD -- The Stanford Instructional Television Network (SITN) has been recognized as the "Most Outstanding Distance Education Network in the U.S. for 1993" by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

The USDLA, the professional association representing the research and application of electronically mediated instruction to deliver education and training to schools, universities and industry, presented the award to Andy DiPaolo, SITN director on Nov. 9 at TeleCon, the annual conference on videoconferencing, business television and distance learning.

The award presentation recognized SITN's excellence in developing university-industry distance education partnerships, delivering exceptional academic programs to the workplace, applying advanced delivery technologies, and creating a strong customer service system to support the career-long education of engineers, scientists and managers.

The presentation also included remarks submitted by representatives from technology-based companies that commented on SITN's success in working with Stanford faculty and industry to address the issues of competitiveness, job productivity and career development. Testimonials were given by A.D. Welliver, senior vice president for Boeing Engineering and Technology; Pat Chance, manager of Distance Learning Programs at Lawrence Livermore Labs; and Ed Alef, dean of General Motors' Technical Education Program.

"Stanford graduate courses transmitted on SITN allow technical professionals a means to stay at the cutting edge of their discipline and to help their companies maintain competitiveness," DiPaolo said.

SITN, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as the largest single university provider of live graduate courses in the world, uses microwave, satellite, videotape and two-way video to deliver degree programs, non-credit courses, certificate programs, seminars and customized offerings to industry and government sites in the United States and abroad. SITN also offers the Stanford University community video production and television broadcast services.

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