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For Immediate Release 16 April 2001

South Dakota's Electronic University Consortia Receives Praise on Design
Chief Operating Officer Janet Lewis to Head Consortia Knowledge Network

PIERRE- According to Aaron Donsky, Senior Editor with LERN (Learning Resources Network) Magazine, the Electronic University Consortium (EUC) of South Dakota is a great idea and fine website. The EUC was the focus of an article published in LERN this March.

The EUC was launched in Fall 2000. It is a web-based single point of contact for electronic information and access to distance education that makes effective use of the unique strengths of South Dakota's six public universities.

Donsky praised the idea behind the EUC, the sharing of resources of the universities in order to present more choices to students. He was also pleased with the design of the EUC website, noting that it was easy to read and navigate. Donsky cited the consortium's URL,, as attention drawing.

"Solid planning and design make the EUC a success. The EUC delivers the desired classes and programs to the place or time-bound student in one easy and convenient format. This format increases the access to education for all South Dakotans," said Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry.

Janet Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of the Electronic University Consortium of South Dakota, will be sharing the knowledge that has made South Dakota's EUC successful as head of a new knowledge network for the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). The UCEA Knowledge Network for Distance Learning Consortia will help address issues and challenges faced by members. Also serving as head of the knowledge network is Barbara Emil of the University of South Florida.

"Breaking new ground is not easy," said Lewis. "The EUC of South Dakota was born without many predecessors to use as models. Procedures were developed with the collaboration of people at the six public universities. Their work has paved the way for distance learning consortiums in other states. These states look to us for answers on how they can be successful."



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