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B-CU Online College Receives USDLA Hall of Fame Award



Dr. Arletha McSwain, Dean of the B-CU Online College is selected to receive the 2017 United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame Award. This award is presented to industry experts who have made great contributions in leadership, technology, research, and teaching. Dr. McSwain’s strong willingness to lead and her eagerness for success have not gone unnoticed. As a devout professional, Dr. McSwain is one of few in the nation to successfully execute and obtain the USDLA Quality Standards Certification for the online college.

"It was an honor to nominate Dr. Arletha McSwain for the USDLA 2017 Hall of Fame Award," says Dr. Ernest (Reggie) Smith, former President and Chairman of the USDLA Board of Directors. Smith also nominated Dr. McSwain for the reputable acknowledgement. "She has committed her expertise and influence to the success of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs),” he added.

The B-CU Online College was ranked the third top choice out of 65 accredited Methodist colleges or universities in the nation and was recently USDLA recertified in 2016. The online college is the first program in the State of Florida and the second HBCU in the nation to be certified. Currently, the online college offers eleven (11) degree programs, including three masters and eight bachelors. “B-CU has work closely with the USDLA to maintain the quality of the online programs to ensure that excellence is carried throughout our second certification term,” Dr. McSwain said. “I am more than thrilled and proud to receive this distinguished honor to bring back to B-CU,” she added. 

For more information on B-CU Online College, contact Dr. Arletha McSwain, Dean of Online College & Professional Studies, 386-481-2094 or

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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