OSU Ecampus awards and appointments

Here is a showcase of Oregon State University faculty and Ecampus staff, students and courses that have won awards, or OSU faculty and Ecampus staff who have been appointed or elected to prestigious positions outside of the university.

Ecampus named Oregon's best online education program

Sept. 12, 2014 – The Ecampus distance education program at Oregon State University was named the best online college in Oregon by TheBestSchools.org, an organization that provides in-depth ranking of degree programs, colleges and universities. The rankings are based on academic excellence, faculty strength, online teaching methods, awards, the number of programs offered and other criteria, organization officials said.

"OSU's dedication to online education has brought us to regard it as the best online college in Oregon," said Wayne Downs, the site's managing editor. This is the latest in series of prestigious rankings for OSU Ecampus, which is widely regarded as one of the nation's best providers of online education.

Marketing and Enrollment Services team wins gold – twice

Sept. 12, 2014 – For the fourth straight year, Oregon State Ecampus received multiple marketing awards from the University Professional and Continuing Education Assocation (UPCEA). Ecampus' Marketing and Enrollment Services department won gold in the Interactive Media category thanks to its Ecampus in 30 Seconds video campaign on YouTube. Ecampus also earned top honors in the Outdoor/Billboard Signage category.

UPCEA is a leading association for online education, serving more than 400 public and private colleges and universities in North America.

Ecampus recognized for its 'outstanding' faculty development program

Aug. 16, 2014 – The Online Learning Consortium (formerly known as the Sloan Consortium) named the Oregon State Ecampus faculty development program as the recipient of the 2014 OLC Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching. This is one of the most prestigious awards given in the field of online learning.

Shannon Riggs is the director of the Ecampus course development and training team, which coordinates the faculty development program. The award recognizes an institution that has developed and delivered an outstanding, comprehensive program for faculty professional development in online teaching.

American Marketing Association tabs Ecampus as a winner

AMA PDX 2014 trophy for EcampusJune 11, 2014 – Oregon State Ecampus earned a notable distinction from the American Marketing Association's Portland division, winning top prize in the Expert Integrated Campaign category at the AMA PDX MAX Awards.

The honor recognized Ecampus for its "Top-ranked in the Nation" campaign. The category takes into account strategy, creative/design, specific tactics and results. These broad, regional marketing efforts were produced by Ecampus' Marketing and Enrollment Services team.

Ecampus director Riggs honored as faculty leadership 'Hero'

May 12, 2014 – Shannon Riggs, the OSU Ecampus director of course development and training, received the Professional Faculty Leadership Association's "Our Hero" award for May 2014. Riggs, who started at Ecampus in May 2011, was recognized for helping faculty across campus discover different and better possibilities in their course design.

Computer science faculty fêted for their innovation

April 16, 2014 – The collective excellence of instructors in OSU's post-baccalaureate online program in computer science are a major reason why the program is attracting a record number of students. That excellence also helped those instructors win the 2014 Innovation in Online Credit-based Teaching Award.

The honor is part of the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence ceremony, which is presented by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement. The award is given to candidate(s) who have pioneered an innovative approach to the design or execution of teaching online. Instructors and program administrators who were honored are Terri Fiez, Justin Wolford, Justin Goins, Joseph Jess, Samina Ehsan, Karti Mayaram, and Padma Akkaraju.

U.S. News & World Report labels OSU a 'Best Online Program'

Jan. 8, 2014 – Oregon State Ecampus is now a badge-eligible "Best Online Program" as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Of the 275 universities and colleges who submitted data for U.S. News' second annual Best Online Education rankings, OSU ranked 46th in the category of Best Online Bachelor's Programs. That places OSU in the top 16.5 percent of all universities who submitted data. Among land grant universities in the report, Oregon State ranks No. 5 nationally.

Website redesign, focus on responsiveness nets bronze medal

Nov. 7, 2013 – Members of the Oregon State Ecampus marketing team took home the Interactive Media Bronze Medal at this year's University Professional and Continuing Education Assocation marketing conference. Ecampus earned the third-place prize for its mobile-responsive website redesign, making the site more user friendly across all browsing platforms and enabling learners and prospective students to gather the information they need more effectively.

OSU named one of nation's 10 best public online colleges

Sept. 25, 2013 – Citing Oregon State's quality academic standards, student learning outcomes, technological advances and the availability of financial aid, editors of the highly utilized website AffordableCollegesOnline.org today ranked OSU 10th on its inaugural list of the nation's Best Public Online Colleges. Delivered online by Ecampus, OSU's online programs enable students to be "part of a diverse global community at an institution that is respected nationally for its work in sustainability and renewable energy."

Hawaii's Hurley, professor Gregory win UPCEA West's top honors

Sept. 2, 2013 – Mary Ellen Hurley, a 2013 OSU graduate, is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Assocation's West Region. Mary Ellen earned a B.S. in Sociology online while living in Kauai, and her inspiring story was featured by OSU President Ed Ray in his commencement speech in June. This is the third straight year an Ecampus student has won the West Region award, following Erika Busch in 2011 and Sarah Price in 2012.

Stan Gregory earned UPCEA's Excellence in Teaching Award based on his never-ending commitment to improving the learning experience for his distance students. Stan is known for his innovation as an online course developer, outstanding mentorship of students and colleagues, and overall expertise as an ecologist. He is the second Ecampus instructor to win the award in the last three years; Dan Edge (also from fisheries and wildlife) won the regional and national awards in 2011-12.

Four years and counting for Ecampus on national top 25 lists

July 16, 2013 – In what has become an annual theme for Oregon State University, its online education programs are considered among the very best in America according to a newly released ranking for the 2013-14 school year. SuperScholar researched and evaluated regionally accredited online schools and determined that OSU Ecampus is the 12th best in the nation when it comes to online education.

The independent website based its findings on program quality, marketability and affordability. This marks the fourth straight school year in which Ecampus was ranked by a national organization.

Ecampus advisor, faculty member snag awards for student service

April 23, 2013 – A good advisor is invaluable to a college student, and OSU Ecampus is fortunate to have plenty on hand. Kerry Thomas fits the bill, and the College of Liberal Arts advisor has been honored for her excellent work by the National Academic Advising Association. Thomas is a 2013 recipient of NACADA's Certificate of Merit in the Primary Advising category.

The role of advisor often extends to faculty, too, and highly popular Ecampus instructor Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., is this year's winner of the NACADA Outstanding Faculty Advising Award. Ahern teaches courses in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and he is also OSU's director of undergraduate research.

Price's resolve helps her net UPCEA's highest student honor

Sarah Stevenson Price Play

Ecampus grad Sarah Price shares her story and how she overcame a predetermined path to poverty.

Feb. 21, 2013 – Nine months after earning her Oregon State degree online and meeting Michelle Obama, the rewards keep rolling in for Sarah Price. The 27-year-old Ecampus graduate has been named the nation’s Outstanding Continuing Education Student by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), which serves more than 350 institutions in North America.

Price's lifelong struggle against poverty was beaten back by her quest for an education. The San Diego resident, military wife and mother of three earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies online last June.

Sidlauskas' inventive methods yield teaching award

Oct. 29, 2012 – Due to his tireless efforts to deliver the best education possible to his Ecampus students, fisheries and wildlife sciences instructor Brian Sidlauskas won the honor for Innovation in Online Credit Teaching at the 2012 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence ceremony. The awards were presented by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement.

Linda Brewer, the coordinator of Ecampus horticulture online degree program, won the Program Support Award thanks in part to her continuous efforts to work with instructors and give students a broader selection of online courses. 

National prizes come in silver and bronze for Ecampus marketing

Oct. 4, 2012 – The Oregon State Ecampus marketing department maintained its place as an industry leader by winning awards in three diverse categories at the UPCEA Marketing and Publications Awards seminar.

The Ecampus team won a silver award in the Most Improved category for the Ecampus overview fliers, which are sent to prospective students who request more information about Ecampus online programs and courses. 

A video on the world-class faculty of Ecampus won a bronze award in the Streaming/On-Demand Content category, and the Strategic Recruitment Marketing Plan bronze award was given for OSU's efforts toward the Natural Resources Leadership Academy.

OSU alumna Price deemed 'Outstanding' for dedication, success

Oct. 3, 2012 – Sarah Price, an Oregon State University graduate from San Diego, won the Outstanding Non-traditional Student award from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association at their Region West conference in Park City, Utah, marking another recent milestone in a life that was previously plagued by adversity.

Price earned a liberal studies degree online with Ecampus in June 2012. Her childhood was beset by homelessness, extreme poverty, food insecurity and teen pregnancy, but she always saw a college education as her ticket to a better future. She is now being considered for UPCEA's national award.

Ecampus again ranked among the nation's 10 best

Aug. 2, 2012 – For the fourth time in two years, Oregon State Ecampus is being touted by an independent organization as one of the nation's 25 best online colleges – and this time it resulted in our highest ranking yet.

SuperScholar places OSU Ecampus at No. 8 on its updated "25 Best Online Colleges" ranking, up from No. 9 in January. The list is designed as a tool to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to earn an online degree. Regionally accredited universities were evaluated based on market credibility and prestige, academic quality, student support, student satisfaction and bachelor's degree selection.

Ecampus was ranked No. 16 by TheBestSchools.org in a similar list in 2012 and No. 18 by TheBestColleges.org in 2011.

O&E associate provost King recognized for career excellence 

June 2012 – Dave King, the associate provost for Outreach and Engagement at OSU, was awarded the 2012 Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Professional Award – the highest award conferred by ACE.

The award recognizes King's contributions to the communication and information technology profession over an extended career and his leadership in a variety of efforts.

King has 36 years experience at land-grant universities and nonprofit organizations. While at Purdue University and under the auspices of the USDA in 1992, he developed the national impact reporting system which was adopted by all land-grant universities in the country. In 2000, King and Mike Boehlje designed the national “eXtension” initiative, providing an online and information technology outlet for Extension programming nationwide.

Templeton the new chair of UPCEA's management and innovation team

Lisa L. Templeton

Lisa L. Templeton, Extended Campus executive director

May 2012 – Lisa L. Templeton, the executive director of OSU Extended Campus, has been selected as the chair of the Program Management & Innovation Network for the University Professional & Continuing Education Association. UPCEA is the nation's leading organization for universities engaged in professional, continuing, and online education.

“Lisa has distinguished herself for several years by actively supporting and building UPCEA programs, and her appointment as chair of this network shows the confidence we have in her,” said CEO Robert Hansen. “She is one of the rising stars of UPCEA.”

National award puts Oregon State on the cutting Edge

February 2012 – Dan Edge, the head of OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Science, was recognized nationally for his exemplary work as an educator in the field of online and continuing education. Edge won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, which serves more than 350 institutions in North America. He was one of only two in the nation to receive the award this year. It is UPCEA's highest national honor.

OSU Ecampus makes national top 10 list

January 2012 – The Ecampus distance education program at Oregon State University was ranked ninth in the nation by SuperScholar for the quality and strength of its program. The ranking was made in a survey of “Best Online Colleges and Universities in 2012,” and builds on similar recognition made last year to the program, when a different national organization also recognized it as one of the top 25 nationally.


For previous Ecampus awards and appointments, visit our awards archives.

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