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Dean of B-CU Global Online Education Elected to United States Distance Learning Association Board of Directors


Dr. Arlethia McSwain pictured with USDLA Executive Director Dr. John Flores

At the 2018 United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) International Conference held April 28, 2018, Arletha McSwain, Ph.D., dean of B-CU Global Online College, was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors. As a member, Dr. McSwain will serve on the Association's membership and credentialing committees.

“I am honored to serve in this capacity and anticipate increasing membership and the number of institutions earning USDLA certification,” said McSwain. “Moreover, I plan to assist in the increase of conference presentations that focus on the unique needs of HBCU's in the world of online education for the April 2019 USDLA International Conference.”

The board is a diverse group of approximately 25 members comprised of both distance learning practitioners and vendors, along with individuals with an academic interest in distance learning education, who report to the USDLA advisory board, a group which oversees all matters related to distance learning. Advisory board members represent the major constituencies served by USDLA encompassing grades pre-K through 12, higher education, home schooling, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training and telemedicine. 

The membership standing committee serves as the focal point for increasing membership in the Association, especially at the national level, while the credentialing standing committee oversees the development and administration of the USDLA's quality standards and its associated certification process.  

This marks the first time an HBCU has been represented and an African American female has been selected in the board’s 30-year history.

For more information, contact Arletha McSwain, Ph.D., dean of the B-CU Global Online College at 386-481-2094 or

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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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