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Swisher And Thomas Receive National Distance Education Award

Mickie Swisher, (352) 392-2201, ext 303
Ron Thomas, (352) 392-3893

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. — At its recent meeting in Safety Harbor, the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) presented awards to faculty and staff in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Mickie Swisher, associate professor in the family, youth and community sciences department, and Ron Thomas, coordinator of distance education for IFAS Communication Services, received an ADEC Outstanding Educational Program Award for the development and delivery of Food and the Environment, an online distance education course.

The course, which also has received national awards from Agricultural Communicators in Education, is offered every spring by UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

ADEC, whose membership includes UF and 61 other universities and other organizations, offers degree programs, academic courses, advanced placement courses for high schools, informal education courses and certificates using a variety of technologies. Member institutions offer their programs through the consortium, and several ADEC offerings are designed and taught by more than one university.

The ADEC catalog and detailed information about ADEC programs can be found online at