Penn State World Campus innovator receives Sloan-C Fellowship

Gary Miller’s leadership in the field of continuing and distance learning has provided adult learners worldwide with access to some of Penn State's most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and continuing professional education degrees, certificates and courses. For his contributions, Miller, executive director emeritus of the Penn State World Campus, was recognized as an inaugural Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) Fellow at the 16th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.

The fellowship acknowledges Miller's "40-year career devoted to using online learning and electronic media to increase access to education at all levels nationally and internationally," according to Sloan-C's announcement.

The Sloan Consortium is a professional leadership organization that works to integrate online education into the mainstream of higher education. Sloan-C helps learning organizations improve the quality, scale and breadth of their online programs.

The Sloan-C Fellows Program was developed by the Board of Directors of the Sloan Consortium in 2009, and the first class of Fellows was selected this year. A Sloan-C Fellow is a professional distinction based upon a member’s demonstrated outstanding and extraordinary qualifications, contributions or leadership in the field of online learning, significant experience in online learning and a record of distinguished service to Sloan-C or the field.

Miller, who served as associate vice president for Penn State Outreach and executive director of Continuing and Distance Education until his retirement in 2007, was instrumental in the development and expansion of the World Campus and served as its founding executive director. The World Campus opened in 1998 with 41 students and today enrolls more than 8,500 students worldwide. World Campus offers more than 70 online degree and certificate programs.

Among his many accomplishments, Miller was responsible for the successful effort to host the International Council for Distance Education 8th World Conference at Penn State in 1997. Miller also was the driving force behind establishing the Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning, a collaboration between Penn State World Campus and the Sloan Consortium.

Miller's innovative efforts in higher education have earned him many awards, including the Wedemeyer Award from The American Journal of Distance Education and the "Barrier Buster" award from the American Distance Education Consortium. Miller was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2008, he received the National University Telecommunications Network's (NUTN) Distinguished Service Award, which recognized his numerous contributions to the field of distance education.

Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

 

Contacts: 

Marlee Kattler

Last Updated November 18, 2010