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UCCP's CyberTutor Program honored for outstanding use of technology

By Jennifer McNulty

The University of California College Prep program's innovative "cybertutoring" project has been recognized as an outstanding use of technology in higher education.

WCET, formerly the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, selected CyberTutor from among dozens of nominations for its second annual WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award. Recipients will receive their awards at WCET's annual conference in San Francisco on November 2-5.

Through CyberTutor, which employs UC undergraduates as tutors, hundreds of high school students have received immediate online academic assistance in their homework assignments, exam preparation, and college application process.

WCET advances the effective use of technology in higher education. Each year, the organization recognizes five institutions and higher education systems for their innovative and effective uses of technologies in educating and serving students. 

"WCET members are always on the cutting edge in using educational technologies for instruction both on and off campus," said Sally Johnstone, executive director of the cooperative. "This award recognizes several significant advances and creative uses of technology to assure educational quality and better serve students."

In addition to UCCP's CyberTutor Program, this year's recipients are:

MarylandOnline's Quality Matters program, a faculty-driven course-review process that assures the continuous improvement of online courses; the University of Arizona's Online Nursing Ph.D. Program, the first fully online nursing doctoral program to be offered by a research-intensive university; the University of Phoenix's rEsource program, a unique set of digital tools that serve students regardless of location; and the University of Texas System's TeleCampus program, a free online test readiness tool for students preparing to take the 11th-grade exit exam.

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