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2006 National University Telecommunications Network Event to be Hosted by Capella University.

Conference to Focus on Ensuring Quality in Distance Learning

MINNEAPOLIS, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Capella University, an accredited* online university, will host the National University Telecommunications Network 2006 annual event, June 10-12, in Minneapolis. This year's theme focuses on managing and maintaining quality in all aspects of distance learning programs and operations.

The event's focus is particularly relevant because a growing majority of colleges and universities now offer distance learning degree programs, certificate programs or courses, said Kurt Linberg, PhD, dean of the School of Business and Technology at Capella and a member of the National University Telecommunications Network advisory board. The Network's event provides an important forum for sharing strategies and best practices to enhance distance learning, he said. The meeting features presentations on the effectiveness of learning, student and faculty satisfaction, cost effectiveness, partnerships, course design and other key topics.

The National University Telecommunications Network is a network of professionals advancing higher education through technology and distance learning. This year's event, which has quickly reached capacity in previous years, is presented in cooperation with the University Continuing Education Association and the Sloan Consortium.

The event is expect to draw distance learning administrators and practitioners, continuing education and higher education directors, college and university faculty, academic affairs personnel, distance learning faculty and staff, business and higher education partners, and military education and training personnel.

About the National University Telecommunications Network

The National University Telecommunications Network is committed to providing dynamic leadership and support of applications of new and emerging technologies in distance education. As a premier distance learning professional organization, NUTN provides vision and experience to higher education institutions and professionals serving numerous constituencies and organizations. For information and to register for the June event, go to http://www.nutn.org/ .

About Capella University

Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services and psychology, as well as a bachelor of science online degree program with 11 specializations in business and information technology. The online university currently serves more than 14,500 enrolled learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. Capella is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu/ or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/ .

CONTACT: Irene Silber of Capella University, +1-612-977-4132, irene.silber@capella.edu

Web site: http://www.capella.edu/ http://www.nutn.org/
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