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Bay Path University Earns 2016 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award

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Bay Path University was selected from more than 100 digital courseware initiatives in the Online Learning Consortium’s first-ever #DLIAward competition.

Bay Path University announced today it has earned the 2016 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award – Institutional category (DLIAward), for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware.  Bay Path University was one of three institutions and five faculty-led teams selected from among 106 submissions in this first year of the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) DLIAward competition.

In 2013, Bay Path University launched The American Women’s College, the first, fully-online degree program in the country designed just for women, and deployed a revolutionary model called Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL) to deliver accelerated baccalaureate degrees targeted to adult women.  The goal of this innovative strategy is to increase degree completion in a shorter amount of time, particularly among low income and underrepresented populations, through improved student learning, flexibility and affordability.  SOUL uses a data-driven approach, developed in partnership with Realizeit™, intended to make a student’s college experience more personal and supportive.

“I am extremely honored that Bay Path has earned this national recognition,” states Amanda Gould, Chief Administrative Officer for The American Women’s College and Project Director. “With its adaptive and responsive design, SOUL represents the next generation of learning models for students.  We strive to use technology and data to make all of our interactions with students both in and outside the classroom more intentional.”

“The mission of the OLC DLIAwards is to discover student-centered active learning solutions that advance the world of digital learning for all students,” said Kathleen Ives, D.M., CEO and Executive Director of the Online Learning Consortium. “The awarded projects in this first year of competition truly support this mission and serve as valuable models that other institutions can emulate as they embark on their own digital courseware initiatives.”

The 2016 DLIAwards were presented to honorees on Nov. 17, by former US Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D. during the OLC Accelerate conference, in Orlando.

Awards were determined by two rounds of review, first by a review team of institutional-level and higher education organization-level reviewers, who narrowed the field of submissions for final review by a national panel of judges. Details about each of the 2016 OLC DLIAward honorees can be found online at

About the Digital Learning Innovation Awards

The Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award competition recognizes exemplary faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. The award program is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Program.  More information about the DLIAwards is available at