Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University

In this session, panel members will discuss the continually evolving nature of distance education. Panelists will highlight the benefits and challenges of implementation, ongoing support, and assessment of such programs. Emphasis will be placed on accreditation requirements for distance and correspondence education. Gain valuable insights from your colleagues, and be prepared to share your experiences as well!


Katherine Austin

Katherine Austin, Ph.D

Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Division
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Graduate Adjunct Faculty, Public Administration Program
Texas Tech University


Scott R. Franklin

Scott R. Franklin, Ph.D.

Director of the Virtual Campus
Wayland Baptist University

Melinda Jones

Melinda Mitchell Jones, MSN, JD, RN

Associate Professor
Department Chair for Non-Traditional Undergraduate Studies
School of Nursing
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Bill Kopf

Bill Kopf, M.A.

Director of Distance Learning
Lubbock Christian University

Justin R. Louder

Justin R. Louder, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice Provost, eLearning
Administrator, TTU Ethics Center/QEP

Texas Tech University