With students spread across 47 states and a dozen countries, the University of Illinois at Springfield faces a significant challenge in promoting student persistence.
Ray Schroeder is Senior Fellow at UPCEA and Professor Emeritus at UIS. He launched the UIS online learning program in 1997 and led the initiative for the next 20 years. Schroeder has numerous national presentations and publications in online and technology-enhanced learning. He has published daily curation blogs and social media postings that are widely read and syndicated around the world. He was a Sloan Consortium Distinguished Scholar in Online Learning 2002-2003, recipient of the 2002 Sloan-C award for the Most Outstanding Achievement in ALN by an Individual, University of Southern Maine Visiting Scholar in Online Learning 2006-2009, and co-founder of the New Century Learning Consortium. Ray was named the inaugural 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium's A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. Schroeder is an inaugural Sloan Consortium Fellow. He is recipient of the 2011 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award and was honored with the University of Wisconsin 2016 Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.