Jerónimo Domínguez, vice provost of Extended University at the University of New Mexico, has been selected to receive the Distance Learning in Higher Education Award, presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) at the AAHHE 7th annual conference in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Domínguez was selected by a panel of experts in higher education. The selection criteria focused on the recipient's sustained contributions and efforts to showcase the significant accomplishments this award represents. This award is given to an individual who has championed distance learning in higher education via online instruction, research or the development of distance learning processes that impact Latino students in higher education.

"Dr. Domínguez's work and dedication to providing access to students via distance learning, adds value and accelerates our students' ability to complete their degree. He is a pioneer in the distance learning model of instructional delivery," said Loui Olivas, president, AAHHE.

To celebrate and recognize the work of Hispanics in higher education and other national leaders, the AAHHE awards program was created to honor individuals at a special awards luncheon on Saturday, March 10 at the national AAHHE conference. Awards are provided in the areas of Leadership in Higher Education, Research/Teaching in Higher Education, Service/Teaching in Higher Education, Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education, Fine or Performing Arts, Distance Learning and Literary Arts or Publications.

"In New Mexico, a largely rural, minority/majority state, where Hispanics comprise 46 percent of the state's population and, at the University of New Mexico where Hispanic undergraduates comprise 42 percent of the student body, I am honored to be recognized by AAHHE as the recipient of the 2012 Distance Learning in Higher Education award. The ability to access UNM programs and courses via technology is critical to New Mexico's population. Distance education is making a difference for many New Mexican distance learners," Domínguez said.

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) is a national, educational, 501(c)3, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of higher education. AAHHE is primarily focused on the need to develop Latino/a faculty and senior administrators as well as serving as a leading research and advocacy group for Hispanic higher education issues. AAHHE upholds two critical beliefs: that higher education should address the needs of Hispanics, and that institutions of higher education can be more effective in meeting the needs of a changing U.S. demography.

AAHHE works collaboratively with all sectors of education, business and industry as well as community and professional organizations to enhance the educational aspirations and to meet the professional growth needs of a significantly increasing Hispanic population.

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