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FSU’s SOFI Program Wins Open Division Recipient Award at NUTN Network Conference

FSU’s SOFI Program Wins Open Division Recipient Award at NUTN Network Conference
Stacey Utley-Bernhardt accepts the award for FSU's SOFI program.

Frostburg State University’s Student Online Freshman Initiative (SOFI) program won the Open Division Recipient Award at the NUTN Network Conference in September. FSU won the award for developing an innovative program or practice that contributed to the field of distance education, in the context of a new or ongoing program and student support services.

FSU’s SOFI program allows freshmen to take one or more courses in core skills that are required for graduation in the General Education Program in the summer before their first semester. SOFI allows students to get a head start toward graduation and allows students more flexibility in planning their college careers. For example, students could use the flexibility to plan for study abroad, internships, earlier graduation or adding a second major or a minor to their degree.

Stacey Utley-Bernhardt, coordinator of SOFI at FSU, attended the NUTN Network Conference to accept the award and network with other professionals in the field of teaching with technology.

“The conference was very valuable because it helped me to think about how we market our online experience here at Frostburg,” Utley-Bernhardt said. “So many institutions in North America get stuck doing the ‘same old thing’ when it comes to distance education, and it was great for me to go and share SOFI with other people who are as excited about online learning as we at FSU are.”

For more information on SOFI, visit or call the FSU Provost’s Office at 301-687-4211.


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