Online College Boasts Record Number of Graduates Inducted into International Scholastic Honor Society

Aug 16, 2011, 05:17 ET from Ashworth College

More than 1,500 Ashworth College grads have joined Delta Epsilon Tau honorary

NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 16, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ashworth College proudly (, announced today that since receiving its charter more than 1,500 Ashworth graduates have been inducted into Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society for Distance Learning.

In 2008 Ashworth College, a leading accredited online school, was selected by The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) to receive a charter membership in the Delta Epsilon Tau. As DET's first chapter in the state of Georgia, Ashworth was given Alpha Chapter status. DETC is one of Ashworth's accrediting bodies.

"Students graduating from Ashworth demonstrate a significant commitment to education," said Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Vice President of Education for both Ashworth College and James Madison High School. "Coming from all walks of life, many balance families, careers, and education in order to achieve their goals. To accomplish all this and achieve a high GPA deserves special recognition."  

Students earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and graduating from an Ashworth career diploma, college degree or a James Madison High School program are eligible for nomination into the Society.

While membership is optional, since 2008 an average of nearly 85% of all Ashworth graduates are eligible and receive an invitation to join.

Recognizing achievements of distance education scholars

Long considered a practical, convenient and economical alternative study method, distance education has made it possible for many students to gain the competence, confidence and knowledge needed to achieve personal and career goals.  

To recognize the academic achievements of students who study at a distance, in 1997 the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Board of Trustees established the Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society (DET).

"The creation of this International Honor Society publicly demonstrates that distance study is truly a viable educational option," said Michael Lambert, DETC Executive Director, "Additionally, it serves to inspire both students and instructors in the distance study community."

About Delta Epsilon Tau

Delta Epsilon Tau (DET), headquartered in Millville, DE, is sponsored by The Distance Education and Training Council and is the only honor society in America to represent accredited distance learning institutions. Members benefit from listing the distinction of membership in Delta Epsilon Tau on resumes when pursuing employment as well as from professional networking opportunities with other Chapters.

Established in 1997, DET members currently represent 33 colleges and universities in 14 states.

About Ashworth College and James Madison High School

As leading online school, Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence spanning 25 years, offering students worldwide more than 115 online college degrees, online certificate programs and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth offers military education as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.

Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. James Madison High School is further accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancED. For more information, visit

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Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Ph.D.

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