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Winter 2022 - Volume 25, Issue 4

From the Editor

Greetings Readers,

Today I just left the first real holiday work party we've had since 2019, and I reflect on how this has been the first normal year in what seems like a long time. It's a relief, but a weary one. Like some sort of dreadful hangover in which we question our capacity to even fully recover. And then earlier in the week I watched a popular movie from 1999, and I was overwhelmingly struck by how truly different the world feels now. 1999 was in the very early days of this journal, and one year before our first annual Distance Learning Administration conference.

We blink and we've changed everything. And everything has changed us. We've brought accessibility of education to so many through distance education. (How many times have I written that sentence?) But at what cost? What would we do differently if we could go back to 1999? Most importantly, what can we learn from these last two or three years - NOT to return to what once was (that seems to be our default) - but to completely reimagine education, financial models, application of credit - and with an uncompromising emphasis on well-being and a healthy society. It's a tall but critical order.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Melanie N. Clay, Ph.D.

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Melanie N. Clay, Ph.D.
OJDLA Editor-in-Chief

December 15, 2022