WHY DO WE NEED ORA U?
increasingly technological society, the nation's educational system must be flexible to
help workers meet new challenges, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said
June 20, 2001, Associated Press
The many benefits expected from ORA U include:
· Standardizing compliance training on a national level,
· Enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of training,
· Increasing training flexibility and convenience, and
· Reducing direct and indirect costs of training.
ORA will continue to present face-to-face training courses, but in order to meet
increasing demands for training with decreasing budgets, new methods of presenting
training must be explored. Distance learning allows government agencies and industries to
cost-effectively disseminate the most current technical and regulatory information on an
as-needed basis. Distance learning is not really a new concept. United States colleges
offered the first distance learning courses in the mid-1800s to people in remote areas. In
the new millennium, there is a far greater need for distance learning.
Traditional classroom training reaches a limited number of regulators due to budget
constraints, workload, and limited seating capacity. The online training portions of ORA U
will complement current training procedures, not replace them. ORA U is merely an umbrella
organization to bring all of ORA's training initiatives together.
Centralized training that is standardized at a federal level and available across the
entire country will result in better-trained regulatory personnel and safer food and drugs
for all Americans.