UPCEA News April 2012

Annual Conference Wraps Up With Passage of New Strategic Plan and Bylaws

The UPCEA 97th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in late March was the culmination of 15 months of planning, transition and revitalization for the association. Attendance was up 10 percent from last year, reaching nearly 600 participants, and UPCEA members unanimously approved a new strategic plan and associated bylaws.

Changes in the bylaws include strengthening the Board of Directors with more at–large positions and two–year terms that foster greater continuity and institutional memory. A new Leadership Committee will review nominations for four at–large positions and the Secretary/Treasurer.

In other changes, full memberships were created for international universities and a special membership category was added for companies that serve the UPCEA community.

The strategic plan focused on strengthening membership value by transforming professional development, research and information, advocacy efforts, infrastructure and business practices, and the organizational structure.

The most visible change for members was the creation of “Networks” that represent six practice areas of expertise within the profession. Networks include:

- International
- Leadership & Strategy
- Marketing Enrollment & Student Services
- Online Management & Design
- Outreach, Engagement & Economic Development
- Program Development & Innovation

This new streamlined model replaces the old UPCEA commissions, communities of practice, and knowledge networks. Details about Networks can be found on page 11 in the Winter 2012 issue of the InFocus newsletter and the Network Transition Committee Report.

Network Transition Leadership Teams, now in place for each Network, will meet in Washington, D.C., June 20-21, to build on the work of the Network Transition Committee.