UPCEA Releases Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership

Contact: Molly Nelson
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UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Released

WASHINGTON, Mar. 31 - UPCEA is pleased to announce the release of the association's Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership. Online education is critical for the future of America's universities, and the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership outline the concerted institutional strategy and structure necessary for successful online programs. 

Developed with a goal of identifying the range of what will constitute successful online leadership, the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership include standards, aspirations and principles essential into the foreseeable (and not so foreseeable) future of online education. The UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership identify seven facets of leadership and organizational development: internal advocacy, entrepreneurial initiative, faculty support, student support, digital technology, external advocacy, and professionalism. 

The UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership are the result of the work of UPCEA's National Task Force on Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership, established in 2014. The Task Force, chaired by Jay A. Halfond of Boston University and Senior Fellow of the UPCEA Center for Online Leadership and Strategy, has established those markers that will ultimately characterize entities on America's campuses dedicated to online learning. 

"Strong and successful online learning programs are essential to the future of American higher education," said Bob Hansen, CEO of UPCEA. "There is much at stake, from access for working adults who now constitute the vast majority of today's students, to fiscal sustainability for all but the most elite institutions, and to innovation in teaching and learning." 

Early endorsements of the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership include the American Council on Education (ACE)the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and Quality Matters

"The Hallmarks fully incorporate the range of goals necessary to be a first-rate provider of online education," said Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA. "The thorough articulation of key performance indicators give institutions a clear sense of how to bring these goals to action." 

The UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership are available online at upcea.edu/hallmarks.

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About UPCEA
UPCEA is the association for professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. With innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications, we support our members' service of contemporary learners and commitment to quality online education and student success. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA builds greater awareness of the vital link between adult learners and public policy issues. Visit www.upcea.edu.