UPCEA Owner's Manual

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  1. Getting started

    Log in to your account at www.upcea.edu and take a look around. You can customize your profile and password, register for conferences at discounted member rates and join one of our seven professional networks via CORe, UPCEA’s member community and online networking space where you can ask, answer or search for questions on relevant topics.

  2. Building your peer-to-peer network

    You can get advice, answers and ideas from your colleagues online via CORe, UPCEA’s professional networking platform. Your membership gives you full access to:
    - Active conversations, and the chance to ask your questions in real time
    - Robust search of conversation archive
    - A diverse resource library
    - UPCEA’s entire member directory
    - Exclusive member content — including benchmarking studies, conference session slides, and webinar recordings

  3. Moving parts

    UPCEA’s five regions provide opportunities for members to examine issues of local and regional importance, develop collaborative initiatives, network with area colleagues, and take advantage of cost-effective professional development at regional conferences each fall. Check them out!

    Conferences and Seminars
    Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy
    There is no more critical strategic opportunity for higher education than online learning. Designed for vice presidents, deans, and directors responsible for building and growing quality online programs, the Summit addresses the topics that are reshaping the 21st century university. The Summit features sessions on strategic growth, virtual leadership, online marketing, competency-based education, predictive analytics and more.

    Online Leadership Roundtable
    This prestigious forum is a think tank for senior administrators who are reinventing higher education by tackling the big issues in online learning. The annual meeting of the Roundtable is the premier gathering of “chief online learning officers” in the field today.

    Next Summit and Roundtable:
    June 14-16, 2017
    Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA

    Annual Conference
    UPCEA’s Annual Conference is the most significant assembly of thought leaders and practitioners today in the field of professional, continuing, and online education. In 2015, UPCEA hosted the 100th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., showcasing its rich history and commitment to access, innovation, and engagement. The annual conference features specific tracks aligned with UPCEA’s seven professional Networks, in addition to engaging keynote speakers and high-energy concurrent sessions.

    March 22–24, 2017 • Chicago, IL

    Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar
    The annual UPCEA Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar is the top event for leaders and practitioners responsible for professional, continuing, and online education marketing and enrollment management at colleges and universities around the world. The Seminar draws professionals from institutions of all sizes to showcase thought leadership in the field and to explore trends in adult student recruitment and retention. The Seminar offers high-level, strategically-focused presentations as well as sessions that spotlight the tactical components of marketing and enrollment management in today’s higher education landscape.

    November 8–10, 2016 • West Palm Beach, FL

    Frequent webinars on a range of topics applicable to professional, continuing, and online education are free and available exclusively to members. Learn from your peers and industry leaders without leaving your desk!

    Join a Network! UPCEA’s seven Networks are designed to serve professionals practicing in the key areas that define this vibrant and growing sector of higher education. Each Network is the “professional home” for members who work in that area. Individuals can choose to join one or more Networks, according to their needs and interests.
  4. Resources to keep things running smoothly

    Center for Research and Marketing Strategy
    UPCEA offers the gold standard of research and benchmarking information in the industry through its Center for Research and Marketing Strategy. 

    Center for Online Leadership
    Managing the complicated business of online and distance learning needs the best practices, big ideas and the brightest minds to be successful in today’s dynamic and highly competitive world. It requires the sophistication of a modern-day institution and the entrepreneurial leadership of any complex business. UPCEA’s Center for Online Leadership is uniquely focused on the factors that are crucial to a successful online enterprise.

    Peer Consulting

    Second Opinion

    Timely, Actionable Communications
    The UPCEA Briefing is a bi-weekly primer designed to position our members as thought leaders on their campuses. The Briefing provides timely, topical, and trendy information that members can apply in their programs and departments. Subscribe to the Briefing, and contribute content and get published in the Briefing

    Ray Schroeder’s daily blog, the Professional, Continuing, and Online Education Update by UPCEA, is a curated collection of higher education news articles with relevance to members. Subscribe to have these updates sent directly to year email each morning.

    The semi-annual UPCEA magazine, Unbound: Reinventing Higher Education, is an e-publication in magazine format designed to showcase thought leadership, case studies, research and other valuable contributions to the field. Unbound welcomes articles from all those who are involved in higher education, especially those who work with adult students. Submit your article idea to Unbound today!

    Through its Policy Committee and government affairs partners, Thompson Coburn LLP and Cooley LLP, UPCEA advocates for the new majority in higher education — nontraditional students. UPCEA has established federal policy objectives based on member input that align with the broad national goals of increasing degree attainment, building tomorrow’s workforce, and strengthening America’s competitiveness in the global economy.

    Corporate Partners
    UPCEA’s corporate partners and members are businesses and organizations that have demonstrated their support for professional, continuing, and online higher education and the mission of UPCEA.

    UPCEA Job Board

  5. Next steps: leadership development and excellence

    Volunteer and grow as a leader, presenter, or mentor
    Members are encouraged to serve as volunteer leaders — there are many ways to get involved. Serve on a regional or national committee, lend a hand as an ambassador or moderator at one of UPCEA’s conferences, or share your best practices and knowledge as a concurrent session presenter. Let us know how you’d like to volunteer today!

    Showcase your excellence with membership awards!

    Association Awards

    The Association Awards Program includes recognition of both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership. 

    Each of the five regions host individual awards programs. 

    The Marketing, Enrollment, and Student Services Network sponsors an annual competition — the UPCEA Marketing Awards — to recognize the best marketing practices and promotional pieces in the field of professional, continuing, and online education. Winners are chosen and announced in the fall.

Care and maintenance + Customer Service

You can log in and update your member record at any time, or call the Washington, D.C. office if you need help updating your organization’s roster information.

Need help tuning up your roster?

Call us at 202.659.3130 and we will be happy to work with you. Our Washington office is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET. We’re here for you! UPCEA team members will answer your questions or point you in the right direction. Or feel free to email us at info@upcea.edu.


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View and print a copy of the UPCEA Owner's Manual here!