Online Leadership Roundtable


The Online Leadership Roundtable is the body for senior leaders responsible for leveraging the strategic potential of online learning to transform our institutions and our society. The Roundtable meets annually as a forum to discuss issues related to leadership, strategy, management, and public policy.

Invitation to the complimentary Online Leadership Roundtable includes both the Institutional Representative and the chief online learning officer for UPCEA member institutions (if those are different individuals). Each institution’s delegate(s) to the Roundtable will be able to attend the in-person meeting of the Online Leadership Roundtable on a complimentary basis each year, and will be at the forefront of UPCEA’s growing number of online initiatives.

2017 Online Leadership Roundtable
June 14, 2017
Hilton Bayfront San Diego
San Diego, CA

In addition to attending the annual meeting of the Roundtable, delegates will be able to participate in exclusive, quarterly webinars in partnership with Penn State University, as well as take part in asynchronous online discussions via an invitation-only distributed think tank. This private discussion group (hosted on LinkedIn) will allow Roundtable delegates to continue frank discussions that occur at the annual Roundtable meeting throughout the rest of the year.


Past webinars:

Washington Update: 5 Critical Policy Issues Impacting Online Learning Strategy
A Roundtable Webinar Series in Partnership with Penn State University

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
2:00 pm-3:15 pm ET
Since the mid-1990’s, online education has grown from a peripheral “new way to teach” tested by a few institutions to a transformative force within higher education. Routinely included in the strategic plans of both institutions and state systems, online learning continues a rapid trajectory of disruption to time and location-based educational systems. One of the last bastions of traditional education models is a policy framework constructed in a pre-Internet era, and designed to define and control educational programming for traditional age students learning in a fixed time and place. 

Policy, at all levels, both responds to and informs the institutional strategies and rules that govern educational initiatives. This webinar will provide an overview of five critical policy issues and related topics impacting online learning strategy and explore the ramifications of these policies for higher education. Top trending topics include affordability, student debt, accreditation reform linked to student outcomes and competency-based education, and efforts to open federal student aid to non-traditional providers.
A post-webinar deliverable will be a briefing document that can serve as the foundation for forming an institutional strategy and response to the relevant policy issues.

Susan C. Aldridge, Drexel University Online
Jarret S. Cummings, EDUCAUSE
Vince Sampson, Cooley LLP

Lawrence C. Ragan, Penn State University

Vickie Cook, University of Illinois-Springfield

The Promise (and Perils) of Competency-Based Education
September 28, 2015
David Schejbal, University of Wisconsin Extension; Aaron Lacey, Thompson Coburn; Jeffrey Rosen, Higher Learning Commission

View the list of Roundtable delegates here.