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UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves more than 400 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. The association serves its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA builds greater awareness of the vital link between adult learners and public policy issues.   

UPCEA advances leadership in professional, continuing, and  online education by:
  • Enhancing the ability of higher education institutions to provide high quality, continuing education programs by promoting standards of good practice in continuing higher education;
  • Furthering public awareness about the role of professional, continuing, and online education in the public policy arena.
  • Collecting data on administrative practices, such as management, marketing, and program development.
  • Sharing scholarship through its professional journal, Continuing Higher Education Review, and sharing news about colleagues and program trends through its quarterly newsletter, InFocus; and studies by the Center for Research and Consulting.
  • Promoting excellence through an awards program that recognizes outstanding continuing higher education leadership, educational programs, student services, college and university administrators and faculty, and continuing education students.