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The Online and Professional Education Association

Serving adult higher education units at the leading universities and colleges across the field.

UPCEA is the online and professional education association.

Our members are continuously reinventing higher education, positively impacting millions of lives. We lead and support them through research, networking, mentorship, conferences, seminars, and advocacy. We also bring together leaders in education, industry, research, and policy to elevate educational access and outcomes.

Learn more about UPCEA's focus areas:

Online Leadership and Administration

Professional & Continuing Education

Alternative Credentials

Marketing, Enrollment & Student Success

Research & Consulting

Why Leaders Choose UPCEA

The association serves its members and advances leadership in PCO education with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications.

Focus & Expertise: We’re exclusively focused on advancing online, professional and continuing education, and our leaders have experience as senior administrators in these areas.

Breadth of Knowledge: We are the only association of current and future leaders in online, professional, and continuing education, with an extremely diverse member base, giving us unparalleled insights and credibility.

Collaborative Member Community: Our members are highly engaged and actively seek opportunities to collaborate, sharing challenges and solutions with one another via our community platforms, events and facilitated discussions.

Entrepreneurial Environment: We are a hub for program and business model innovation, supporting our members in all phases, from ideation to operational excellence.

Integrated Solutions Marketplace: We engage industry leading solution providers as members, versus treating them simply as exhibitors and sponsors, resulting in a culture of partnership and sharing that benefits everyone involved.

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UPCEA Highlights & Announcements

Using ROI for Strategic Planning of Online Education A Process for Institutional Transformation Edited by Kathleen S. Ives and Deborah M. Seymour Foreword by Paul LeBlanc

Book – Using ROI for Strategic Planning of Online Education

The book offers a range of approaches to ROI reflecting the strategic priorities and types of return institutions seek from their investment in online programming, whether they be increased profits or surpluses via reduced expenses or increased operating efficiencies or ...
Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education | November 1-3, 2023 | Washington, DC

Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education

November 1-3, 2023 | Capital Hilton | Washington, DC | Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education examines new and emerging trends and models, especially at the institutional level, in the emergent field of alternative credentials. Presented jointly by UPCEA and ...
UPCEA 2023 MEMS | Marketing. Enrollment Management. Student Success. | Portland, OR | November 29 - December 1, 2023

2023 MEMS Conference | Marketing. Enrollment Management. Student Services.

November 29 - December 1, 2023 | Portland, OR MEMS brings together professionals focused on marketing, recruitment, and student success within the higher education arena, particularly focused on adult, professional, continuing, and online education. The 32nd Annual MEMS: Marketing, Enrollment ...
PCO Pro Certificate - New Bundled Price for Savings

PCO Pro Certificate – New bundled pricing

UPCEA is pleased to announce that we are now offering the UPCEA Professional, Continuing, and Online Education Professional (PCO Pro) Certificate at a permanently bundled price. This means savings and convenience for you! Learn more.
2024 UPCEA Annual Conference

2024 UPCEA Annual Conference

March 26-28, 2024 | Boston, MA We are thrilled to invite you to the 2024 Annual UPCEA Conference hosted in Boston, MA, on March 26 - 28, 2024. Post-pandemic, our units have been presented with numerous opportunities to highlight the ...
CORe - UPCEA's Online Community

CORe – UPCEA’s Member Community

CORe is UPCEA's member community and online networking space where you can ask, answer or search for questions on relevant topics. Get advice, answers and ideas from your colleagues online.

Conferences & Events

Connect with and learn from high-level leaders and colleagues at UPCEA conferences, seminars, webinars and other events.


Virtual Regional Salons

Online, Free to UPCEA Members

Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education | November 1-3, 2023 | Washington, DC
NOVEMBER 1-3, 2023

2023 Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education

A joint presentation by UPCEA and AACRAO

Washington DC
Capital Hilton

UPCEA 2023 MEMS | Marketing. Enrollment Management. Student Success. | Portland, OR | November 29 - December 1, 2023

2023 UPCEA MEMS | Marketing | Enrollment Management | Student Success

2024 UPCEA Annual Conference
MARCH 26-28, 2024

2024 UPCEA Annual Conference

Actionable Research & Benchmarking

Today’s leaders in professional, continuing and online education turn to UPCEA Research and Consulting for their actionable benchmarking and consulting needs. This provides industry-wide research for UPCEA members, and offers contract market research, benchmarking studies, and custom data exploration at member rates far below industry average.

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UPCEA Certificate Programs & Courses

Get the essential skills and knowledge you and your team need from the leading experts in the field. UPCEA's Online Professional Development Certificates and Courses offer high-value and relevant content for practitioners at all levels, as well as engagement with peers from across the field to strengthen your breadth of knowledge and skills.

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