From the CEO

Musings on trends and updates from UPCEA CEO Bob Hansen. 

Apply now for free enrollment in January 2022 PCO Pro courses

I’m pleased to share with you a special offer for UPCEA members: a complimentary opportunity for you and your colleagues to join us for an UPCEA professional development course.

Our professional development courses and certificates have been enthusiastically endorsed and highly rated by participants. Students have appreciated the opportunity to learn from leaders in the profession, network with colleagues across the field, and engage both asynchronously and in weekly live classes.

Each member institution will be eligible for two complimentary enrollments, one for each of the following PCO Pro courses offered this January:

  • The Nature of American Higher Education (Foundations Series), Faculty Member: Jay Halfond, Professor of the Practice Emeritus, Boston University
  • The Language and Culture of Higher Learning (Foundations Series), Faculty Members: Jim Shaeffer, President, Eastern Shore Community College and Peggy Shaeffer

Because we know this opportunity will be popular, we have developed a special model for these offerings—courses will be taught by our Founding Faculty, with small breakout sections facilitated by experienced practitioners committed to shared learning and discovery.

In order to be eligible for this offer, you must receive approval from your Institutional Representative to UPCEA, acknowledge that you are requesting one of two spots available to your institution, and be a first-time enrollee in UPCEA’s Online Professional Development Programs. Fill out this form to apply. If you do not know who your Institutional Representative is, please email [email protected]. An UPCEA staff member will register eligible enrollees for the course and send a confirmation email. Please submit the form by Friday, December 17, 2021.

If you have questions about this offer or UPCEA’s Online Professional Development Programs, contact Patrick Flanigan at [email protected].


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Bob Hansen is the CEO of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Since 2010, Hansen has reinvented the century-old organization – creating the Center for Research and Strategy in 2011, establishing a number of initiatives focused on the association’s unique role in online leadership and management, and positioning the association as an important advocate for policy issues related to non-traditional and online learners. The association has more than doubled in size during Hansen’s tenure by successfully diversifying revenue. Hansen previously served as Associate Provost for University Outreach at the University of Southern Maine, and as Assistant the Governor for Education in Illinois. He holds a Ph.D in English from the University of Notre Dame.