Events

Attend or view webinars on your schedule, and connect with peers in your area at a regional event — especially useful for new or mid-level professionals. Share your lessons learned with colleagues by presenting a conference session, and get involved with the association by becoming a volunteer leader. Connect with other high-level leaders through fantastic networking opportunities during the Annual Conference and all our events. Webinars are free for UPCEA Members, and membership also provides discounts to all of our conferences and other events.

Conferences and Seminars

2024 UPCEA Annual Conference
MARCH 26-28, 2024

2024 UPCEA Annual Conference

2024 DT&L and SOLA+R Conference | July 22-24, 2024 | Minneapolis, MN
JULY 22-24, 2024

2024 Distance Teaching & Learning (DT&L) and Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R)

Minneapolis, MN

Convergence Credential Innovation in Higher Education | Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2024 | New Orleans, LA
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 2, 2024

2024 Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education

New Orleans, LA

UPCEA Logo Swirl Grey
DECEMBER 3-5, 2024

2024 UPCEA MEMS | Marketing | Enrollment Management | Student Success

Philadelphia, PA

UPCEA Logo Swirl Grey
MARCH 24-26, 2025

2025 UPCEA Annual Conference

 Denver, CO

Webinars & Chats

February 28, 2024 | 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Coffee Chat | Brewing Ideas on AI: Transforming Our Operations, Teaching, Learning, and Student Support Work

Hosted by the Business & Operations Network

Join us for a stimulating coffee chat where we delve into the multifaceted integration of AI in academia. This chat is an ideal platform to exchange insights and best practices on the development of Generative AI approaches, institutional positioning papers, and policy frameworks. Whether you're crafting AI strategies for course development, student support services, or reimagining learning outcomes and assessments, this discussion opens the conversation to explore the questions we all have. You will hear thoughts on how AI is transforming teaching and administrative tasks, how to address security and data privacy concerns, and fostering innovative educational environments. Bring your experiences and questions to this collaborative forum, and let's shape the future of AI in higher education together.

Click here on February 28 at 12PM ET to access the coffee chat. 

Coffee Chats are informal, unrecorded opportunities for colleagues to connect about professional issues on their mind.

February 29, 2024 | 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Coffee Chat | Leap into Alternative Credentials

Hosted by the Alternative Credentials Network

Perhaps you saw the questions in CORe, maybe you’ve been wondering or have answers to share. Join us for a Coffee Chat to discuss the implementation of digital badges at a college or university. Get ready to discuss a range of considerations, like issuance criteria, competency-based approaches, and transparency. This Coffee Chat is hosted by the Alternative Credentials Network. UPCEA Coffee Chats are informal, unrecorded opportunities for colleagues to connect about professional issues on their mind.

Click here on February 29 at 3PM ET to access the coffee chat. 

Coffee Chats are informal, unrecorded opportunities for colleagues to connect about professional issues on their mind.

March 1, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Coffee Chat | MEMS 2023: Takeaways and To-Do Lists

Hosted by the Marketing, Enrollment Management, and Student Success Network

Were you at MEMS 2023? Have a bunch of ideas that you thought were take-away worthy or a long list of things you wanted to-do when you got back to campus? Join us to share lessons learned or hear what you missed.

Click here on March 1 at 1PM ET to access the coffee chat. 

Coffee Chats are informal, unrecorded opportunities for colleagues to connect about professional issues on their mind.

March 5, 2024 | 2:00-2:45 PM ET

Coffee Chat | Digital Waste in Instructional Design

Hosted by the eDesign Collaborative Network

Join us for an engaging virtual coffee chat as we discuss the topic of 'Digital Waste in Instructional Design.' Together, we'll explore the importance of monitoring digital waste in our field and share personal experiences managing digital waste in past projects. Discover practical strategies employed by fellow instructional designers to minimize digital waste and foster a more sustainable approach to course development. We hope you will join us to exchange insights that will help us proactively design for less waste in our projects!

Click here on March 5 at 2PM ET to access the coffee chat. 

Coffee Chats are informal, unrecorded opportunities for colleagues to connect about professional issues on their mind.

March 5, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Webinar | Transitioning to Competency-Based Education in Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Hosted by LearningMate

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has strongly advocated for a transition to competency-based education (CBE) models for undergraduate, prelicensure nursing programs. CBE is an outcomes-focused approach centered on assessing students’ mastery of core nursing competencies needed for clinical practice rather than reliance on time-based training. The integration of CBE in nursing education is a solution for issues such as high attrition, inconsistent graduate readiness, and overloaded faculty. CBE benefits nursing students who can experience personalized learning as well as nursing faculty who can implement optimized curricular design and transparent performance expectations facilitating targeted instruction.

In this webinar, we will explore what CBE is and is not, why it is being implemented in nursing programs, and what it takes to overcome the challenges to implement at a program-level.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Shelley A. Johnson, EdD, MBA, MSN, NE-BC, CNE, Provost Salem University
  • Dr. Denise Neill, PhD, RN, CNE, Nursing Department Head at Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Kristen Ponichtera DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CNE, CNEcl, LearningMate Nursing Specialist
  • Moderator: Keith Chandler, Communication and Event Manager, LearningMate
March 5, 2024 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar | Unveiling the Employer’s View: An Employer-Centric Approach to Higher Education Partnerships

Hosted by Collegis Education

Collegis Education and UPCEA are hosting a webinar covering our recent joint research survey that highlights employers’ perceptions of partnering with four-year higher ed institutions on professional development programs and alternative credentials.

Attend the webinar where our experts will review the research and dive into the insights that include:

  • How employers view working with higher ed
  • Why current employer partners plan to continue their higher ed partnerships
  • How employer partnerships have changed from last year’s report
  • The best strategies to secure partnerships

Presenters:

  • Jim Fong, Chief Research Officer, UPCEA
  • Tracy Chapman, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Collegis Education
March 6, 2024 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar | The Perception of Employers on Workforce Development through Alternative Credentials

Hosted by the UPCEA Alternative Credentials Network

Join us as we explore the evolving landscape of employment and how alternative credentials are reshaping the qualifications that employers consider when hiring. As traditional degrees are increasingly supplemented or even replaced by micro-credentials, certifications, badges, and other forms of skill validation, this webinar seeks to address key questions and topics, including employer perspective, skill-based training, and the relationship between higher education and employer.

Panelists:

  • Julia Nitschke, Lightcast
  • Jim Fong, UPCEA

Moderator:

  • Chris Edwards, Kanahoma
March 13, 2024 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar | 2024 UPCEA Marketing Metrics Research

Hosted by Search Influence

Learn the latest about cost per inquiry and how it and other marketing metrics are being measured as we discuss results from the new higher ed marketing metrics research report, What Gets Measured Gets Managed. Join us to see new research supported by Search Influence from Jim Fong and Bruce Etter of UPCEA's Research and Consulting team. The UPCEA research team is establishing benchmarks for higher education cost per inquiry (CPI), and the study also explores whether professional and online education units track critical metrics that can inform outcomes. 53% of respondents are not satisfied with the performance of their marketing campaigns. How are you doing? 

Come learn:

  • the metrics peer institutions track
  • how your university’s CPI metrics compare to peer institutions
  • the most popular sources of inquiries for professional and online programs

Presenters:

  • Jim Fong, Chief Research Officer, UPCEA
  • Bruce Etter, Senior Director of Research and Consulting, UPCEA
  • Paula French, Director of Sales and Marketing, Search Influence
  • Alison Zeringue, Director of Account Management Search Influence
March 14, 2024 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar | Helping Californians Return to College to Finish Their Degrees

Hosted by InsideTrack

Two initiatives, California Reconnect and The UCR Degree Completion Program both aim to support the return of former California students back to college for the successful completion of degrees and credentials. In this webinar, representatives of these initiatives will share their goals and approaches to this important work, as well as early wins, lessons and insights.

Presenters:

  • Kai Drekmeier, Chief Development Officer and Cofounder, InsideTrack

  • Marie C. Martin, PhD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Director of Academic Quality, Integrity, and Assessment, Director of Degree Completion Programs, UC Riverside, University Extension and Professional Studies

March 15, 2024 | 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Coffee Chat | Know Before You Go: Navigating the 2024 Annual Conference

Whether you’re a newcomer or a pro, join us for an informal opportunity to connect with other Annual Conference attendees. This fast-paced coffee chat will get you up to speed, give you an opportunity to ask questions and start thinking about planning your conference adventure. Download our calendar invite below, or click here on March 15 at 3PM ET to join.

Facilitators:

  • Mel Edwards, UPCEA
  • Melissa Peraino, UPCEA
  • Lakitia Avery, Kent State University

Past Events

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

2023 UPCEA MEMS | Marketing | Enrollment Management | Student Success

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

2023 Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education

Presented by UPCEA and AACRAO

Washington DC
Capital Hilton

UPCEA West Region Map | New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
OCTOBER 19, 2023 | 10:30AM-2:30PM PT

West Region Salon

UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Region Map | West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York
SEPTEMBER 28 2023 | 1PM - 5PM ET

Mid-Atlantic Region Salon

UPCEA New England Region Map | Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
AUGUST 2, 2023 | 11AM - 3 PM ET

New England Region Salon

2023 Distance Teaching & Learning (DT&L) and Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy + Roundtable (SOLA+R) Presented by UPCEA and University of Wisconsin-Madison July 25-27, 2023 Madison, Wisconsin
JULY 25 - 27, 2023

Distance Teaching & Learning (DT&L) +
Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy + Roundtable (SOLA+R)

Presented by UPCEA and University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

UPCEA South Region Map | Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia
JULY 13, 2023 | 12PM - 4 PM ET

South Region Salon

UPCEA Central Region Map | Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
JUNE 20, 2023 | 1PM - 5:30 PM ET

Central Region Salon

UPCEA 2023 Annual Conference | March 22-24, 2023 | Washington, DC
MARCH 22 - 24, 2023

2023 UPCEA Annual Conference

Washington DC
Washington Hilton

MEMS | Marketing, Enrollment Management, and Student Success | United for Success | November 30 - December 2, 2022 | New Orleans, LA
NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2, 2022

2022 UPCEA MEMS | Marketing | Enrollment Management | Student Success

New Orleans, LA

The Ritz-Carlton

UPCEA South Region Map | Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia
NOVEMBER 2-4, 2022

2022 UPCEA South Region Conference

Atlanta, GA

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

UPCEA New England Region Map | Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
OCTOBER 26-28, 2022

2022 UPCEA New England Region Conference

Providence, RI

Renaissance Providence

UPCEA West Region Map | New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
OCTOBER 20, 2022

2022 UPCEA West Region Salon

UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Region Map | West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York
OCTOBER 12-14, 2022

2022 UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Region Conference

Philadelphia, PA

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

UPCEA Central Region Map | Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2022

2022 UPCEA Central Region Conference

Columbus, OH

Sheraton Columbus at the Capitol

The 38th Distance Teaching and Learning Conference | August 3-5, 2022 | Virtual
AUGUST 3-5, 2022

2022 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

May 3-4, 2022 2022 UPCEA Annual Conference REACH
May 3-4, 2022

2022 UPCEA Annual Conference REACH

2022 UPCEA Annual Conference - April 11-14, 2022
APRIL 11-14, 2022

2022 UPCEA Annual Conference

Orlando, FL

Disney Coronado Springs

SOLA+R 2022 - April 11-12, Orlando, FL
APRIL 11-12, 2022

2022 SOLA+R - Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable

Orlando, FL

Disney Coronado Springs

2021 MEMS | Marketing. Enrollment Management. Student Success. | December 1-3, 2021
DECEMBER 1-3, 2021

MEMS 2021: Marketing | Enrollment Management | Student Success

REgions
OCTOBER 18-21, 2021

2021 Regions Week

2021 ThinkTank Roadshow
Throughout 2021

2021 eDC ThinkTank Roadshow

 Multiple Locations 

2021 UPCEA Annual Conference | April 7-9, 2021 | Virtual Event | #UPCEA2021
APRIL 7-9, 2021

2021 UPCEA Annual Conference

SOLA+R 2021 - Summit for Online Leadership Administration + Roundtable | February 2-4
FEBRUARY 2-4, 2021

2021 SOLA+R (Summit for Online Leadership Administration + Roundtable)

thinktank20
Throughout 2020

2020 eDC ThinkTank Roadshow

 Multiple Locations 

2020 UPCEA Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar December 2-4 | Virtual
December 2-4, 2020

2020 Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar

UPCEA South Region Map | Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia
OCTOBER 27-29, 2020

Virtually Together: 2020 South Region Conference

UPCEA New England Region Map | Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
OCTOBER 21-23, 2020

Virtually Together: 2020 New England Region Conference

UPCEA West Region Map | New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
OCTOBER 12-14, 2020

Virtually Together: 2020 West Region Conference

UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Region Map | West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York
OCTOBER 5-7, 2020

Virtually Together: 2020 Mid-Atlantic Region Conference

UPCEA Central Region Map | Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 2, 2020

Virtually Together: 2020 Central Region Conference