Regions - The Best Place for Local Networking!
UPCEA's five regions provide opportunities for members to examine issues of local and regional importance, develop collaborative initiatives, network with area colleagues, and take advantage of cost-effective professional development at regional conferences each fall.
Regional content is especially useful for new and mid-level professionals who will discover opportunities to build leadership skills and learn from our industry's best in a smaller, more intimate conference setting. Take part in a leadership program, build your skills as a presenter, or nominate a program or person from your region for a regional, national or marketing excellence award.
Join a Network! UPCEA's six Networks are designed to serve professionals practicing in the key areas that define this vibrant and growing sector of higher education. Each Network is the "professional home" for members who work in that area. Individuals can choose to join one or more Networks, according to their needs and interests.
Join the International; Marketing, Enrollment, & Student Services; Online Administration; Community and Economic Engagement; Program Planning and Implementation; and/or (new) Business & Operations Network.
For Higher Ed Instructional Design Teams!
The eDesign Collaborative serves higher education instructional design teams (instructional designers, multimedia developers, and team administrators) in higher education seeking networking and professional development.
The eDesign Collaborative's mission is to support and enhance higher education instructional design. Participation in the eDesign Collaborative provides access to a community of professionals who are interested in best practices for online course creation.
Your 24/7 Member Network
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 via CORe, UPCEA's professional networking platform.
Your membership gives you full access to:
- Active conversations, and the chance to ask your questions in real time
- Robust search of conversation archive
- A diverse resource library
- UPCEA's entire member directory
- Exclusive member content -- including benchmarking studies, conference session slides, and webinar recordings
Complimentary for members!
Frequent webinars on a range of topics applicable to professional, continuing, and online education are free and available exclusively to members. Learn from your peers and industry leaders without leaving your desk!
Showcase your excellence with membership awards!
The Association Awards Program includes recognition of both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership. UPCEA recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the Association and the field, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development and services, research and publications, and other areas.
Each of the five regions host individual awards programs. Awards are presented at regional conferences held in October.
The Marketing, Enrollment, and Student Services Network sponsors an annual competition -- the UPCEA Marketing Awards -- to recognize the best marketing practices and promotional pieces in the field of professional, continuing, and online education.
Benchmarking Research & Consulting
Data you can use, and the experts to help you get it
UPCEA offers the gold standard of research and benchmarking information in the industry through its Center for Research and Strategy. Under the experienced leadership of Jim Fong, the Center conducts several free studies per year for the benefit of all UPCEA members.
Whether you need benchmarking studies, market research for a new program, or specific information to evaluate and develop strategies to take your online programs and instructional design to the next level, UPCEA Consulting is the right choice. Consulting is offered via the Center for Research and Strategy and the National Council for Online Education. UPCEA also offers Peer Review Teams for on-site visits.
Volunteer and grow as a leader, presenter, or mentor
Take an active role in your membership! Members are encouraged to serve as volunteer leaders -- there are many ways to get involved:
- Be an ambassador, conference buddy, or mentor
- Submit a proposal to present at regional or national conferences
- Serve on a regional or network committee
- Join a network and share your knowledge
- Volunteer at your regional conference
- Submit an article for Unbound, UPCEA's e-journal
- Post on CORe and join the conversation