Member Benefits

Members get more! You will have access to a network of professionals and leaders, as well as online resources available exclusively to members. Find benchmarking research, webinar recordings and online conversations in CORe, UPCEA's networking platform. You can also attend conferences and seminars at the discounted member rate, or participate in the UPCEA awards program.


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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 events throughout the year.

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 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 Alternative Credentials; Business & Operations; Community and Economic Engagement; eDesign Collaborative; International; Marketing, Enrollment, & Student Success; Online Administration; and/or Program Planning and Implementation Network.


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 online and professional continuing 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 events.

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 online and professional continuing 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 UPCEA Research and Consulting. Under the experienced leadership of Jim Fong, UPCEA Research and Consulting 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 Research and Consulting is the right choice. UPCEA also offers Peer Review Teams for on-site visits.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 conferences
  • Serve on a regional or network committee
  • Join a network and share your knowledge
  • Volunteer on your regional volunteer team
  • Submit an article for Unbound, UPCEA's e-journal
  • Post on CORe and join the conversation 

Get Involved with UPCEA

Professional development isn't just about attending sessions. Get involved with UPCEA to meet members from other institutions, share the great work your institution is doing, and hone your own skills. From submitting a session proposal for a conference or an article for a publication to serving as a volunteer on a conference planning committee, there are as many ways to engage with us!


Awards of Excellence

Since 1953, UPCEA has recognized 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 many other areas.