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Leaders in online and professional continuing education choose UPCEA

UPCEA is YOUR Community

UPCEA exists to help institutions like yours enhance your online and professional continuing education portfolios. Through cutting edge research, professional networking and mentorship, conferences and seminars, and stakeholder advocacy, we provide the support and expertise your team needs to maximize success. Join our vital community of current and future education leaders. Leverage our collaborative, entrepreneurial environment to reimagine what’s possible and achieve operational excellence.

UPCEA members are leaders in online and professional continuing education and include deans, administrators, marketing professionals, program directors, instructional designers, directors, and more from universities and colleges large and small, including the largest public and private institutions to smaller regional master's, baccalaureate and special focus schools. Rosters are unlimited and can include anyone at your organization.

UPCEA Corporate Memberships are available to companies who provide solutions within online and professional continuing education.

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UPCEA Membership Benefits



Second Opinion: Free, 30-minute phone consultation with our lead consultants.

Online Leadership Roundtable representation: one seat on the Council for Chief Online Learning Officers.

Council for Credential Innovation representation: one seat on the body for senior leaders charged with driving non-degree credential strategy at the unit or campus level.

Custom Consulting & Program Review: contract market research, benchmarking studies, and custom consulting on program portfolio, online operations and more at great member rates.

Research & Benchmarking platform includes marketing and budgeting trends and real-time comparative information for members only to assist institutions with crucial decisions.



Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers facing the same challenges at UPCEA’s national conferences and seminars, as well as regional events.

24/7 Online Community (CORe): Advice, answers and ideas. Real-time access to 15,000+educators, leaders, and colleagues for collaboration and feedback.

Join any of our 8 Networks designed to serve professionals practicing in the key areas that define this vibrant and growing sector of higher education.

UPlift: UPCEA Mentorship Experience: Become a mentor, mentee, or both!

Career Center: Post a job or find a new job!



Special Member pricing on all UPCEA conferences, events and professional development.

Exclusive member content: Benchmarking studies, conference session slides & recordings, best practices.

Free webinars focused on timely topics vital to the field.

PCO Professional Certificate and PCO Leader Certificate: Special member rates help members build expertise, advance their careers, and/or become leaders in the field of online and professional continuing education.

Resources: Access to hundreds of shared documents, resources, presentations, recorded sessions.

Membership Types

Institutional Membership

Institutional membership applies to degree-granting institutions in good standing with an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Dues are based on the institution’s Carnegie Classification and enrollment. Institutional Membership includes unlimited professional memberships for individuals who may use the membership benefits.

Membership is available to System Offices for regionally-accredited, degree-granting college and universities.

For more information about Institutional Membership, please contact Brandan Kaiser at 202-844-4242 or [email protected].

Corporate Membership

Corporate membership is available to business entities that provide goods and services to the higher education sector, including marketing, online program management, technology solutions, test prep, adult-learner solutions, etc.

For more information about Corporate Membership, please contact Brandan Kaiser at 202-844-4242 or [email protected].

Why Leaders Choose UPCEA

The association serves its members and advances leadership in online and professional continuing 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 and professional 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 and professional 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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