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We exist to help institutions like yours enhance your online, professional and continuing education portfolios.

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The Online and Professional Education Association

Serving adult higher education units at the leading universities and colleges across the field.

UPCEA is the online and professional education association.

Our members are continuously reinventing higher education, positively impacting millions of lives. We lead and support them through research, networking, mentorship, conferences, seminars, and advocacy. We also bring together leaders in education, industry, research, and policy to elevate educational access and outcomes.

Learn more about UPCEA's focus areas:

Leadership in Online Learning

Professional & Continuing Education

Alternative Credentials

Marketing, Enrollment & Student Success

Research & Consulting

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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UPCEA Highlights & Announcements

Conferences & Events

Connect with and learn from high-level leaders and colleagues at UPCEA conferences, seminars, webinars and other events.

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

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

Minneapolis, MN

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

2024 Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education

Presented by UPCEA and AACRAO

New Orleans, LA

2024 MEMS | Marketing, Enrollment Management, and Student Success Conference | December 3-5, 2024 | Philadelphia, PA
DECEMBER 3-5, 2024

2024 UPCEA MEMS: Marketing | Enrollment Management | Student Success

Philadelphia, PA

2025 UPCEA Annual Conference | March 24-26, 2025 | Denver, CO | #UPCEA2025
MARCH 24-26, 2025

2025 UPCEA Annual Conference

Actionable Research & Benchmarking

Today’s leaders in professional, continuing and online education turn to UPCEA Research and Consulting for their actionable benchmarking and consulting needs. This provides industry-wide research for UPCEA members, and offers contract market research, benchmarking studies, and custom data exploration at member rates far below industry average.

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UPCEA Certificate Programs & Courses

Get the essential skills and knowledge you and your team need from the leading experts in the field. UPCEA's Online Professional Development Certificates and Courses offer high-value and relevant content for practitioners at all levels, as well as engagement with peers from across the field to strengthen your breadth of knowledge and skills.

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