Professional and Continuing Education

Since its inception in 1915, UPCEA has focused on the work of professional and continuing education administrators who advance their institution’s mission by providing access and opportunities for students of all ages. Today, that work is more important than ever, with a focus on today’s adult learner and on developing new audiences, programs, and means of delivery.

UPCEA is committed to providing resources and learning opportunities for leaders in professional and continuing education, embracing their entrepreneurial spirit and our rich history as an association.

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News & Events

Conferences, Seminars, Webinars

From our major annual conference, leadership, marketing and regional events to topical webinars and coffee chats, UPCEA offers unparalleled networking, presentation and learning opportunities for all areas of professional, continuing, and online education.

Major UPCEA Events include:

  • UPCEA Annual Conference
  • MEMS Conference: Marketing, Enrollment Management, Student Success
  • Distance Teaching & Learning (DT&L) and the Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R)
  • Convergence: Credential Innovation in Higher Education
  • Regional Salons

Professional, Continuing, and Online Education News

Each and every day, Senior Fellow at UPCEA and Associate Vice Chancellor of Online Learning at University of Illinois Springfield Ray Schroeder brings you curated news articles.

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Benchmark This!

A blog on the latest trends impacting marketing and higher education from UPCEA’s Chief Research Officer and Founding Director of UPCEA Research and Consulting, Jim Fong.

UPCEA/Pearson Survey: Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials

June 7, 2016

To thrive in today’s fast-evolving job market, students need flexible ways to quickly develop and demonstrate new skills. Alternative credentialing helps solve this problem. UPCEA and Pearson…

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Resources and Publications

UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Professional And Continuing Education

These Hallmarks presume that professional and continuing education is central, pervasive, and critical within institutions of higher learning—crossing internal boundaries and extending external ones, promoting change, and responding to current dynamics that convert challenges into opportunities.

These Hallmarks of Excellence are an opportunity to define a set of standards that reflect the ambitions, potential, and importance of the PCE unit’s work—standards few achieve often enough to be complacent. Commitment to mission, enrollments, innovation, and academic excellence are the inseparable aspirations of professional and continuing educators.


UNBOUND is UPCEA’s e-publication in magazine format, designed to showcase thought leadership, case studies, research and other valuable contributions to the field. UNBOUND welcomes articles from all those who are involved in higher education, especially those who work with adult students.

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Get Involved

Have you joined a Network yet?

Today, the field of professional, continuing and online education is characterized by engagement in very complex, highly specialized areas of practice. UPCEA’s eight Networks are designed to serve professionals practicing in the key areas that define this vibrant and growing sector of higher education. Networks are open to any UPCEA Member. Members can join any one (or multiple) of these Networks, like Business & Operations, Program Planning and Implementation, and more!

Gain Knowledge and Advance Your Career

Learn from expert facilitators and connect with peers online as a part of UPCEA's Professional Development courses. Interested in earning the PCO Pro Certificate from UPCEA? Get the essential skills and knowledge you need with UPCEA’s Learning Center! Bringing you the leading experts in the field of professional, continuing, and online (PCO) education, these programs offer high-value and relevant content for practitioners at all levels.

Select and bundle five courses from the Foundations Series and Professional Practice Series.

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Become an UPCEA Member

UPCEA members get more...

  • Access to useful research
  • Networking opportunities
  • Real time advice, answers and ideas
  • Exclusive member content

UPCEA has the knowledge and resources colleges and universities need to serve adult learners, online learners and contemporary students.

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Contact Us!

To learn more about how UPCEA can help you and your organization navigate the vastly changing landscape of online, professional and continuing education please complete this form or email us at [email protected]

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