Program Planning and Implementation Network

The Program Planning & Implementation Network (PPI) provides a forum for members to share and explore program management best practices and innovations in credit and non-credit programming. The Network supports the professional development needs of program coordinators, managers, and directors and the similar competencies necessary to be successful professional, continuing, and online leaders. The network is a community that strives to identify, develop, and sustain innovative programs. This is done through the sharing of information obtained through environmental scanning, benchmarking, and institutional research to inform creative approaches to program design and management. Specifically, the network shares best practices and helps members develop competencies in creative program planning, implementation and assessment, and meeting student/participant needs with limited resources.

Who Should Join?

The PPI Network serves all sorts of professionals, and the following individuals may find value in the conversations and connections:

  • Program Managers/Coordinators
  • Chief Online Learning Officers
  • Deans 
  • Provosts
  • Administrators
  • Directors
  • Vice Presidents
  • ...and all other interested UPCEA Members!

Join the Discussion

Log in to CORe, 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

UPCEA Outstanding Program Awards: Credit And Noncredit

These awards honor credit and non-credit professional, continuing, and/or online education programs (one in each category) at UPCEA member institutions for excellence in achieving their educational objectives. The awards are not necessarily given annually.

Attend Network Events

The PPI Network curates webinars and coffee chats throughout the year, on a number of topics related to the work of the Network. Check out the events page linked below and keep an eye out for our upcoming events.

Today, the field of professional, continuing, 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 by logging in to their profile, going down to My Networks + Committees then click "Browse Networks + Committees". Select the network you would like to join, and click "Join this Network/Committee".

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! Click below and let us know how you'd like to volunteer with UPCEA.

Have a question about the Network? Ask a volunteer leader!

UPCEA Network Leadership is composed of UPCEA members who serve in these roles. Below you can find a current listing of this year's leadership team. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, click here.

2022-2023

Leadership Team

Vanessa Williams

CHAIR

Rutgers University
[email protected]

Johanna Prado

CHAIR-ELECT

William Paterson University
[email protected]

Sandra von Doetinchem

PAST CHAIR

University of Hawaii, Manoa
[email protected]

Lynda Leavitt

VICE CHAIR, ANNUAL CONFERENCE & SPECIAL EVENTS

Lindenwood University
[email protected]

Sandra Gladney

VICE CHAIR, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

University of Oregon
[email protected]

Anca Matcovschi

VICE CHAIR, COMMUNICATIONS

Amy Corn

VICE CHAIR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Georgia Tech University
[email protected]

Karen Haberfeld

VICE CHAIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

University of Washington
[email protected]

Rebecca Cook

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

University of Arizona
[email protected]

Khusro Kidwai

VICE CHAIR, AT-LARGE

Johns Hopkins University
[email protected]

23109270222_913907ae48_k

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!

22705011037_217e9a2505_k

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.