From the CEO

Musings on trends and updates from UPCEA CEO Bob Hansen. 

Special for UPCEA members: Free PCO Pro course enrollment

I’m pleased to inform you of a special offer for our institutional members, in thanks for your loyalty and commitment to UPCEA during the pandemic.


Our new professional development courses and certificates have been enthusiastically endorsed by participants. Students have appreciated the opportunity to learn from leaders in the profession, network with colleagues across the field, and engage both asynchronously and in weekly live classes. We’d like to offer you and your colleagues a complimentary opportunity to join us for this dynamic series, even in the face of frozen or restricted budgets.


Each member institution will be eligible for two complimentary enrollments, one for each of the following PCO Pro courses offered this June:


Because we know this opportunity will be popular, we have developed a special model just for these two offerings—courses will be taught by members of our Founding Faculty, with small breakout sections facilitated by experienced practitioners committed to shared learning and discovery.


In order to be eligible for this offer, you must receive approval from your Institutional Representative to UPCEA, acknowledge that you are requesting one of two spots available to your institution, and be a first-time enrollee in UPCEA’s Online Professional Development Programs. Fill out this form to apply. If you do not know who your Institutional Representative is, please email [email protected]. Eligible students will receive a promotional code to register. Please submit the form by Friday, April 30, 2021.


If you have questions about this offer or UPCEA’s Online Professional Development Programs, contact Patrick Flanigan at [email protected].


We’re happy to extend this exclusive opportunity to our members. Thank you for your membership and support.

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Bob Hansen is the CEO of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Since 2010, Hansen has reinvented the century-old organization – creating the Center for Research and Strategy in 2011, establishing a number of initiatives focused on the association’s unique role in online leadership and management, and positioning the association as an important advocate for policy issues related to non-traditional and online learners. The association has more than doubled in size during Hansen’s tenure by successfully diversifying revenue. Hansen previously served as Associate Provost for University Outreach at the University of Southern Maine, and as Assistant the Governor for Education in Illinois. He holds a Ph.D in English from the University of Notre Dame.