UPCEA Recognizes University of Phoenix for Excellence in Online Learning

May 6, 2021

University of Phoenix receives recognition for a high-quality online education program


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2021) — UPCEA, the association for college and university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education, announced today that the University of Phoenix successfully completed the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Review program, demonstrating consistent excellence throughout its online enterprise.


The UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Review program evaluates seven key aspects of online education enterprises using a rigorous review process and issues digital badges, in partnership with Credly, to qualifying colleges and universities to mark their achievement. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Wisconsin-Extension have both been previously recognized through the same review process.


“Over the past four years of new ownership and academic leadership, the University of Phoenix has emphasized curricular quality and faculty development that has resulted in remarkable improvements,” said Ray Schroeder, Senior Fellow for UPCEA, and Professor Emeritus / Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning, University of Illinois-Springfield. “Implementing the best practices that are represented in the Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership, the university is focused on initiatives that serve students well; challenges faculty to engage in excellence in both their teaching and scholarship; and engages the larger academic community through research, publications and presentations.”


“Participating in a comprehensive review of the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership afforded the university an opportunity to validate what we are already doing and to leverage valuable feedback relative to the seven Hallmarks,” said Peter Cohen, President of University of Phoenix. “Looking under the hood of our distance education enterprise for opportunities to improve student outcomes and the student experience for all students was particularly important to us during the pandemic year. We appreciate UPCEA for their support and recognition and we’re grateful to the UPCEA Review Team for their collegiality, wisdom, validation, and feedback.”


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UPCEA is the association for professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. The association supports its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA builds greater awareness of the vital link between adult learners and public policy issues. Learn more at


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University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses and interactive learning help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. We serve a diverse student population, offering degree programs at select locations across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit


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