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. Engage with peers from across the field in a virtual classroom to strengthen understanding, breadth of knowledge, and skills. See below for courses and events that are now open for registration.
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PCO Professional Program Courses Open for Registration
Creating and Motivating PCO Enterprises - May 2021
Course Begins 05/05/2021 I Capacity: 20 participants
Course Facilitator: Dr. Nancy Coleman, Harvard Extension
What is the best way to organize the human resources of a PCO unit? That’s a good question (without just one answer), that will be explored in this interactive 4 week course. Hiring, organizing and managing both administrative and faculty talent is one of the critical factors of success in continuing education. What are some of the various overall structures employed in designing a PCO unit, and their pros/cons? How are teams assembled to design and launch new programs? How do you integrate and work with those elsewhere in the university and outside (vendors)? How can you maintain high performing operations that balance continuous improvement and innovation?
This course provides a broad understanding of these elements and others. Organized around a team model, participants will engage with colleagues from other institutions to ensure a dynamic understanding of the issues.
Special Offer for Members
The Nature of American Higher Education
Course Begins: 06/01/2021
Course Facilitator: Dr. Jay Halfond, Boston University
What makes higher education so important in the United States? Why are universities often such a mystery and controversy in our society? What are the key roles and power structure in the university? What are the realities, issues, and future prospects colleges and universities face? This course provides a foundation for those pursuing careers in academic administration -- and an opportunity for participants to appreciate the context and breadth of institutions beyond their personal and professional experience.
Special Offer: This course is temporarily being offered complementary to members who have not previously enrolled in any UPCEA Online Professional Development Course. Please fill out the form by April 30 if you are interested in this offer. You must have approval from your institutional representative to be eligible. Enrollment limited to one participant per institution for this course.
Overview of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education (PCO)
Course Begins: 06/03/2021
Course Facilitator: Dr. David Schejbal, Excelsior College
What are the various ways universities organize and empower their units for professional, continuing, and online education? What are some unique features and approaches within these entities, particularly in how they address the educational needs of adult learners? This course provides a broad understanding of the variety of roles and models for professional, continuing, and online education across the academic landscape -- and the issues and opportunities they face. This course also looks at internal organizational structures, skill sets, and staffing. Finally, this course discusses professionalism and the role that UPCEA plays in networking and educating those in this domain.
Special Offer: This course is temporarily being offered complementary to members who have not previously enrolled in any UPCEA Online Professional Development Course. Please fill out the form by April 30 if you are interested in this offer. You must have approval from your Institutional representative to be eligible. Enrollment limited to one participant per institution for this course.
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