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  • Image result for bob hansen upceaBob Hansen, CEO, UPCEA

Dr. Robert J. Hansen has served as Chief Executive Officer of UPCEA since September 2010.   He has led the century-old organization through dramatic changes since that time.  He established the Center for Research and Marketing Strategy in 2011 and then established a number of initiatives targeting the association’s unique role in online leadership and management under the umbrella of the Center for Online Leadership: the Summit for Online Leadership, the Online Leadership Roundtable for chief online learning officers, and the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership, which were endorsed by several leading associations serving the C-suite and other organizations in the online space. 

Hansen also presided over sweeping changes to the volunteer leadership structure of UPCEA, consolidating a wide variety of bodies into Networks aligned with specific areas of practice in the field of professional, continuing and online education. Since 2011, UPCEA has grown by 125%.  UPCEA, the only organization in the field located in Washington, D.C., has also established itself as an important advocate for policy issues related to non-traditional and online learners. 

Hansen previously served as Associate Provost for University Outreach at the University of Southern Maine, a regional public university located in Portland, Maine.  Prior to that position, he spent six years at Saint Xavier University of Chicago, first as Assistant to the President & Secretary of the Corporation, and then as founding Executive Director of Orland Park Campus & Off-Campus Programs.  Hansen also previously served as Assistant to the Governor for Education in the administration of former Illinois governor, Jim Edgar.

Hansen earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Alice WarrenAlice Warren, President, UPCEA and Vice Provost for Continuing Education, McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, North Carolina State University

Alice Warren has been a McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education employee for 37 years.  She has served as the Vice Provost for the last 8 years, working her way up through the administrative ranks of the division since 1990.  The division is comprised of 8 units, approximately 225 employees, and a budget of $50M. She started with the division as a Continuing Education Specialist, providing program development and management for over 50 short courses and conferences in the Office of Professional Development.  Alice was recently appointed as Interim Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement and reports to the Sr. Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship and the Provost.

These days her time is spent working with the division leaders in identifying and creating educational solutions for constituents who call upon MCE&CE and NC State for professional development and continuing education.  She works closely with campus colleagues in building partnerships and collaborative engagements with community entities and other educational institutions.  She serves on numerous campus advisory committees and councils. 

Alice has served UPCEA extensively at the regional and national level and UPCEA welcomed Alice as the association’s 2015-16 President Elect during the 100th UPCEA Annual Conference. As President-Elect, Warren’s priorities were focused on the association’s membership: expanding it to include all types of educational institutions, agencies, and entities; and continuing to engage and retain UPCEA’s current members through robust regions and networks, dynamic conferences and webinars. Now as the 2016-2017 President, Alice chairs the Board of Directors and focuses on the current state and long-term sustainability of the association.  She also travels the country and is UPCEA’s chief ambassador. She has served in multiple leadership roles for UPCEA South, the former Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice (COP) and the Networks of Outreach, Engagement and Economic Development and Leadership and Strategy. She has worked on various national committees, including service as Chair of the 2014 Annual Conference Advisory Committee and Chair of the 2013 Awards and Recognitions for Excellence Committee.  Alice was presented the 2014 Walton S. Bittner Service Citation for Outstanding Service to UPCEA at the Annual Conference in Miami.

She is a native of Dunn, NC with degrees from William Peace University, Campbell University and NC State University.  She is married to Kim Warren and has a 22 year old daughter, Marisa, who graduated from Campbell University this past May.  When not at work, Alice can be found attending athletic events at NC State University.  She enjoys time with family and friends at White Lake, NC, as well as reading, dancing, water skiing, snow skiing and NASCAR. 

Universities as Drivers of Economic Development, Innovation and Quality of Life

Rob ManuelUniversities are often viewed as the impetus for personal improvement—a new career, a higher paying job, personal growth. But when we look beyond the individual, we can see that universities are often the bedrock for society’s advancement. Universities fuel economic growth through a more educated and highly trained workforce and push innovation through cutting-edge research, all of which in turn improve quality of life for many, if not all.

  • Dr. Robert Manuel, University of Indianapolis President

Robert Manuel came to the University of Indianapolis in July 2012 from Georgetown University, where he was associate provost and dean of the School of Continuing Studies. As a higher education administrator, first at New York University and then at Georgetown, he has been recognized for his development and implementation of innovative academic programming–including graduate, undergraduate, online, and customized educational programs.

Immediately after joining UIndy, Manuel spearheaded a comprehensive strategic planning process, Vision 2030. This highly inclusive process culled opinions from 1,600 individual sources and resulted in development of a clear direction forward for the University. Some 32 initiatives were identified to drive the University toward excellence and distinction in three focal areas: (1) the student experience and engagement, (2) faculty/staff excellence, and (3) community involvement and engagement. 

In his six years at Georgetown, Manuel revamped the university's only part-time bachelor's degree program, launched nine new master’s degree programs and increased enrollments in all programs by more than 200 percent. His emphasis on connecting the academic environment with corporate, non-profit and government organizations was the driving force behind the school’s growth and success.

As dean of Continuing Studies, Manuel was responsible for the overall management of the school, including all academic programs, the creation and maintenance of faculty and student cultures, administrative and financial oversight, new program creation, and industry/government engagement. The school, one of eight degree-granting entities at Georgetown, enrolls more than 6,000 students across three locations—two in Washington, D.C., and one in Clarendon, VA.

As Georgetown’s associate provost, Manuel was responsible for working with the leadership of the Center for Social Justice, Research and Teaching, the Diversity Action Council, the Veteran’s Affairs initiative, and the Senior Vice President for Research/Chief Technical Officer.

At New York University from 2000 to 2006, prior to Georgetown, Manuel served in the office of the Vice President for Enrollment Services, and also held the positions of Chief Information Officer, Assistant Dean and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

UIndy’s new president recently completed a term on the editorial advisory board for the Continuing Higher Education Review, and was just appointed to a two-year term on the national advisory board of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.
Manuel has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from New York University.

Degree Completion and Goal 2025

dewayneThe Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the number of Americans with higher education credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Matthews will share his insights into this ambitious goal and how we can continue to improve degree completion rates nationwide.

  • Dewayne Matthews, Vice President of Strategy Development of Lumina Foundation

Dr. Dewayne Matthews is vice president of strategy development of Lumina Foundation. Matthews has served in a variety of higher education leadership roles, including Senior Adviser to the President and Vice President of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Director of Programs and Services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. He has been a legislative staff member, faculty member and university trustee, and has worked with higher education institutions in Mexico, Canada, and Japan. He began his career as a first-grade teacher in Taos, N.M.

Dr. Matthews is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and earned a master's degree in bilingual education at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at Arizona State University and received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Marycrest International University.

What Senior Leaders Need to Know About Instructional Design

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating an online course development team? Or wondered what an instructional designer does? In this interactive session, panelists from three distinct institutional structures will discuss what administrators need to know about the role of an instructional designer, evolving personnel and team models, and nuances and trends in online education.

  • http://upceanet.membershipsoftware.org/content_images/Camille%20Funk.jpgCamille Funk, Director, eDesign Shop, George Washington University & Director, eDesign Collaborative (UPCEA)

Camille Funk is the director of the eDesign Shop at the George Washington University. Prior to joining GW in 2012, she worked at TD Ameritrade and Brigham Young University's Independent Study program as an instructional designer, at a private school as an elementary school teacher, and has published two books. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in International Education Development, with a minor in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College. In 2015, she started the Higher Education eDesign Association (HEeD) for instructional design and multimedia teams in higher education institutions throughout the country. In May 2016, HEeD merged with UPCEA to form UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative. She now serves as the director of the collaborative.

Emerging Technologies for Professional, Continuing, and Online EducationRay Schroeder

Important new trends are emerging in online learning that will soon impact our continuing and professional education programs.  Augmented reality; virtual reality; artificial intelligence and blockchain distribution architecture will alter the way in which we conceive, deliver and distribute credentialing for our online programs in the near future.  This session will provide you with the background and resources to stay abreast of the development of these key technologies.

Optional: To keep abreast of Ray’s ever-evolving research and presentations, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/emergingonlinetech/ 

  • Ray Schroeder, University of Illinois-Springfield and UPCEA

Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield and Director of the UPCEA Center for Online Leadership.  Ray publishes five daily blogs on various aspects of news, research, and trends in technology-enhanced learning in higher education including the UPCEA daily blog.  He is recipient of the A. Frank Mayadas Online Leadership Award. Ray also received the 2011 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award.  He is an inaugural Sloan Consortium Fellow; the 2012 Innovation Fellow for Digital Learning by the UPCEA; 2014 Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education Past President's Award for Service; and most recently, the 2016 United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame Award, and the University of Wisconsin Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Excellence in Distance Education Award 2016. 

Jobs of the Future and the Emergence of Alternative Credentials
Jim Fong

A review of labor and other secondary data, including trend reports, employer surveys and futurist blogs, reveals major changes to job classifications and the identification of emerging professions. These changes span many industries ranging from healthcare to information technology to agriculture--among others.  Some of these evolving professions may not require a traditional degree, while others may benefit from degree holders enhancing their education through an alternative credential. And while the degree remains the standard of higher education, colleges and universities need to make informed decisions regarding the role of alternative credentials in workforce education. This presentation and dialogue will identify these jobs of the future and the intersection of credentials needed for success.

  • Jim Fong, Director, Center for Research and Marketing Strategy, UPCEA

Jim Fong has more than twenty years of experience working as a marketer and researcher in the higher education community. Prior to founding UPCEA’s Center for Research and Marketing Strategy, Jim worked as a higher education strategic marketing consultant and researcher for two firms and prior to that was the Director of Marketing, Research and Planning for Penn State Outreach. As a consultant, Jim worked with over a hundred different colleges and universities. While at Penn State, he was responsible for managing teams of marketing planners, competitive analysts, market researchers and enrollment management staff. Jim continues to teach graduate and undergraduate marketing and research classes for Drexel University, Penn State University, Duquesne University and Framingham State University. Jim holds an M.B.A., an M.S. in Applied Statistics and a B.S. in Mathematics, all from The University of Vermont.



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