Designed for Institutional Representatives, the Deans Forum brings together thought leaders in the professional, continuing, and online higher education community for intensive, focused conversation on timely issues relating to our field. By fostering dialogue among senior leaders in the association, the Deans Forum provides unique networking opportunities and unparalleled professional development on topics of critical importance.

Program Overview


See full list of speakers and sessions.

Continuing Education: The Pivot Point of Higher Education's Future

Louis Soares, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Moderator: Robert J. Hansen, Ph.D., CEO, University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

Is an Assessment-Based Degree a Viable Option for the Future?
John Ebersole, LP.D., President, Excelsior College

Moderator: Karen Sibley, Ph.D., Dean of Continuing Education, Brown University

The Catalyst Effect: Professional Education as a Driver of University-wide Innovation
Peter Stokes, Executive Director, Postsecondary Innovation, Northeastern University

Sean Gallagher, Director of Business Development and Analysis, Northeastern University

Moderator: Bea Gonzalez, Dean, University College, Syracuse University

The Emerging Open Online Learning Environment
Ray Schroeder, University of Illinois,

Springfield; Marie Cini, Ph.D.,University of Maryland, University College.

Moderator: Thomas Gibbons, Northwestern University, President, UPCEA

New Models for Flexible Degrees and Assessment
David Schejbal, Ph.D., Dean, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Moderator: Roxanne Gonzales, Ph.D., Academic Dean, Regis University

Internationalizing Continuing Education: Lessons from the Field
Bradley D. Farnsworth, Director, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education (ACE)

Moderator: Joe Shapiro, Ph.D., Dean of Extended Studies, San Diego State University


The conference is from November 5,
12 noon – November 6, 12 noon

UPCEA Members

Early Bird
(by 9/30, 2012): $345

Regular: $395

Non-UPCEA Members

Early Bird
(by 9/30/12): $445

Regular: $495

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