UPCEA Mid-Atlantic 2014 Regional Conference

Leading the Charge

The theme of the 2014 UPCEA Mid-Atlantic conference is “Leading the Charge”, reflecting the role that contemporary continuing, professional, and online education units play in their institutions and in higher education.  Such units have been charged with developing new programs, in new modalities, for new audiences, and that cultivate new revenue streams.  Increasingly, continuing, professional, and online education units have also been charged with driving change and innovation in traditional academic units, rather than simply working in parallel or in collaboration with such units as in the past.  The net effect is that continuing, professional, and online education units are leading their institutions’ charge forward into the future of higher education.  The 2014 Mid-Atlantic regional conference is designed to provide practical models for success as continuing, professional, and online education units take on the charge.  Presentations for individuals in leadership, operations, and student services roles are aligned with UPCEA’s networks.  The conference theme also reflects the role that UPCEA has played over the last 100 years, leading the charge for quality, innovation, leadership, professional development, research, and benchmarking in continuing, professional, and online education.

The conference will also launch the third cohort of the Mid-Atlantic region’s Emerging Leaders Program. This year-long program begins with a pre-conference workshop at the 2015 conference, continues with a year-long collaborative cohort project, and culminates with presentation at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic conference.  These activities provide participants with the opportunity to collaboratively explore the theory and practice of continuing education leadership with peers from across the Mid-Atlantic region.  The program is designed to prepare the next generation of the region’s leaders to “lead the charge”.

This year’s theme also reflects the many ways in which Delaware and the 2014 host institution, the University of Delaware, have led the charge to exploration and innovation.  The image of Caesar Rodney on Delaware’s quarter memorializes his overnight ride from Dover, DE to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote for the Declaration of Independence in the Continental Congress in July of 1776.  Three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution are UDel graduates, leading the charge to formation of a new country.  UDel was the first U.S. university to establish a study abroad program, leading the charge to provide students with a culturally rich and diverse educational experience.  As a land, sea, and space grant institution, UDel leads the charge to explore and understand all aspects of our natural world.  UDel’s new Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus is designed to be a center of innovation that focuses on science, technology, engineering and clinical practice in areas ranging from biomedicine and biotechnology to alternative energy and environmental sustainability.

Proposals due by June 15 - Call for Presentation Proposals

Presentation proposals are sought that provide models for success in “leading the charge”, at the level of institutions, organizations, programs, and individuals.  Two types of presentation proposals are sought: concurrent presentations and new program showcase presentations.

Concurrent Presentations
Of particular interest to the planning committee are proposals that address the following topics:

  • Accelerated programming models, including those that address faculty support, student readiness and support, curriculum and course change transformation, and credit hours and instructional equivalencies in accelerated formats.
  • Developing alternative revenue streams, including examples of alternative revenue streams and the process of identifying, developing, and sustaining new types of revenue streams.
  • Best practices in new program development, with an emphasis on process and outcomes.
  • Career services and mentoring for continuing ed, online students, and off-campus students.
  • Strategic positioning and leveraging the growth of online programs.
  • Non-credit professional and customized programs, in either online or face-to-face formats.
  • Practical strategies for the implementation of competency based programs, including aspects such as financial aid, serving as an experimental site, overcoming internal administrative and cultural obstacles.
  • Making the MOOC model work for your institution’s mission and goals.
  • Assessment and evaluation of continuing education courses, programs, and units.

Presentations selected for a concurrent session will be allotted a 60 minute time slot; presenters should plan to develop their session in ways designed to actively engage the audience and should allow 10 minutes to answer questions from the audience.  Presentations for individuals in leadership, operations, and student services roles should be aligned with at least one of UPCEA’s networks:  international; leadership and strategy; marketing, enrollment, and student services; online management and design; outreach, engagement and economic development; program management and innovation.

Each presentation room will be equipped with a projector, wireless internet, a table at the front/side of the room for presentation materials, and chairs for the audience will be arranged theater style.  Presenters are expected to bring their own presentation laptop (or other suitable device); presenters who plan to bring an Apple product as their presentation computer should also bring their own adapter.  Presenters are expected to bring any additional materials that they may need to achieve the learning objectives of their presentation.  Presentation handouts are not required; presenters who wish to provide handouts should plan to bring 50 copies as copy facilities will not be available at the Conference Center.  Presenters will have the opportunity to contribute their presentation slides for posting on the conference website; you will receive information about this opportunity as we get closer to the conference.

New Program Showcase
Proposals are also sought for the New Program Showcase, which provides individuals with the opportunity to highlight programs they have developed and launched in the last 1-2 years.  Your colleagues have expressed an interest in learning about a wide variety of new credit and non-credit academic programs, as well as new support programs.   The showcase is conducted in a format analogous to an electronic poster session, and provides for one-on-one personalized discussions and networking with others.  Conference attendees will want to talk to you about your program's content, format, audience, successes, and challenges.  Participating in the New Program Showcase can provide you with useful feedback and ideas for enhancing your program, an opportunity for more individuals and institutions to participate in the conference content, and perhaps the activity needed to internally justify and approve your attendance at the conference.  

Presenters will be provided with a table-top on which to display, for example, program information, promotional materials, and/or a rotating electronic slide show.  Electricity for laptop/tablet computers will also be provided.  Easels/bulletin boards for hard copy poster boards will not be provided).  Presenters who choose to use a laptop (or other suitable device) are expected to provide their own; presenters who plan to bring an Apple product as their presentation computer should also bring their own adapter.  Presenters are expected to bring any additional materials that they may need to provide an overview of their program and to achieve the learning objectives of their showcase.  Presenters who wish to provide handouts should plan to bring 50 copies as copy facilities will not be available at the Conference Center.  Presenters will have the opportunity to contribute presentation slides for posting on the conference website; you will receive information about this opportunity as we get closer to the conference.

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