I am pleased to announce the 2017 UPCEA West Region Conference in Seattle, Washington. I hope you will join us this year as we explore best practices and emerging trends in professional, continuing and online education.
In the changing landscape of higher education, we must all be innovators. How do we innovate? By drawing on our creativity, knowledge, and networks to develop cutting-edge programs. By staying abreast of emerging trends and technology to enhance our skillsets and benefit our students. By building important relationships with colleagues to inquire, share and learn from one another.
This year’s West Region Conference provides an excellent opportunity to build these relationships and inspire the innovator in you! Learn about the latest marketing and branding techniques, innovation in program development, best practices in online design and accessibility, designing successful financial models, leading effective CE units, business development ideas, cutting-edge digital initiatives, and more. Our popular Emerging Leaders Session will return, where you can discuss opportunities, challenges and best practices with seasoned leaders in our field. And, of course, you will have ample time to connect with friends, old and new, at conference networking events.
We are thrilled to partner with the University of Washington as host university this year. As one of the oldest state-supported institutions on the Pacific coast, and an integral part of a large and diverse community, the University is committed to providing a variety of educational opportunities to non-traditional students.
Finally, what better place to explore innovation and emerging trends in continuing education than in Seattle, a city known for blazing trails in technology, music and grassroots movements? Seattle provides a unique backdrop intellectually, as well as aesthetically. Referred to as the “Emerald City” due to the lush evergreen forests nearby, Seattle offers visitors numerous urban delights as well as breathtaking scenery. You may choose to visit the famous Space Needle, take a walk through Pike Place Market, or simply enjoy a custom-brewed cup at one of the many fine coffee shops Seattle has to offer. For those drawn to the great outdoors, you can take advantage of numerous hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities just outside the city.
I look forward to an event full of insightful ideas and meaningful conversations. See you in Seattle!
UPCEA West Region Chair
University of Nevada, Reno