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What’s happening in the Adult Learner World - Checking in from UPCEA Central

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Greetings from St. Louis where the first of four regional UPCEA conferences is taking place! We’re happy to be participating in this event and loving the chance to learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing Professional Studies, Continuing Ed. and online programs.

Today is the first full day of the conference and it’s already been a busy one! I thought I’d take a few minutes during the break to share some of the highlights so far.

This morning uConnect met with leaders in the Central region to share the results from our recent Career and the Adult Learner survey. During this session, there was interesting conversation focused around how growth of their Continuing Ed/Professional Studies is critical to the overall success of their institutions and how the #1 reason students are enrolling in their programs is because of career.




These leaders recognize that developing a strategy to engage these students and help deliver on the promise of career can impact enrollment, persistence and overall student experience. And student experience is important as more and more folks are looking at these types of programs to re-skill and support career change to stay current as the workforce demands evolve.

During the session we also shared how the UCLA Extension School adopted uConnect to scale career services to support 40K online and continuing education students. They were able to implement in less than six weeks with limited staff and without a heavy lift on their part. Their success was recently acknowledged, as they are the recipients of two UPCEA Marketing awards –A Gold Medal for Most Improved for their submission ‘Scaling Career Services Marketing’, and a Silver Medal in the Web Category for their UCLA Extension Career Services Marketing Website.

You can learn more about the UCLA Extension School story here.

Well – break is over, heading to the next session!

We will be at all of the UPCEA regional events, so if you have plans to attend the Super, West or New England conference, let us know. We’d love to set up some time to hear how career is informing the strategic initiatives for your Online, Continuing Ed. and Professional Studies programs.
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