July 5, 2022

460: A PCO Plan - with Dr. Bob Hansen, CEO of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

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In this episode, YOUR guest is Dr. Bob Hansen, CEO of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), YOUR host is Dr. Joe Sallustio, & YOUR sponsor is Unmudl!

What does UPCEA do? What is a PCO plan? What does Bob see as the future of higher education? Listen in to #EdUp!  

Dr. Robert J. Hansen was named Chief Executive Officer of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association in September 2010. Under Hansen’s leadership, UPCEA has grown by 125% in the past six years. He established a number of initiatives targeting the association’s unique role in online leadership & management under the umbrella of the National Council for Online Leadership: the Summit for Online Leadership & Administration, the Online Leadership Roundtable for chief online learning officers, & the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership. He also established the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Professional & Continuing Education, advancing two frameworks to provide a set of standards that reflect the ambitions, potential, & importance of units that serve adult 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 as Assistant to the President & Secretary of the Corporation, & 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 & Literature from the University of Michigan, & a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame.

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