Oregon State staff in national leadership roles to shape online education

The field of online education is constantly shifting. You can stand on the sidelines and try to adapt to the forces of change. Or you can proactively shape the future by getting involved on a national scale.

Oregon State University is doing exactly that.

Three OSU distance and continuing education directors now hold leadership roles in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). The Washington D.C.-based association serves nearly 400 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America.

Lisa L. Templeton, Executive Director of OSU Extended Campus, is on the UPCEA Board of Directors and is Chair Elect for the Network Senate.

“It’s important to network with peers who serve in similar positions at universities across the country,” Templeton said. “We share common challenges, best practices, benchmarking and research findings.”

Jessica DuPont is the Director of Marketing for OSU Extended Campus (Ecampus). She serves as UPCEA’s Associate Chair of Research, Information & Emerging Trends for the Marketing, Enrollment Management and Student Services network, one of UPCEA’s six networks.

“Market research conducted with 400 partnering institutions ultimately helps to shape our own strategic planning,” DuPont said. “In this leadership role, we are also boosting Oregon State’s brand on a national level.”

Chris LaBelle, Director of OSU Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), is Chair Elect of the Program Management and Innovation network.

“It’s almost impossible to keep up with the tempo of changes in this field,” he said. “It’s crucial to be part of an organization like UPCEA if you want to have an impact and shape policies that set your university up for success.”

Extended Campus, which includes Ecampus online degrees and OSU Summer Session, and PACE are part of the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, which connects Oregon State to the rest of the world by making its educational programs accessible wherever and whenever people need to learn.

- Dan Miles

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