Syracuse, NY – University College of Syracuse University won two Mid-Atlantic Region UPCEA Awards for 2017. University and Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education.

Up Online won the Faculty and Staff Development Award for innovative programming to the continuing education field. The University Partners for Online Education Strategies (UP Online) program was created to bring together online leaders in higher education within the Central and Western New York area to share ideas, address common problems, collaborate, build a regional network, and participate in professional development. “The UP Online program is an exceptional demonstration of University College’s creative innovation and impactful research relating to distance education, says Dean Mike Frasciello. “UPCEA’s recognition of our work in this space is a testament to our leadership and expertise in online teaching and learning scholarship and practices.”

Elizabeth Wimer was awarded UPCEA’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Wimer teaches online courses in Creative Leadership for UC’s Bachelor of Professional Studies Program. She also teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises for SU’s Whitman School of Management. “Elizabeth teaches two of our courses in Creative Leadership,” says Eileen Julian, director of Syracuse University Center for Online and Digital Learning. “Since these are dynamic areas, Elizabeth remains not only current in her area of teaching and research, but is out in front with new ideas. Her enthusiasm and entrepreneurship drive are evident to her students.”

The awards were presented at the UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in New Brunswick, NJ on October 5, 2017.

Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. For 100 years, the association has served its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications.

University College is an inclusive student-centric college, providing access to Syracuse University academic programs and support services to diverse part-time student populations.