The University of Missouri's Statewide Cooperative in Educational Leadership doctorate degree program (EdD) was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Program (Credit) Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), at the groups' annual conference in Washington, D.C. The award honors the MU College of Education Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) EdD program for excellence in originality and its contribution to the field of continuing education, allowing students to earn academic credit.
"The UPCEA Outstanding Program Award is not automatically given out each year," says Kim Siegenthaler, director of Mizzou Online. "So we're ecstatic that the group chose to recognize Mizzou's ELPA doctoral program for its collaborative approach to graduate study in an effort to produce highly prepared school leaders for all of Missouri."
The ELPA hybrid online degree program began in 1997 to help practicing educational leaders and school district personnel throughout the state gain knowledge and expertise in leadership theory and practice, organizational analysis, educational policy and content and context of learning.
"The program was designed for leaders who work full time so they may continue their career, while acquiring new skills which can be applied immediately, ultimately moving into top leadership positions," said Dr. Jennifer Fellabaum, associate director of the Statewide Cooperative EdD program. "Graduates from our program lead change in organizations, leadership, practice and policy, all over the state of Missouri, nationally and even internationally."
After 16 years, the ELPA online hybrid is still a highly regarded program, with more than 200 students currently enrolled. See more highlights about MU's ELPA State Cooperative EdD efforts at http://youtu.be/_NRoLsBHPVw.
Also honored at the annual UPCEA conference for her achievements, Stacy Snow, Mizzou Online director of marketing and recruitment, received the Dorothy Durkin Award for Strategic Innovation in Marketing and Enrollment Management.
"This is an award of the highest distinction and honor in our profession, which in particular, recognizes an individual for marked achievements that further the success of a continuing and distance education institution," said Siegenthaler. "Stacy's marketing and enrollment strategy development and implementation efforts have made just such a difference to Mizzou Online."
UPCEA is the leading national organization for professional, continuing and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA serves more than 365 institutions across the country, including the University of Missouri. Since 1953, UPCEA has recognized its members' outstanding contributions to the association and the field of continuing education, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development and services, research and publications, and many more areas.
The UPCEA Association Awards program includes recognition of both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership. Award recipients were honored at the UPCEA 100th Annual Conference, on March 31.