Education and TrainingUniversity of Phoenix Recognized by UPCEA for Excellence in Online Learning

AdminMay 22, 20211066 min

University of Phoenix, a leader in online learning, was recently recognized by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) for “consistent excellence throughout its online enterprise”. UPCEA announced on May 6, 2021, that the University had successfully completed its Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Review program, thus earning the recognition.

The UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Review program evaluates seven key aspects of online education enterprises using a rigorous review process. Very few universities have successfully completed the review program. Previous recipients include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

“Over the past four years of new ownership and academic leadership, University of Phoenix has emphasized curricular quality and faculty development that has resulted in remarkable improvements,” said Ray Schroeder, senior fellow for UPCEA and professor emeritus and associate vice chancellor for online learning, University of Illinois-Springfield. “Implementing the best practices that are represented in the Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership, the University is focused on initiatives that serve students well; challenges faculty to engage in excellence in both their teaching and scholarship; and engages the larger academic community through research, publications and presentations.”

University of Phoenix is no stranger to online learning. The University began providing online learning more than 30 years ago, long before it became popular. Said University of Phoenix President Peter Cohen about the UPCEA recognition, “Participating in a comprehensive review of the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership afforded the University an opportunity to validate what we are already doing and to leverage valuable feedback relative to the seven Hallmarks. Looking under the hood of our distance education enterprise for opportunities to improve student outcomes and the student experience for all students was particularly important to us during the pandemic year. We appreciate UPCEA for their support and recognition, and we’re grateful to the UPCEA Review Team for their collegiality, wisdom, validation and feedback.”


Founded in 1915, the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing and online education in North America. The Washington DC-based organization provides its members innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information and professional networking opportunities. UPCEA introduced its Hallmarks of Excellence Program in 1953.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is a pioneer in online learning and has offered virtual classes for more than 30 years. The University is noted for working with students to offer flexible schedules and continuous student support. Students can choose from online degree programs in 25 fields of study including business, criminal justice, nursing and behavioral science.

Founded in 1976, University of Phoenix offers a variety of business undergraduate and graduate degree programs across many fields of study. The school has campuses in 11 states for in-person learning and is available online to students worldwide. The University has a current enrollment of more than 70,000 students and more than one million students have earned degrees and certificates. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( The University has an open enrollment policy, meaning it accepts all students who have earned a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.


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