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BPCC receives award for online education innovation


After a nationwide search, Bossier Parish Community College’s Open Campus™ program was voted to receive the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award.

Fifteen individuals and seven programs received the Association’s highest honors, and of the 22 honorees, BPCC was the only community college in the nation to receive an award.

“We are extremely honored to be the recipient of the UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “This award exemplifies the dedication that BPCC has to student success and development. Our Open Campus™ team continues to find innovative and creative ways to implement world-class programs for the many students we serve.”

This national award recognizes that BPCC has, at an institutional level, set and met innovative goals focused on online education and been strategic in the planning, development, implementation and sustainability in line with the institutional mission.

Open Campus™ is a cross-disciplinary developmental series of free, online non-credit courses.  Since its inception in 2012, the lecture videos have been accessed in all 50 states and 190 countries/territories.  BPCC was the first community college in the nation to provide these courses to anyone at any time for no cost, and statistics show that these virtual students from across the U.S. and globe are paying attention and showing engagement.  “We have logged more than 2 million minutes of instruction,” said Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives.

UPCEA, the leader in professional, continuing, and online education, recognizes both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership.  Since 1953, UPCEA has recognized its members’ outstanding contributions to the Association and the field, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development and services, research and publications, and many other areas.

The award was presented at the recent UPCEA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.