Julie Uranis

A photo of Julie Uranis.

Part-Time Lecturer

Leadership and Counseling

304 John W. Porter Building

734.487.0255

[email protected]

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership, Eastern Michigan University
  • Master of Science, Technology Studies, Eastern Michigan University
  • Graduate Certificate, Community College Leadership, Eastern Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Biography

Dr. Uranis began her work in higher education in 2003 after over a decade in the newspaper industry. She is employed full time as the Vice President for Online and Strategic Initiatives at the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) located in Washington, D.C. In this capacity she is also the Managing Director of the National Council for Online Education and leads the planning efforts for both the Summit for Online Leadership and the Online Leadership Roundtable, two premier events focused on online learning. Prior to joining UPCEA she lead the distance learning and continuing and professional development teams at Western Kentucky University as the Director of Distance Learning and Innovation. She began her career at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) where she held both teaching and administrative positions.

Dr. Uranis has been active with various organizations throughout her professional career including UPCEA, serving on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and in other several volunteer leadership roles; the Association of Continuing Higher Education, serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Continuing Education; the Kentucky Distance Learning Steering Committee, having served as meeting convener and WKU's representative; the Blackboard Executive CBE Advisory Council; and other regional community groups and higher education associations.
Uranis blogs, publishes, and consults on the following topics:
  • Online administration (operations, student services, program planning, development & support, student and faculty support, national rankings, centralized vs. decentralized operations, accessibility, and compliance)
  • Professional and Continuing Education (operations, organizational structures, collaboration with centralized university offices, non-credit information systems and their implementation, program planning, development & support, and budget models)
  • Online teaching
  • Working with adult learners
  • Competency-based Education
  • Bachelor completion programs for career/technical students

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Uranis, J., Erskine, M., Cullum, A., & DeBate, R. (2019). Moving From the Legacy Student Hour Toward a Comprehensive Measure of Student Learning Examining Benefits of a Competency-Based Taxonomy of Learning (pp. 1–24). Indianapolis, IN: Lumina Foundation. Retrieved from Lumina Foundation.
  • Buban, J., Morrison, C., Pedersen, K., Heitzman, A., & Uranis. J., Supporting creativity and innovation through professional development and community building (2019). In K. Linder (Ed.) The business of innovating online: practical tips and advice from industry leaders. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing
  • Cook, V. & Uranis, J. Supporting Online Program Quality through Online Enterprise-Level Standards. In E. Smidt and R. Li (Eds.) Ensuring Quality and Integrity in Online Learning Programs. Hershey, PA: IGI Global
  • Uranis, J. & Bibbs, T., The Challenge of CBE Programs: Administrative and technical considerations pertaining to the delivery of non-semester based programs (2016). In K. Rasmussen, P. Northup, & R. Colson (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings. Hershey, PA: IGI Global
  • Proctor, S. & Uranis, J. Technology: The new core competency (2014). In L. Kelsey & E. M. Zamani-Gallaher (Eds.). Student development in community colleges: Contemporary strategies for bridging theory, research, and practice. Washington, DC: ACPA Publications.

Selected Presentations

  • Leu, S., Lemke, R., Soares, L., Uranis, J. (February 2020) "Crypto-Credentials: Education Blockchains and the New Currency of Opportunity" IMS Global Learning Consortium Digital Credentials Summit, Atlanta, GA.
  • Buban, J., Uranis, J., Davis, V., Dowden, L. (February 2020) "About That Next Opportunity: Is the Grass Always Greener? Advice from the Trenches" University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), New Orleans, LA.
  • Rodriguez, A., Jyotishi, S., Uranis, J., Swift, R. (February 2020) "Embedding Industry Certifications in Undergraduate Degree Programs" University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), New Orleans, LA.
  • Uranis, J. (February 2020) "Professional Competencies of PCO Leaders: UPCEA's Architecture for Online Professional Development" University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), New Orleans, LA.
  • Anderson, R. Bridges, B., Uranis, J. (January 2020) "Using Data to Improve Outcomes" Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Dannenberg, D., Thackaberry, S., Uranis, J. (November, 2019) "Stump the Higher Ed Expert" WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Joosten, T., Uranis, J. (November, 2019) "Truth and Fiction Surrounding Research in Online and Technology-Mediated Learning" WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Davis, V., Uranis, J. (November, 2019) "Unconventional and Unrepentant" WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Elzey, K., Rodriquez, A., Uranis, J. (September 2019) "Connecting Industry Certifications and Degrees" National Governors Association Education for Opportunity Cross-State Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
  • Uranis, J. & Brooks, E. (June 2019) "UPCEA and US News and World Report Focus Group Convening" National Center for Higher Education (1 Dupont Circle), Washington D.C.
  • Uranis, J. (April 2019) "Intentional staff professional development in professional, continuing and online (PCO) Enterprises" Distance Education Accrediting Commission, Miami, FL.
  • Uranis, J., Cancilla, D., Whitmer, J., McGurk, S., Chen, P., Poulin, R. (April, 2019) "OLC Leadership Network Event: A convening for senior digital learning leaders", Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate, Denver, CO.
  • Protopsaltis, S., Uranis, J. (January 2019) "Innovation and Consumer Protection" Inside Higher Education 2019 Leadership Series, Washington, D.C.
  • Dowden, L., Buban, J., Ciabocchi, E., Uranis, J (November 2018) "About That Next Opportunity: Is The Grass Always Greener? Advice From The Trenches" Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate, Orlando, FL.
  • Niemiec, M., Uranis, J. (November 2018) "OLC Leadership Network – General Session 1: Policies Matter" Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate, Orlando, FL.
  • Dowden, L., Bentley, K., Monroe, K., Uranis, J., (October 2018) "About that Next Opportunity: Is the Grass Always Greener? Advice from the Trenches" 2018 WCET Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
  • Cook, V., Schroeder, R., Ruckert, J., Uranis, J., (June 2018) "Quality Assurance and the Online Enterprise: Using UPCEA's Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership to Document Quality Online Operations" 2018 UPCEA Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), Washington, D.C.
  • Uranis, J., Niemiec, M., Kavlie, L., (June 2018) "Working Session: Harmonizing Online Definitions", 2018 UPCEA Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), Washington, D.C.
  • Brooks, E., Uranis, J., (June 2018) "U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings: Review and Discussion of an Evolving System", 2018 UPCEA Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), Washington, D.C.
  • Uranis, J., Sitzes, J., Bull, K., Ruhland, G., Heitzman, A., (March, 2018). "Balancing Work, Family, and a Terminal Degree: Completion Strategies for Professional Development Professionals (Or, UPCEA Members as Nontraditional Degree Seekers)", 2018 UPCEA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Adair, D., Uranis, J. (January 2018), "Accreditation and Online Education: Aligning Three Tiers of Quality Assurance to the C-RAC Interregional Guidelines", EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Uranis, J. (October, 2017), "Life-hacking Apps to Improve Your Professional Life", 2018 UPCEA South Regional Conference, Richmond, VA.
  • Uranis, J. (October, 2017), "Life-hacking Apps to Improve Your Professional Life", 2018 UPCEA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Bull, K., Campbell, J., Harkness, K., Newell, K., Sitzes, J., Uranis, J., (March, 2017) "Balancing Work, Family, and a Terminal Degree: Completion Strategies for Professional Development Professionals (Or, UPCEA Members as Nontraditional Degree Seekers)" 2017 UPCEA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Gaymer, D., Uranis, J., Novak, R., (March 2017) "History and Context of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education, Part II: Context for Leadership" 2017 UPCEA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Flanigan, P. & Uranis, J. (March 2017) "Tell Your Story: Creating Data-Driven Narratives" 2017 UPCEA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Flanigan, P. & Uranis, J. (November, 2016) "Tell Your Story: Creating Data-Driven Narratives" UPCEA Management and Enrollment Seminar, West Palm Beach, FL.Heitzman, A., Sitze, J., Uranis, J., (October, 2016) "Balancing Work, Family, and a Terminal Degree: Completion Strategies for Professional Development Professionals" UPCEA South Regional Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Flanigan, P. & Uranis, J. (October, 2016) "Tell Your Story: Creating Data-Driven Narratives" UPCEA South Regional Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Raible, J. & Uranis, J., (October, 2016)"Managing Online Accessibility: A Tale of Two Institutions" WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Dutot, J., Held, B., Raible, J., Uranis, J., (September 2016) "Accessibility Rountable" National University Technology Network, Clearwater, FL.
  • Uranis, J. & Bibbs, T., (April, 2016) "Competency-Based Education Workshop 2: Leveraging Resources" UPCEA Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Uranis, J. & Honaker, A., (April, 2016) "Managing Online Accessibility: Systems, Processes and KPIs for Online Administration" UPCEA Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Uranis, J. (April, 2016) "Career-technical Students in Baccalaureate Programs: Predictors of the Intent to Persist and Satisfaction with Educational Pathways" UPCEA Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Cullum, A., Erskine, M., Uranis, J., (February, 2016) "Breakthrough Models Academy 2015: Models on the Horizon" Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.
  • Higgins, T., Johnson, S., Mills, G., Uranis, J. (March, 2015) "Panel: Leveraging Technology for 21st Century Workforce Development" Tech Day in Kentucky 2015 Bowling Green, KY.
  • Uranis, J. & Bibbs, T., (September, 2015) "Developing Competency-Based Programs" KACHE Annual Meeting. Park City, KY.
  • Raible, J. & Uranis, J., (November, 2014) "Managing Accessibility in Online Courses" WCET Connect Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
  • Samaras, R., & Uranis, J., (October, 2014) "State Authorization: The Good, the Bad, and the downright SCARY!" South Regional Conference, University Professional & Continuing Education Association, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Campbell, S., Uranis, J., Van Horn, B., & Wilson, C. (June, 2014) "Panel Discussion: Trends and Themes in Higher Education That Will Directly Affect Accelerated Programs and Adult Learning" 13th National Conference for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education, Council for Accelerated Programs. Denver, CO.

Additional Information

Professional Affiliations

  • University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
  • American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
  • Quality Matters (QM)
  • Online Learning Consortium (QM)
  • WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)