Minneapolis—May 9, 2011— Walden University, an online university providing higher education for working adults, was recently honored by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Walden’s Social Change Conference 2010 won a gold education marketing award that was presented at the UPCEA 96th annual conference held in April in Toronto.

The UPCEA marketing awards recognize the best marketing and promotional ideas, strategies and executions in the field of continuing education. The panel of seven judges, who each has experience in education or marketing, selected the Internet-based Social Change Conference for the gold award in the streaming/on-demand content category. The judges commented that the Social Change Conference was “very interactive and high quality.”

Moderated by Walden President Jonathan Kaplan, the university’s sixth annual Social Change Conference, “Volunteerism: Encouraging Individuals to Effect Societal Change,” included a group of prominent changemakers who offered suggestions about how to promote volunteerism and exemplify a commitment to social change. The online conference was designed to encourage people to think about volunteerism in ways they hadn’t considered before and to inspire participants to motivate themselves and others to take action while supporting Walden’s mission of effecting positive social change.

Last year, Walden was the first exclusively online institution to win “Best in Show” for its “Transformations” TV commercial. Since 1953, UPCEA has awarded its members’ achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotions, community development and services, research and publications and many other areas.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 online and campus-based universities in 27 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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