Throughout its history the Council has relied heavily on interests, resources, and capabilities of its member institutions for designing and conducting programs. In addition to responding to work proposed by member institutions, UCEA periodically requests proposals for serving a lead or host institution role for programs of special interest. Host institutions are then selected by the UCEA Executive Committee to direct areas of work for specified terms, usually running for three years.
UCEA’s lead/host institution approach to program development and implementation provides access to the wide range of resources and expertise within the organization’s membership and an international communication network for disseminating findings. Though project activities vary according to purposes, most UCEA lead/host institutions assume responsibilities for work involving: (1) collection and synthesis of data about an area; (2) creation of exemplar models: (3) production of occasional papers, UCEA monographs, and/or UCEA resource notebooks; and (4) distribution of findings and new models through reports to professional meetings, special sessions in the UCEA Career Development format, and/or a series of regional workshops and conferences.
Individuals from member universities have many opportunities for involvement in planning, leading, and carrying out UCEA activities. This involvement may come about in any of the following ways:
Graduate students at member institutions are encouraged to attend UCEA seminars, institutes, and conferences. All full time students receive the UCEA Review. Selected students are also invited to participate in UCEA research and development projects through the following unique opportunities.
Many of the benefits of membership are described in the section above entitled Opportunities for Participation. In addition, the basic benefits of membership are listed below.