The University of New England Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education (formerly the Interprofessional Education Collaborative) was formally established in 2010. It solidifies UNE’s historic commitment to interprofessional academic and community-based programming that prepares the next generation of health care leaders — in collaboration with other professions — for team-based practice. Students representing the full range of health professions programs work with one another, including students studying arts and sciences, through interactive collaborative activities that include:

  • Team-based case conferences
  • Interprofessional simulations
  • Interprofessional service learning
  • Virtual Learning Opportunities
  • Co-conducted research and scholarship
  • Global immersion experiences
  • Arts and health projects
  • Interprofessional classroom activities 

Through this work, students from UNE's various health professions programs come to better understand the roles of other members of the health care team and develop skills to work more effectively to improve quality, safe, responsive, and patient-centered care. 

Faculty and staff are instrumental in facilitating and modeling interprofessional and collaborative learning. They generously serve as student mentors, course designers, and faculty trainers, sustaining UNE’s interprofessional learning culture.

Our IPE Values

The Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education at UNE values shared learning environments that prepare students to be competent and collaborative health professionals.

  • Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice
  • Safety and Quality
  • Social Justice and Heath as a Human Right
  • Patient/Person Centeredness
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Student Empowerment

Learn about our values

CECE Student Poster Session, Spring 2020


The Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education will be a nationally recognized leader in campus-to-community interprofessional, interdisciplinary, and collaborative education, practice, scholarship, and research.


To transform education in health care and other fields by preparing future and practicing professionals with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to participate as members and leaders of dynamic collaborative clinical and community teams.

To learn more about UNE’s CECE, please call us at (207) 221-4114, or contact us via email at

Shelley Cohen Konrad, Ph.D., LCSW, FNAP, director | Kris Hall, M.F.A., program manager | Michelle Cote, B.A., staff assistant

Why Interprofessional Education Matters


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