|A Message from the President
The late Robert Ruark, one of my favorite authors, once wrote that February was essentially a wasted month. Being neither winter, nor spring (paraphrasing here since I cannot find or remember the exact quote), one is reduced to reminiscing about the past or awaiting the future. Well, Bob, I have to say that I am anticipating a very busy spring. Not only has my own workload here at Eastern Kentucky University picked up significantly—the budget crunch that we are all experiencing has a way of causing that, I find—I am also now looking forward to a few visits across the country as I plan to attend each regional conference as well as meeting with other associations.
It is not news to any of us that increasing budget restrictions, now quite common in higher education, are having a direct impact on attendance at training events, conferences, and conventions—locally, regionally, and nationally. Indeed, some public institutions, perhaps even some states by now, will no longer authorize financial support for interstate travel by employees of their public, state-funded institutions.
As I think about these circumstances, it occurs to me that we as continuing educators are probably best equipped among our colleagues in higher education to proclaim the merits of participating in professional development activities. If anyone can justify the value of interacting with like-minded, similarly occupied professionals to gain knowledge, skills, or revitalized motivation, it should be us.
During recent ACHE international conferences, I made it a point to attend at least one presentation during each scheduled concurrent session. I was unfailingly impressed with the uniformly high quality of each presentation that I saw. I can confidently say that our membership displayed a very wide range of knowledge and expertise. It occurs to me that we should consider routinely providing a justification statement to those in positions to approve travel in order to support any proposed conference participation.
While it is relatively simple to quantify the costs of such activities, defining the benefits is often quite difficult. For example, assigning a fixed value to networking may well be impossible, yet participants invariably declare it the most important benefit of our conferences. While I will continue to cite networking as a key element in the value I gain from participation, I think it is doubly important to focus on measurable and quantifiable criteria.
Just two of the many things that we might consider in any justification statement include descriptions of program content answering specific questions about the relevance of planned activities, training, or instruction that has a direct application to the attendee's workplace tool kit. We have talked about "best practices" until the term is, frankly, clichéd beyond recovery. Nevertheless, we use the term for a simple reason—they work!
Another thing to consider is that some of the best information on how to do what we do more effectively and efficiently comes from our vendors. The best opportunity we have to look at new technology or to consider other directly applicable resources often comes to us from the vendors who so faithfully support the annual conference.
During the next three months, I will be attending ACHE Regional Conferences with Great Plains (Columbia, Missouri, February 23-24), MidAtlantic (Roanoke, Virginia, March 25-27), and South (Lexington, Kentucky, April 23-26). I will also be present at ACHE's Mid-Year Board and Conference Planning Committee meetings in Austin, TX, (April 15-17). I also intend to represent ACHE at UPCEA's Annual Conference (Portland, Oregon, March 28-30. You can see I wasn't kidding about the busy spring that's coming up! I hope to see all of you somewhere along my travels.
- 2012 membership renewal is now open for all categories of membership: Organizations, Institutions, Professional Members, Students, and Retirees.
- The deadline for submission of your program proposal for the 2012 conference is March 2, 2012. Our theme this year is "Collaboration and Partnership: Our Keys to the Future". Why not make 2012 the year that you share your experience (and your success) with the rest of us?
- Finally, I know you have this on your calendar already, but I will repeat: We look forward to seeing you in Austin, Texas, November 12-14, 2012, at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol.
All the best,
A Farewell and an Introduction
Each new year is a time for change and growth, reflection and looking forward. This new year, we at the ACHE home office are doing just that. Rebekah Law, our longtime colleague and go-to person, received an offer in December that she just couldn't pass up: to take a position as a web developer and designer. This type of work has been the focus of her Master's courses, and she found she just couldn't refuse. So, it is with both sadness and excitement that we bid a fond farewell to Rebekah the end of January.
Yet, we know that with every loss there is a gain. In that spirit, we welcome Tarra Walker to the ACHE home office staff. Tarra started with us on February 6 and has been working diligently this last week to learn everything there is to know about her new role as ACHE Membership & Marketing Coordinator. Tarra will be available to answer any questions you might have about membership and will take charge of our 2012 membership renewal, so if you haven't yet renewed your membership, you'll be hearing from her very soon! Tarra can be reached at email@example.com or at 405-325-8145. You can also find out more about her via her LinkedIn profile.
Membership Renewal Reminders!
You still have time to renew for the 2012 year, so if you haven't already done so, get clicking!
Deadlines are quickly approaching so mark your calendars:
- February 28: Last day for 1st Timer, Professional, Student, and Retiree members
- March 30: Last day for Institutional and Organizational members
Here are the links to member renewal forms:
If you have any questions about the renewal process and dues or need any additional information, please contact Tarra Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACHE Committee Profile ~ Committee on Inclusiveness
ACHE Committees are currently seeking new members, so if you've been looking for a way to get involved in the association, this is a great way to do so! Committee on Inclusiveness chair Jeffery Alejandro took some time recently to provide a profile of the purpose and goals for the group. Interested in working with this committee? Contact Jeffery at email@example.com.
Dear ACHE Colleague:
The ACHE Committee on Inclusiveness is seeking new members. If you are looking to become more involved with ACHE this is a great way to do so. Below is more information about the committee and how to join.
The Committee on Inclusiveness will work to create an organizational culture within ACHE that embraces all individuals and institutional types. Inclusiveness of individuals requires an organizational culture that supports and enhances professional development and leadership opportunities regardless of race, age, ethnicity, creed, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. Diverse institutional types include but are not limited to two-year and community colleges, technical colleges, colleges outside the United States, HBCUs, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions. The Committee will provide guidance to the Board in support of strategic planning. Internally the Committee will work with Membership, Program, Research and Publications and Communications Committees in addition to Regional officers.
Embed inclusiveness across ACHE’s organizational structure (committees, networks, Board representation, annual conference and meeting locations, and membership), and Develop a set of activities to accomplish the strategic plan objectives.
Activities: (required by charge to committee)
- Proactively encourage membership and leadership at the regional level.
- Identify and monitor indicators related to inclusiveness across the Association.
- Recommend target diversity goals for the Association.
- Conduct an annual assessment of activities related to inclusiveness in ACHE.
- Develop opportunities for mentorship.
- Review constitution and by-laws for potential impacts on recruitment and development of new members.
- Committee chair should be on Nominations and Program Committees.
- Consider research activities to inform the practice of other committees or networks within the Association.
- Diversity training for membership.
- Provide professional development funds to encourage participation of new members from underrepresented groups or institutions.
- Create linkages to diverse institutions and organizations, graduate students and faculty.
- Continue to provide opportunities for leadership to diverse populations.
- Consider sites outside of United States (e.g. Jamaica, Mexico) for Annual Conference and Meetings on a periodic basis.
- Enhancement of publications and information to enhance recruitment.
- Three phone meetings a year
- Face-to-face meeting at the Annual ACHE Conference and Meeting
If you are interested in joining, please contact me.
Chair, ACHE Committee on Inclusiveness
Phone (252) 328-9197
It’s that time of year and we’re calling you out!
The following 2012 Calls are now open:
2012 Annual Conference & Meeting ~ Austin, Texas, November 12-14
Our Call for Proposals is now open! Submissions are being accepted through March 2, 2012. This year’s form is all online and “easy as slidin’ offa greased log backwards!" Visit our conference website for more details. Questions? Contact Call for Proposals Co-Chair Eric Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Call for Awards now open ~ Deadline to submit: May 1
Each year, ACHE takes time during our Annual Conference & Meeting to recognize significant contributions made to the adult continuing higher education community by our members. The 2012 Call for Awards is now open, so if you have a person or a program in mind that you'd like to nominate, please do so by May 1. Click here for nomination and submission details. Categories for nomination are as follows:
- Special Recognition
- Meritorious Service
- Distinguished Program: Credit and Non-Credit
- Creative Use of Technology
- Older Adult Model Program
- Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations
- Crystal Marketing
Contact Award Committee Chair Mary Bonhomme at email@example.com or at (321) 674-8883 with any questions you may have!
Call for Nominations for ACHE Officer and Directors ~ Deadline March 15
The ACHE Nominations Committee is currently accepting nominations for:
- Directors-at-Large (3 openings) and
- Vice President
The Association will present its slate of candidates in the April Five Minutes with ACHE. In order to submit a nomination, please click here. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague. Once nominations are received, the chair of the Nominations Committee, Tish Szymurski, will contact nominees with requests for additional information.
Please direct any inquiries to the Nominations Committee Chair, Tish Szymurski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation as a Director-at-Large or as Vice President constitutes a significant opportunity to serve ACHE and continuing higher education. Nominees for Vice President must have served at least two years as a Director-at-Large. For a description of the roles and responsibilities of ACHE Officers, please consult the ACHE Guide for Officers and Board Members.
We hope that you will consider nominating yourself or a colleague this year!
Call for submissions to the Journal for Continuing Higher Education
The Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE) announces a Call for Manuscripts for its upcoming issues. For best consideration for the Spring 2012 issue, manuscripts should be received by March 17, 2012.
- Major articles - current research, theoretical models, conceptual treatments - of up to 7,000 words on:
- organization and administration of continuing higher education
- development and application of new continuing education program thrusts
- adult and nontraditional students
- continuing education student programs and services
- research within continuing higher education and related fields
Manuscripts should demonstrate implications for both the
theory and practice of continuing higher education.
- “Best Practices” articles of up to 4,000 words. These “Best Practice” articles contain descriptions of new, innovative, and successful programs or practices. The programs or practices should be replicable and of significance to continuing education.
JCHE strives to support continuing higher education by serving as a forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and the experience relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall. JCHE is published by Routledge.
Manuscript submission guidelines are available online at or through ACHE’s website.
Potential authors should feel free to consult with JCHE editor James Broomall, University of Delaware. He can be reached at email@example.com or (302) 831-2795.
Please share this announcement with colleagues and graduate students who may be interested in submitting manuscripts to JCHE. The Journal has published outstanding graduate student work in the past.
Submitting to Five Minutes with ACHE
We’re always looking for your input! As we continue to grow, it’s important to hear what’s going on in your neck of the woods, so we're looking for articles on topics of interest to continuing educators. To submit, please send an email with a .doc or .docx attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The copy deadline for Five Minutes is the 23rd of the month preceding a given issue. We ask that you limit your submission to no more than 2000 words; short and sweet is fine as well! Want ideas? Email us!
ACHE Regional Meeting are happening soon!
|ACHE MidAtlantic 2012 Spring Conference
Call for Proposals now open! Deadline March 9
March 25-27th, 2012
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
|Connections and Resources
CAUCE holding professional development webinars
Each year, the CAUCE Professional Development Committee hosts a series of webinars featuring speakers from the university community. CAUCE would like to invite ACHE members to participate. This year’s series focuses on “creating community” – in our workplaces and learning environments, and through our marketing efforts.
Adapting Teaching Methods to Diverse Communities
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
Registration Deadline: 11:00 a.m. EST, Friday, February 17, 2012
Please note the CAUCE office is closed Monday, February 20th for Family Day in SK.
Description: There are numerous paths to learning and a wide range of teaching methods to follow those paths. Some adults learn a great deal on their own through readings, observations and Internet research. For others, learning is inhibited when teaching methods rely on abilities not yet fully mastered or when variables such as life experiences, academic backgrounds and family situations are not considered. In this webinar, the presenter will discuss various teaching methods and learning strategies that can help optimize educational outcomes in a classroom of diverse adult learners, and will identify the roles of educators throughout the process.
Presenter: Kevin Parent, Faculty Lecturer, Program Coordinator – Accounting, Finance and Taxation, McGill University.
CE Branding and Community-Centred Marketing
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Registration Deadline: 11:00 a.m. EDT, Monday, March 19, 2012
Description: By definition, “marketing” puts the communities we serve at the centre. But despite our good intentions, just how community-centred are we when promoting our programs? Join this webinar to hear from colleagues in two different continuing education units who recently re-examined each of their marketing efforts with this question in mind. Learn about their unique journeys to unite diverse program units behind a single CE brand to work towards achieving a stronger, more cohesive presence in the community.
Presenters: Karen Hayward, Director, Professional Development and Community Education, Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, University of Saskatchewan; Mary Holmes, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communications, UBC Continuing Studies, The University of British Columbia.
Sloan-C announces their 2012 conferences
9th Annual Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference & Workshop
April 23-24, 2012
Hyatt Regency- Milwaukee, WI
5th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Intl Symposium
Call for presentations now open!
July 25-27, 2012
The Venetian/Palazzo Resort - Las Vegas, NV
9th Annual Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference and Workshop
April 23-24, 2012
Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, WI
Early Bird Registration is now open! Don’t miss your opportunity to register at the reduced rate of $495 for regular attendees or $445 for Sloan-C members. Early Bird registration deadline is February 23.
Join your colleagues at the 9th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, Perfecting the Blend, as we problem-solve, exchange ideas, and explore effective strategies about blended learning. This conference provides the opportunity for instructors and faculty members, instructional designers, student advisors, administrative leaders, and researchers to share best practices, strategic considerations, models of practice, and challenges revealed through our experiences in blended learning practice and research.
Attendees will participate in two days of sessions that include interactive workshops, featured sessions, information sessions, keynote and plenary sessions, poster presentations, and vendor showcase sessions, all focused on instructional practices, academic planning, faculty development, and assessment/evaluation.
5th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium
A joint symposium of the Sloan Consortium and MERLOT
July 25-27, 2012
The Venetian/Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
We invite you to submit a proposal for the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium in Las Vegas. The Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, a joint Symposium of Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of online teaching and learning technologies.
Faculty, students, instructional designers, instructional technologists and academic administrators are encouraged to submit proposals which are engaging, informative and interactive. These sessions can be targeted to all attendees or beginners, intermediates, or experts.
The symposium, focusing on the technologies, networking and systems that drive online learning effectiveness will accept presentations that offer attendees “real solutions.” Symposium tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices and noteworthy technological tools in the following areas:
- Digital Learning Environments & Communities
- Accessible Learning for All
- Evidence-based Learning and Reflection
- Learning and Data Analytics
- Faculty Development and Learning Support
- Innovation in Media and Tools