For many of us, August is a time of both endings and beginnings. The sadness that comes with the end of the summer break gives way to a new semester, new students, and possibly new colleagues. Change is definitely in the air. And this August, change is once again upon us at the ACHE Home Office. Our home office Operations Associate and Graduate Assistant, Vyacheslav “Stan” Khrapak, recently moved to Colorado, where he has accepted a position with Colorado State University – Global Campus as an enrollment counselor.
Stan joined us in May 2013 as our graduate assistant while enrolled at the University of Oklahoma’s Master of Education program with an emphasis in Administration. His dedication to the field of adult continuing higher education meant that he has been a critical part of our success over the last two years. While he’s been with us, he’s assisted with writing the association’s newsletters, supporting our national conference, overhauling the national website, managing our financial and administrative databases, and expanding ACHE’s outreach substantially through various social media outlets.
Stan also leveraged his experiences to publish a number of articles relevant to both his involvement with ACHE and his graduate work:
Along with his new professional duties at CSU, Stan plans to continue to serve as Managing Editor of the Journal of Thought, a refereed biannual publication devoted to the reflective examination of educational issues and problems from the perspective of diverse disciplines. The journal welcomes scholars whose work represents varied viewpoints, methodologies, disciplines, cultures, and nationalities as it seeks to treat the most comprehensive issues and problems confronting education throughout the world.
Additionally, Stan will continue his work as Senior Director of the Garden Your Own Growth program, a nonprofit endeavor which establishes gardens at K-12 schools. As Senior Director, Stan supervises undergraduate university interns and raises funds for programming which allows elementary, middle, and high school students to have experiential learning opportunities in sustainability, biology, and engineering.
ACHE's Grants & Scholarships Program serves the an important purpose: encouraging research and educational attainment in the field of adult and continuing higher education by supporting graduate students studying in this area. To do this, we need your help! Each year, we offer grants and scholarships aimed at promoting new knowledge, student success, and innovative practices, and we do this through our annual Fundraising Drive that takes place during our Annual Conference & Meetings.
This year, however, we wanted to do more. To this end, our fundraising committee has organized a pre-conference donation drive so that we can offer more awards to more students in 2016. As a thank you for helping to support our efforts, for each $5 you donate, you will receive one ticket to enter a drawing for a $500 gift card.
You can donate online now; it's quick and easy! The winner of the gift card will be announced during the Closing Ceremony at the Annual Conference & Meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The winner need not be present.
Additionally, the largest donor to our 2015 Fundraising Drive will receive an engraved trophy, illustrating invaluable support for adult and continuing education students and programs throughout the United States and Canada.
All proceeds go to to fund our Grants and Scholarships. View the Grants and Scholarships page for more details. Additionally, ACHE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible
Join us at the ACHE 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri this November and experience an exciting and informative concurrent session from Dr. Marc Wilson, Southern New Hampshire University. This session is appropriate for faculty who teach online courses and administrators who oversee and/or develop online programs and are interested in discussing what makes for successful online teaching. This session will examine the role of the faculty member in online instruction, not the course design process.
Higher education in general and online education in particular are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their efficacy. Despite the acknowledged importance of the role of the faculty in student success, little empirical work has been published regarding the assessment of online faculty performance. After a brief review of the relevant literature, this session will present an overview of the process of developing and validating a rubric for the assessment of online faculty performance in use at the College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University. A discussion of the relationship between faculty performance and student success will follow.
Are you a key member of an enrollment, admissions, or student support services team at your higher education institution or organization? "Customer Service at the Collegiate Level" presented by Ann Merrifield at the ACHE 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting will provide you with the opportunity to discover best practices when providing excellent customer service to students. What's more, you'll gain insights on ways to improve interdepartmental collaboration and client support services. Here is an exclusive inside look at Ann's upcoming presentation.
How many workshops on customer service have you attended in your lifetime? More than one, for sure!! You probably know the importance of “Giving them the Pickle” and “Making their Day”. And how often do you hear phrases such as “the customer is always right” and “going above and beyond”? In the collegiate setting, providing excellent customer service is more than just “keeping the students happy”. It’s having streamlined processes in place so that our students receive timely responses to their questions. It’s having a well-trained staff in order to meet students’ needs. It’s creating a stress-free enrollment process. And it’s not just about the students – parents, other departments, even coworkers are customer, too. So on top of making sure your processes work, you also need to think about methods and styles of communicating with the myriad of customers that walk through your gates. In the workshop “Customer Service at the Collegiate Level”, you will have opportunities to discuss and process the meaning of customer service in the academic setting and share strategies for enhancing the level of customer service you provide.
Are you involved in managing non-credit programming? Whether you're a program director, dean, or a professional staff member, you'll find valuable takeaways during the roundtable session titled "Common Issues in Noncredit Programming." Presenter Russ O'Neill will provide you with the opportunity to open a dialog with an industry leader who has over five decades worth of experience in higher education.
Planning noncredit courses and programs involves many unique challenges, issues and concerns. For example, how do you determine course fees in a way that is beneficial for both students and institution? What discounts might you want to consider? Should you always use regular faculty for instructors, or is there a value in sometimes going outside the institution? Determining instructor compensation can also be a challenge. Sometimes there are organizational barriers that often create clashes between credit and noncredit programming. It is important to find ways to overcome those barriers. Partnerships and collaboration with outside organizations and individuals can often be beneficial to noncredit programs and can help you develop new courses. There are many professional fields that require continuing education hours for license or credential renewal. Is your college or university taking advantage of the many arenas where CE offerings can add to both the reputation and the bottom line of your unit? This roundtable discussion will offer attendees the opportunity to share these and other challenges and successes and hear what others have done. This is not a theoretical discussion. You should go away with at least a few practical ideas to implement when you get back to the office.
Both as President of ACHE and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University, I’m sensitive to the costs associated with conferences and travel, particularly in lean budgetary environments. In considering how we build the conference agenda, we strive to take into account your needs as CE and distance learning staff. We’ve asked ourselves: How will the content impact the mastery of your current skillset? How will it further increase value by allowing you to add or gain new skills to remain competitive in your field? Take a look at this three step guide to help you and your boss legitimize your trip to ACHE 2015 in St. Louis.
1. Select Your Perfect Agenda
First, I encourage you to choose the most appropriate agenda for your institution or organization. With over 50 sessions from leaders in the field of continuing education, we offer an array of excellent professional development presentations. Our sessions focus on:
To find conference sessions that relate directly to you and your organization, visit our visit our schedule page to see our presentations in full detail. – View Full Schedule Here
2. Anticipate to Strengthen Your Networks
Second, I’d like to emphasize that networking and learning from colleagues is at the heart of ACHE. You will meet professionals from across the field who share your passion for continuing higher education. You’ll be able to strengthen existing relationships and make new connections during our concurrent sessions, workshops, roundtables, dinners, outings, and ceremonies. Pre-conference networking is critical as well. We want each conference attendee to be making connections prior to the conference using ACHE’s Twitter, Facebook Group, or LinkedIn Group page as a great way to connect with colleagues new and old to then meet in person at the Conference in St. Louis. Remember to use our official conference hashtag - #ACHESTL
3. Plan to Make Your Trip Cost Efficient
Third, note that additional cost savings come from Early Registrations, multiple registrations for the same institution, and savings through breaks and meals provided as part of the conference. You’ll find ACHE always a great value. Find out more about our conference location - the beautiful Saint Louis Union Station Hotel - travel details, and links to registration on our conference website. – View Travel Details and Registration Links
Three more months and the conference will be here. Keep checking the website for updates on keynotes, exhibitors, special events, etc. I can hardly wait to see you again.
Leaders like you help drive the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting. Volunteers act as session presiders, information desk assistants, and information technology consultants. This year, we need your support in St. Louis, Missouri at the 77th ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting. In order to advocate for support at our upcoming conference, we thought we would share with you some memories from previous conferences, illustrating the valued role of our volunteers.
Volunteers from various higher education institutions help run the registration desk at ACHE 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Help desk volunteers answer questions, direct people, and keep track of operations. IT volunteers assist with projectors, communications, and other technical issues at the conference.
Our volunteers come from all corners of the United States and Canada. They are integral to the success of the conference.
Please join us at our upcoming Annual Conference and Meeting in St. Louis Missouri on November 9th - 11th and volunteer. We currently need assistance in the following positions:
The Proceedings of the Annual Conference & Meeting of ACHE is both a complete report of the Annual Conference and an Annual Report of the Association's activities over the preceding year. This is a critical position with ACHE, and compensation is provided. | Learn more about this position and apply...
Day Chairs are assigned one day of the conference for which they are then responsible for coordinating the day’s session presenters and presiders regarding presentation needs and registration. During the conference, Day Chairs give announcements at the end of each general session and lunch, such as changes to the schedule. | Learn more about Day Chair duties and sign up...
Better Together: Connecting with Your Audience through Social MediaTue Nov 10 2015, 2:15pm–3:15pm
PRIMARY PRESENTERCheryl Rodewig, Kennesaw State University, College of Continuing and Professional Education
Brief Bio:Cheryl Rodewig has worked with social media personally and professionally for nearly a decade, developing creative content ranging from blogs to videos. Before joining the College of Continuing and Professional Education as their social media specialist, she ran her own business offering social media consultation, design and management. Whether your audience is clients and prospective customers or just family and friends, she believes social media at its core is about sharing stories.
Official Conference Hashtag: #ACHESTL
In addition, ACHE has a social media based webinar scheduled for July 23rd, 2015.
ACHE Summer Webinar Series
Using Social Media Tools to Help Adult Students Learn and be Successful
Social media is not a new topic, but has becoming an increasingly important part of the academic landscape…and not just for marketing classes. Regardless of the platform, the integration of social media into courses can improve instructor/student communication, enhance course quality and help elevate learning to the next level. This session will discuss how the most common social media platforms can be utilized in courses, whether online or face to face, and demonstrate some of the concrete benefits of its integration. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the opportunities social media presents to educators and concrete strategies they can implement in their departments and courses.
Meleena EatonFaculty lead, College of Online and Continuing Education
Southern New Hampshire University
Meleena Eaton has been working in marketing for nearly 20 years and teaching in higher education for over 10. She is currently a full time faculty member in the marketing department at Southern New Hampshire University. She has been working with social media since its formative years and has seen the benefits of its use in business and in academia.
ACHE is thrilled to collaborate with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) to bring you the second installation of the Summer Webinar Series on July 23rd. Meleena Eaton, Professor of Business and Marketing at SNHU, will be presenting an exciting webinar titled "Using Social Media Tools to Help Adult Students Learn and be Successful."
This session will discuss how the most common social media platforms can be utilized in courses, whether online or face to face, and demonstrate some of the concrete benefits of its integration. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the opportunities social media presents to educators and concrete strategies they can implement in their departments and courses.
According to Meleena:
Social media is not a new topic, but has becoming an increasingly important part of the academic landscape…and not just for marketing classes. Regardless of the platform, the integration of social media into courses can improve instructor/student communication, enhance course quality and help elevate learning to the next level.
Please join us on July 23rd at 2:00 pm Central Time to participate in this incredible professional development opportunity.
Click here to Register
When she came into the Dean’s office, the student was confrontational right from the start. “I’m not learning a thing in this course. The teacher is not giving me the responses I need.”
Sound familiar? I suspect many similar incidents are being played out around the world, particularly with adult learners in an online course. There are many possible ways to address this kind of situation, but one of the most important is to be sure that students understand the learning model that your school is providing. This will help get students on your side and increase retention.
Many, if not most, online schools have adopted some form of what is broadly known in educational theory as “constructivism,” the idea that students construct their own knowledge of the subject matter through a variety of interactions, including diligent self-study of texts and peer-to-peer learning. Constructivism contrasts with the so-called traditional learning formats that put greater emphasis on transferring knowledge from teacher to student.
Although your school may not have consciously decided that you will follow a constructivist model, it’s likely that you have the basic elements of it already in place in your online courses. For example, in many schools it is decidedly a negative if the instructor provides too much in the way of hints to difficult questions in assignments. The same kind of consideration applies to discussion questions. The best discussion questions do not have definitive answers; they are meant to provide learning opportunities by encouraging interpretation, sharing of prior knowledge, and having students participate in challenging academic argumentation.
When students start by complaining they are not being given the right responses it may be a sign their expectations are not in line with the learning model you are providing. While I personally believe (as my co-author and I state in our book) that students should be exposed to the theories behind the practice of online education, there are plenty of ways to get students on your side simply by telling them truthfully what kinds of learning opportunities they can make in your online classrooms, particularly through discussions. Some language you might adopt: “Meet students from all over the world. Exchange ideas and perspectives. Learn from your fellow students with backgrounds in healthcare, science, social work, psychology, business, education and more. Develop career-boosting learning partnerships and friendships online. Hone the group project skills you will need for professional success.” I think you will find that students will not be disappointed if you build up these kinds of expectations. In all the classes I have taught students uniformly placed discussions as the most enjoyable and worthwhile aspect of the course (way ahead of the textbook and the instructor).
In short, students are less likely to complain if they know what kinds of learning methods and challenges they will face. You can get them on your side by clearly explaining what you have to offer – and that may not be your subject matter expertise so much as their opportunities to build their own knowledge.
- Anthony Birch, Ph.D.
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