Now that the excitement from the 2016 national conference has calmed, you might be looking ahead to future professional development opportunities. The Association for Continuing Higher Education offers several valuable events for continuing education professionals, and we would like to take a moment to be sure you are aware of them. In addition to webinars and online resources, we also offer networking events and five distinct regional meetings in various locations throughout the United States. Take a look at some information about these events, and then be sure to follow the links and register for the one closest to you!
ACHE Northeast Metropolitan Winter Networking Event Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Location: Stony Brook Manhattan
Join the ACHE Northeast Metropolitan region to kick off the new year and network with your colleagues at Stony Brook Manhattan. The event includes lunch and is free to all current members. Please RSVP by emailing Joyce Wellinger at email@example.com. Find more information on the ACHE Northeast Metropolitan event page.
ACHE Great Lakes Date: February 8-10, 2017
Location: Doubletree Hotel on the infamous Magnificent Mile in Chicago The ACHE Great Lakes Region has partnered with the Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) to host a regional conference. This year’s conference theme is Persistence, Perseverance, and Success in Continuing Education. More information can be found at www.icche.org. If you are interested in submitting a conference speaking proposal, there is still time. Please contact Dr. Bonnie J. Covelli, ACHE Great Lakes Regional Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACHE West Date: February 22-24, 2017
Location: San Francisco State University, San Francisco The 2017 ACHE West regional conference will be held in sunny San Francisco on February 22-24 of next year. The conference theme is Innovate, Create, and Elevate, and the keynote speakers are now available! Find more information about the conference on the ACHE West website.
ACHE Great Plains Date: March 9-10, 2017
Location: Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK The ACHE Great Plains regional meeting will commence on March 9 at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, OK. The conference theme will be Continuing Education: Pathways to the Future, and early bird registration runs until February 24! Find more information about the conference on the ACHE Great Plains event page.
ACHE MidAtlantic Date: April 5-7, 2017
Location: Founders Inn & Spa, Virginia Beach
Join ACHE MidAtlantic in a regional meeting that explore best practices and strategies in encouraging degree completion and student retention. The conference theme will be Degree Completion and Retention: Stopping the Revolving Door, and the Call for Proposals is open until January 16! Find more information about the event and CFP on the ACHE MidAtlantic event page.
Date: April 11-13, 2017
Location: Peabody Hotel, Memphis
Take a trip to Memphis, TN for the ACHE South regional meeting. The conference theme is Treading Our Crossroads Today: Marching Our Pathways Tomorrow, the keynote speakers have been announced, and early bird registration continues until March 10. Find more information about the event on the ACHE South website.
The 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference has come to a close, and we all left with fond memories of our meeting in New Orleans. We would like to take a moment to say 'thank you' to all of those in attendance. You truly made it one of our best conferences yet.
For ACHE members who were not able to attend, however, there is one way you can relive the experience online. Photos from the conference are now available for viewing! Many more images (in full resolution!) can also be found on flickr. Take a look!
Click here to visit the 2016 Conference album on flickr.
As described on the ACHE website, ACHE is a dynamic network of diverse professionals who are dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education and to sharing their expertise and experience with one another.
Dynamic is only one word of many to describe the 78th Annual Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) conference which was held this past October in New Orleans, LA at the historic Hotel Monteleone. The theme this year was “Innovation, Transformation, and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future.” Topics included: research and strategy, transformative roles and responsibilities, practical application of theory, effective learning/teaching tools and environments, impactful marketing, and more. We had 127 universities, colleges, exhibitors, sister associations, and other organizations represented as part of the 2016 conference. Individuals from all around the country and Canada attended traveled to New Orleans (the furthest distance was 2,612 miles). Of those attending, over 70 were first time attendees!
There were 43 concurrent sessions to choose from in addition to our keynote sessions. Our keynotes included: Dr. King Alexander, president of Louisiana State University, Mr. Zach Stone, co-founder of Red Kite Consulting, and Ms. Kim Weitkamp, a humorist, coach, producer, and singer/songwriter.
Prior and during this event, fun’raising events were held as part of a fundraising drive to raise money for grants and scholarships. We surpassed our scholarship goal and collected $3,735. In addition, there was an ACHE service opportunity with the New Orleans Kids Partnership (NOKP) to “Fill the Bus” with school supplies for the children in the area.
This summary was written by Dorothy Williams, a director at large for ACHE and a director and professor at Regis University.
College for Professional Studies
Dear ACHE Colleagues,
Wow! The 2016 annual conference in New Orleans was amazing! Congratulations again to Past President Paula Hogard and her dedicated conference planning committee for an outstanding event. I’d like to take this Five Minutes opportunity to echo the email announcement that went out recently about the RFP that was issued earlier this fall to identify a new home office for ACHE.
At the time the RFP was issued, conditions with state funding and organizational structure were in flux at the University of Oklahoma, and seeking a new institution to host the home office seemed prudent. Later, after Dr. Pappas announced his retirement effective in December, several decisions were made by the University of Oklahoma that just recently and unexpectedly opened the path for the home office to remain in place. With the best interest of the Association in mind, the Board has decided to take advantage of the foundation already in place and keep the home office at the University of Oklahoma.
To those of you who either considered or submitted a proposal in response to our call, thank you for your interest and time. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Chris Dougherty, ACHE Past President and chair of the RFP committee, as well as the members of that committee for the time and energy they gave in service to the association.
Dr. James Pappas, in his role as Executive Vice President for the past eight years, has provided exceptional leadership and guidance to the Association and has been a mentor and inspiration to many of us. His deep commitment to continuing higher education and his insights have made ACHE a better organization. Rebekah Law has done an extraordinary job as Interim Operations Manager and will be key to a smooth staff transition over the next several weeks as the new home office team from OU moves into place.
We are delighted with the opportunity for the ACHE home office to remain on the campus of the University of Oklahoma and seamlessly continue the work of the association. We will be introducing the new home office team to you soon.
I’m looking forward to a great year ahead and, as I mentioned in New Orleans, I’m so glad to have you along with me for the ride!
ACHE President, 2017
The Journal of Continuing Higher Education is a refereed journal featuring major articles and shorter columns of professional interest to the adult continuing higher education community. In an effort to support adult continuing higher education, JCHE serves as a forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and experiences relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall. The journal welcomes two types of submissions: major articles (current research, literature reviews, theoretical models) and best practices (new, innovative, and successful programs or practices in higher and continuing education).
You too can write these types of articles. Administrators and practitioners are doing great things, and they are the perfect people to share their best practices.
Mark your calendar now to register and attend a webinar over this very subject, hosted by JCHE’s own Royce Ann Collins. The workshop will start with the basics of writing for publication. It is a process, so take the step now to start!
Please join us November 2 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time to participate in this professional development opportunity.
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Royce Ann Collins is the editor of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education. With 15 years of experience as an administrator of adult degree programs at higher education institutions, she has won national and regional awards for her teaching, research, and scholarship. When she isn’t editing journal articles, she is expanding the Adult Education program to the K-State Olathe campus of Kansas State University.
Currently, Collins serves on the Executive Committee for the Commission for Accelerated Programs and is a member of American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.
It is with sincere appreciation that I am able to write this article having just attended ACHE’s 2016 National Conference in New Orleans. This was my first time visiting the “Big Easy” and I was amazed by the rich cultural history and charm of the city when I experienced it in person. I’ve been a member of ACHE for years, during which time I’ve gained so much knowledge from the various professional development opportunities the organization offers, and this event was no exception. While our specialization working with adult learners is slowly gaining traction as traditional demographics shift, professionals in continuing education units are often still considered an “island” at their institutions. By coming together to share our challenges, ideas, best practices, and new trends at the ACHE conferences, I feel that collectively we are truly able to support each other to make a positive impact in our chosen professions.
As an adult learner myself, juggling the demands of a full-time job and busy life while going to school online (as I know many of you have done as well), I was honored to have represented the students that we serve as this year’s recipient of ACHE’s 2016 Graduate Student Conference Grant. I am incredibly fortunate to have received this award because my institution did not have the funds in our budget this year for me to be able to attend otherwise. Nor do I receive any financial reimbursement from my institution towards my masters in higher education program leadership, so every bit of support helps me to offset those out-of-pocket costs. With this in mind, I appreciate everyone’s contributions to the ACHE scholarship fund and will strive to make the best use of your donations through my academic and professional pursuits.
This was also a particularly opportune time in my education as I’m currently immersed in my capstone course for which a thesis and product are involved. As director of professional studies at a small liberal arts college, my institution is new in the online space, so I have decided to develop a comprehensive online orientation for the
My goal is to be able to come back to an ACHE conference as a presenter to share the results of my project, or other initiatives that I’m currently working on (i.e. strategic planning), or to share these results in an ACHE webinar or publication so that I can give back and demonstrate that I’m utilizing the grant award to my best ability. adult learners in our new professional studies programs for my capstone project. I came away from the ACHE conference with a lot of fresh ideas for what to include in the orientation in addition to how to evaluate and assess the results. (By the way, if you have any particular interest in this topic and would like to share your thoughts with me, please don’t hesitate to reach out to email@example.com.) The opening keynote speaker talked about the importance of experiential learning, so you can see how I am a perfect example of this concept in practice.
Finally, I’d like to include a very special thanks to Paula Hogard, Rebekah Law, Lisa Graves as well as Amy Jordan and James (Jimmy) Shamlen who were responsible for the Fun'Raising efforts. Amy and Jimmy’s support and encouragement was quite astounding and their recognition of my efforts has motivated me even more toward the aspiration of excellence in my endeavors. We all need those outside cheerleaders at points in our career, and Amy and Jimmy are those types of people.
If you have not yet attended an ACHE conference, I highly encourage you to do so. The sessions are informative, the exhibitors are leaders in the industry, and the ACHE staff treats you like you’re their friend. I appreciated everyone’s congratulatory wishes and I hope to see many of you again next year, if not before!
The ACHE 2016 Annual Conference is quickly approaching, and it's officially time to start getting excited about this year's meeting in New Orleans!
As we prepare to innovate, transform, and provide service to others, we would like to invite you to consider what you are going to be a part of. Follow the link below for a look at an infographic full of fun facts about this year's conference. We just know you're going to love it!
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We're so pleased to have such an outstanding group of exhibitors for this year's conference. From all of ACHE, we would like to take a moment to say 'thank you' for your support, and we're so pleased to be partnering with you in New Orleans!
Are you looking for a way to contribute to the New Orleans community while you are attending the ACHE conference this year? If so, we have an opportunity that will allow you to make a difference for children and families in the greater New Orleans area!
For this year’s Annual Conference & Meeting, ACHE has formed a relationship with the New Orleans Kids Partnership (NOKP), an organization committed to “expanding access to high quality services for children, youth, and families in Greater New Orleans.” One of the goals of NOKP is to provide free or low-cost professional development opportunities for professionals in nonprofit organizations who serve children and families in the city.
To help them accomplish their goal, we will offer free participation in select segments of the conference program to NOKP professionals. Additionally, we plan to host a school supply drive for some of NOKP’s partner organizations. When you are packing for New Orleans, please plan to include some school supplies to help fill a bus for the children of the Crescent City. If you can’t sacrifice shoe room for school supplies, there will be locations near the Hotel Monteleone where you can buy supplies for the drive as well.
Thank you for helping us make a difference in our host city! For more information about the NOKP, please visit the organization website.
Emory Continuing Education (ECE) enrolls thousands of students from the Atlanta community and beyond. In the last few years, ECE created a new Business Development team and quickly increased sales in the corporate sphere.
Following a strategic business model to further align the existing Jenzabar Higher Reach student database, ECE implemented Jenzabar Higher Reach CRM, a constituent relationship management system to support marketing and sales efforts. By automating workflows, sharing data, and providing greater insight into each opportunity, the CRM helps build relationships and personalize communications with students, prospective students, and corporate contacts.
Katharine Foster, Director of Continuing Education Administration and Operations, says, “The CRM has made a huge difference. We are using the CRM daily and always monitoring the pipeline. Before having a system for tracking, everything was just verbal communication; now all the emails and phone conversations are in the CRM where we can see the stages of each.”
The CRM helped the team increase its corporate enrollments through better networking in the community. The team has now built trust for new clients to come to them and created a pipeline that will keep them on track to meet all their goals well into the future.
This Five Minutes post is sponsored by Jenzabar, an exhibitor for the ACHE 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference. The post was written by Emmanuel Sarris, Director of Continuing Education Strategic Consulting Services, Jenzabar, Inc.
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