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  • August 25, 2017 5:30 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Whether your school year has already begun or is just around the corner, welcome back! We hope you are as excited about this semester as we are! 

    Are you making plans to attend the 79th Annual ACHE Conference and Meeting in Portland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2017?  Click for more information and registration, then tell us (and the world) what you are most looking forward to about this year's conference using the hashtag #ACHEimagine or mention @ACHEinc on Twitter and Facebook. 


    Joining us in beautiful Portland, Oregon –
    The City of Roses!

    Let me introduce one of our exciting keynote speakers: Dr. Radhika Seshan

    Re-imagining Continuing Education: Innovation for Future Ready Organizations

    Join us for a look at higher education trends presented by Dr. Radhika Seshan, UCLA Extension. Re-imagining continuing education means thinking globally and embracing emerging opportunities. Dr. Seshan will explore strategies for architecting change to create future ready continuing education organizations.

    Radhika Seshan is the Associate Dean of Business Development and Chief Operating Officer for UCLA Extension, a position she has held since June 2016. 

    Before UCLA Extension, Dr. Seshan was the Executive Director of Continuing Education Programs in Bellevue College where she successfully designed a strategic plan to improve the portfolio performance of 2000 courses offered to 19,000 students.

    Dr. Seshan's previous roles include building innovative new products and teams in technology and telecommunications. She has launched new software products and services at AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies across the United States and Europe.

    Always a transformative leader, Dr. Seshan's self-described interest in higher education includes areas of strategic planning and emerging non-traditional education delivery models; creating immersive and customized student experiences through technology and operations innovation; Ed tech startups and global education trends.

    Dr. Seshan holds a BA in Economics from Chennai University of India. She has attended Brown University and holds a PhD in International Economics from University of Houston. She is married and has two children. On her spare time, she enjoys taking hikes with her family, photography, live jazz and blues and traveling. 

  • August 11, 2017 11:01 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Dear ACHE Colleagues,

    • Do you know an ACHE member who is studying in the field of adult continuing higher education? 
    • Are you conducting research to promote the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education?
    • Are you working on a graduate degree and interested in attending the ACHE annual conference?
    • Do you have CE staff members who would benefit from participating in an ACHE professional development event to further their professional development and hone their skills?
    • Could your institution use a minigrant to support a special initiative, project, or research effort that would advance the field of continuing education?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider applying for an ACHE Grant or Scholarship! Click here for details.

    If you have any questions or need additional information, let us know. Grant and Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on October 24 during the 2017 ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

    And if you haven’t yet done so, be sure to vote for ACHE Vice President and Directors at Large. Candidate information is available here.  Ballots were sent to eligible ACHE members on August 4. If you didn’t receive your ballot, contact the ACHE Home Office at


    Clare Roby
    President, ACHE

  • August 04, 2017 3:57 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Imagine the great presentations you will experience in Portland!

    The 79th Annual ACHE Conference & Meeting is less than three months away, and the conference planning committee is hard at work creating an exceptional event that you don't want to miss!

    Program details are available on the conference website. Take a look at the excellent line up of concurrent sessions and workshops and learn more about the keynote speakers. Additional details will be added to the conference website as the conference team continues our work, so stay tuned and get excited about the professional development and networking opportunities in store for us.

    If you haven't registered yet, be sure to do so soon and take advantage of the early bird registration rate. Click here for more details.

    We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

  • July 28, 2017 9:44 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) would like to recognize Nassau Community College (NCC) Center for Workforce Development, recipient of an ACHE Institutional Minigrant, for completing its first semester of the Hospitality Career Pathway Program.

    May 25, 2017: NCC’s Hospitality Career Pathway Program Graduation Day with students, funders, and instructors.

    Program Overview

    From January through May 2017, the Hospitality Career Pathway Program provided 20 Latino/a immigrants and first-generation Americans who were or had been employed in low-end hospitality industry jobs with 162 hours of instruction.  The program improved the students’ skills and knowledge, substantially impacting their ability to climb their chosen career ladder.  Students who completed the program (90% of the 20 students) received a Certificate of Completion and were provided the opportunity to sit for the ServSafe® exam to earn the national certification offered through NCC's Business Hospitality Department.

    Student Outcomes to Date

    • Four (4) students have earned the ServSafe® certification,
    • One (1) has received a promotion and four (4) plan to seek a promotion at their current places of employment,
    • One (1) has received a pay increase and eleven (11) intend to look for another (higher-paying) job,
    • Twelve (12) have expressed interest in continuing their education by taking another English language skills class,
    • Four (4) have expressed interest in earning their high school diploma, and
    • Eleven (11) have expressed interest in taking another course.

    To learn more about the Hospitality Career Pathway Program, which was funded in part by ACHE, please read the full year-end report.

    To learn more about ACHE's Institutional Minigrants, as well as other grants and scholarships, please click here. 

  • July 21, 2017 5:14 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Ravi Hutheesing is a keynote speaker who builds his brand globally as a cultural-entrepreneur. His journey as a rock star, aviator, and cultural diplomat reveals unparalleled insight and strategies that have helped businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia bridge generational and cultural divides. Additionally, the US Department of State engages Ravi as a cultural diplomat to create programs worldwide that foster exchange and mutual understanding, and he partners with Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in India, which serves as a home and high-quality educational setting for the poorest of the poor. 

    The first American-born member of India's Nehru-Gandhi family who created and governed the world's largest democracy for over 40 years, Ravi is the grand-nephew of Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first Prime Minister), the nephew of Indira Gandhi (India's only female Prime Minister), and the cousin of Rajiv Gandhi (India's youngest Prime Minister). For more information, please visit RaviUnites.

    Millennial Mojo: Re-Imagining the Future of Education

    If you want to feel very optimistic about the future, look no further. While one cannot generalize an entire generation, anticipating and influencing the positive impact that Millennials will have as leaders in education, business, and government is a tremendous opportunity. They are the largest generation, soon-to-be most influential in global leadership, and will live longer than their predecessors. Their magic—or "mojo"—is shaping the world.

    Ravi's vantage point is uniquely relevant as a member of "Generation X"—the bridge between Millennials and Baby-Boomers. He takes his audiences on an inspiring personal journey that navigates the globe turning dreams into realities, yielding unparalleled insights into generations and cultures throughout the presentation.

    In this eye-opening and thought-provoking keynote, discover how much the generations actually have in common and how to use these commonalities as building blocks for collaboration. Ravi depicts an optimistic future based on millennial character traits including their love for the arts (the key to teaching empathy), proclivity for entrepreneurship (the key to fostering identity), and natural ability to rise above social injustices. He also challenges audiences to consider how Artificial Intelligence will drive revenue and unemployment, the impact that will have on the disaffection of youth and vulnerability to radicalism, and how the millennial entrepreneurial spirit is critical in managing the consequences. Ultimately, Ravi empowers Boomers, Xers, and Millennials to successfully collaborate in order to overcome local to global challenges and maximize opportunities. For a personalized introduction, please Meet Ravi.

    We look very forward to having him and seeing all of you in Portland 2017!


  • June 30, 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Association for Continuing Higher Education would like to congratulate the 13 members who graduated from the 2017 Emerging Leader Institute.    

    ELI Graduates: Nicolette Aduama, Annie Baghdayan, Megan Bess, Deah Caldwell, Erin Crisp, Andrea Dunkirk, LaDawn Jones, Kyle Lankford, Patrick McClain, Lisa Pryor, Kimberly Rutigliano, Kerri White, and Sarah Wiegman.

    We also want to thank the speakers for putting on stellar presentations:

    • Paula E. Peinovich, PhD
    • Susan Campbell, PhD
    • Sean Gallagher, PhD
    • Roxanne Gonzales, PhD
    • Belinda P. Biscoe, PhD

    Member comments and highlights:

    • Getting to hear speakers with relevant and timely information
    • Tremendous networking opportunities
    • Quality presentations
    • Each speaker brought another aspect of leadership to the institute and gave something to reflect upon
    • Great learning opportunity
    • The reception and dinner allowed opportunities for the attendees to get to know one another
    • Valuable information and takeaways
    • Overall content was spot on
    • The balance of lecture, activity, and discussion was perfect
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  • June 02, 2017 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    ACHE is sad to share the news that Dr. Harry Lawton “Hal” Salisbury, Jr., President of ACHE 1987-88, died Sunday, May 21, 2017.  He was active in the Association while at Western Carolina University and Trident Technical College. He retired as Vice President of Student Services at Trident Technical College in 2001. Colleagues who worked with Hal share that he was always eager to be of assistance to his ACHE colleagues and helped them sort out various issues related to their common missions. More information about Dr. Salisbury and his distinguished career and life can be found here.

  • May 19, 2017 12:13 PM | Anonymous


    The ACHE Nominations Committee is currently accepting nominations through 
    May 31st for:

    • Directors-at-Large (2 openings) and
    • Vice President

    Click here to submit a nomination. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague.

    Once nominations are received, the Chair of the Nominations Committee, Paula Hogard, will contact nominees with requests for additional information. The Association will present its slate of candidates to the membership for consideration in May by email and in Five Minutes with ACHE. Please direct questions to the Nominations Committee Chair, Paula Hogard at

    Eligibility for Office 

    Basic Eligibility for Directors at Large and Vice President

    • Be an institutional, organizational, or professional member in good standing, per the Constitution. Service, leadership, and contributions to the association are expected prerequisites. A candidate must have served in a significant role with ACHE.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria for Vice President

    • Must have completed a term as regional chair based on the requirements of his or her region;
    • Or must have served at least one year as the chair of an association committee;
    • Or must have served one year as an association Director at Large.
    • And must have a minimum of one letter of support from one’s provost or president or other appropriate administrator approving candidacy and acknowledging the time and financial commitments of association officers.

    For a complete description of the requirements, roles, and responsibilities of ACHE Officers, please consult the ACHE Guide for Candidates.

    We hope that you will consider nominating yourself or a colleague this year!

  • May 15, 2017 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    ACHE South held its annual 2017 Spring Conference at the famed Peabody Hotel in Memphis April 11-13. Memphis is a city of crossroads, and the home to crucial intersections in music, culture and social justice. The conference theme, “Treading our Crossroads Today: Marching Our Pathways Tomorrow,” reflected the rich history of the region while recognizing the realities of our work as continuing educatorswhich is often at the crossroads between the adult student and the university, the professional development center and the community, and other sometimes competing interests.  

    Keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and panelists all addressed this theme through several themed tracks. Sessions on “Industry” included presentations on how to succeed in managing the everyday realities of our work; “Imagination,” encouraged proposals about successful and innovative new creative programs and ventures; and “Implementation,” invited participants to tell how they have learned from obstacles or missteps in the implementation of a new venture. Especially new this year a track on leadership, “Influence,” was comprised of invited leadership sessions facilitated by ACHE all-stars. Organized by 
    Dr. Amy Johnson, the sessions in this track focused on honing leadership skills in the areas of strategic planning, communication, lateral leadership, and more. Participants who attended five of the seven concurrent sessions on leadership were presented with a certificate of completion from ACHE South at the end of the conference.

    Keynote speakers included 
    Kim Weitkamp, a nationally-known speaker, and consultant, who addressed “The Power of Story” in her talk, and later led a breakout session on “The Science of Story.” Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College, spoke on “Current Happenings with SACSCOC,” addressing the current state of higher education in the region and the country from an accreditation standpoint. She also led a breakout session afterward where participants were invited to continue the discussion. Finally, Drs. Steven Frye and Jonathan Taylorclosed the conference with their talk, “It Came at Me When I Walked through the Door,” which was a lively interactive session covering their research demonstrating the often overlooked lasting importance of the first impressions instructors create with students within the first minutes of their classand also how this insight applies to other professional settings besides the classroom as well.

    Some other concurrent breakout sessions included building partnerships between universities and their local community colleges, assessing and enhancing online faculty performance, insights on coaching teams to enhance performance, and tips to help adult students avoid plagiarism. In between, participants were able to enjoy many of the local sites and sounds of Beale Street, the Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, Stax and Sun Records, and many even took in the opening night of the Memphis Redbirds minor league baseball team. At the conclusion of the conference, outgoing ACHE Chair 
    Patti Spaniolareflected on the accomplishments of the organization this past year and handed the gavel to incoming chair Dr. Chris Nesmith. Also recognized for their work and support was Marilyn Read from Delta State University, and her team, who along with the entire Conference Planning committee were owed much of the credit for the success of this year’s conference.

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