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  • March 16, 2016 10:40 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    A. David StewartThe ACHE Great Plains leadership invited A. David 'Dave' Stewart, retiring Associate Dean from Kansas State University Global Campus, to join attendees at their regional meeting and reflect on his years of service in higher education. 

    Dave shared with the group his experiences at K-State as their Global Campus led the way on significant technological shifts at the university, shifts that were simultaneously playing out at colleges and universities across the country. He described watching the development by students in their division of what would become K-State's learning management system, a system that the university as a whole later adopted. He then ruminated on changes he perceives are coming our way, changes for which he believes CE divisions will continue to lead the way.

    When Dave returned to his office after the meeting, he took time to put fingers to keyboard to draft a thank you to the members of the Great Plains Region for their thoughtful invitation. Click the image below to view his message.


    The 2016 ACHE Great Plains Regional Meeting was held March 3 & 4 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. 

  • February 22, 2016 3:22 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    "How to Engage Prospects Through Your Inquiry Forms" by Mickey Baines was originally published at Fourth Dimension Partners.

    What if there was a single question you could add to your inquiry forms that helped your recruitment team better engage your new inquiries? Well, I've not only written about it today, but I recorded a short video to demonstrate how to use it.


    Our approach to inquiry forms are widely based on collecting data. That's what your student information system was created to do, and the "new" CRM's out there today have simply mimicked the approach.

    In today's world of higher education recruitment, though, we need more than those basic questions; something that will help admissions tailor the message with prospects.

    I've written before about the length of your forms, so I won't belabor the point today. But in our video blog, you'll see how this one question may allow you to remove several other questions on your form.

    Click here to read the full post from Mickey...

  • February 08, 2016 3:22 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Paula HogardDear Colleagues,

    Greetings from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. 2016 is upon us and the Spring semester is underway. For many, the excitement of seeing students back on campus and online has been overshadowed by financial concerns. Higher education institutions continue to find themselves financially challenged, and our continuing education units are being asked to increase their share of financial support. Alongside this, we often we see our role and value within the institution being questioned.

    As a profession, we have shown ourselves to be adaptable and resilient. We excel at creative thinking and responding to business and community needs. We recognize and are responding to the expanding and diverse knowledge needs that are emerging in this era of rapid technology gains and disruptive shifts in global markets. We not only have a continuing role but a real opportunity for leadership within our institutions. However, we are not always successful at demonstrating the value and significant role that continuing education plays within our institutions in contributing to the well-being and improvement of the campus, community, state, nation, and even the world.

    We need examples of best practice that our colleagues can replicate and that demonstrate our success at embracing new concepts, employing new tools, and forming partner¬ships that are appropriate for 21st century economies and societies. The theme for the 2016 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting is Innovation, Transformation and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future. The conference theme is intended to demonstrate the many ways that continuing education is leading initiatives within their institutions. The 2016 Conference Call for Proposals is open and I encourage you to submit a proposal to share best practices and what is working for you with your ACHE colleagues.

    Spring is also the time when the ACHE Regional meetings begin and I am excited about being able to attend all the regional meetings. I look forward to meeting you at your regional conferences to continue this conversation and to hear your thoughts on how ACHE can help you to continue to make a difference within your institutions, and to the communities and lives of those we serve.


    Paula Hogard
    ACHE President, 2016


  • February 04, 2016 12:35 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Members and friends of ACHE met in St. Louis, Missouri, November 9-11, 2015, for the association’s 77th Annual Conference & Meeting. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting.

    Photos from the conference

    Click here to view the entire catalog from ACHE's 2015 Annual Conference & Meeting.

    ACHE St. Louis roundtable attendees


    Selected presentation slides available


    Breakout presentations at ACHE St. Louis encompassed a diverse array of topics, from connecting with your audience through social media to the power of mentoring and everything in between. 

    Click here to find these and other slideshows from our Annual Conference.


    Awards

    During the 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony, ACHE recognized outstanding individual and program accomplishment in continuing higher education. To find out more about each of our award winners, click here to view our 2015 Awards Program.

    Leadership Award

    This award is the highest award presented by ACHE and recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in leadership, theory, and practice in continuing higher education on a national or international level. The recipient of the 2015 Leadership Award is Susan Elkins, Chancellor of Palmetto College at the University of South Carolina.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman and Susan Elkins


    Meritorious Service Award

    The ACHE Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding leadership and service to continuing higher education at their own institutions and to ACHE over the years. The recipient of the 2015 Meritorious Service Award is Nora Felde of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman and Nora Felde


    Rising Star Award

    Winners of the ACHE Rising Star Award are recognized for being outstanding rising leaders and program developers at ACHE member institutions or organizations. They must have no more than five years of experience working in the field of adult and continuing education and have developed, significantly contributed to the development of, or extended an outstanding program or division within a continuing education unit. The recipient of the 2015 Rising Star Award is Danielle Brown, Professional Education and Outreach Director at the Kansas State University Salina Campus.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman and Danielle Brown


    Graduate Student Conference Grant

    The purpose of the ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant is to provide financial support to graduate students interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting. The Association members believe that their interest and future contributions to the field of continuing higher education will help maintain the vitality of the organization. The recipient of ACHE’s 2015 Graduate Student Conference Grant is Beth Craig, Coordinator of Program Development in the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman and Beth Craig


    Crystal Marketing Award

    The Crystal Marketing Award is given annually and honors organizations achieving successful results from a marketing communications tool in print, broadcast, and electronic media. The strategic approach, quality of the work, and results achieved are important criteria in determining award recipients. Kansas State University’s On Track Campaign won for 2015; Harry Williamson, Director of Administration and Finance, accepted the award on behalf of Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson and Ron Jackson, Program Coordinators.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman and Harry Williamson


    ACHE’s Distinguished Program Awards recognize outstanding credit and non-credit programs at ACHE member institutions.

    Distinguished Program Award – Credit

    For 2015, ACHE recognized Kansas State University’s Personal Financial Planning Program for excellence in credit programming. Erika Rasure accepted the award on behalf of Sonya Britt, Program Director.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman and Erica Rasure


    Distinguished Program Award – Non-Credit

    Oklahoma State University’s Leadership Development Consortium was recognized for excellence in non-credit programming. Sarah Williams, Program Coordinator in The Center for Executive and Professional Development, and Julie Weathers, ‎Director of The Center for Executive and Professional Development, accepted the award.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman, Sarah Williams, and Julie Weathers


    Distinguished Program Award – Non-Credit

    The UFM Teen Mentoring Program at Kansas State University was recognized for excellence in non-credit programming. Valerie Coltharp, Special Projects Coordinator for the UFM Community Learning Center, and Linda Inlow Teener, Executive Director of the UFM Community Learning Center, accepted the award.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman, Valerie Coltharp, and Linda Inlow Teener


    Creative Use of Technology Award

    This annual award recognizes ACHE members for their innovative uses of instructional and distance learning technologies in lifelong learning. Both credit and noncredit programs are eligible for nomination, as are uses of learning technology for student services, research, marketing, or administrative projects. California State University – Chico, Regional & Continuing Education, was recognized for their program Connect • Learn • Engage. Clare Roby accepted the award on behalf of Jeff Layne, Director of Chico Distance & Online Education.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman and Clare Roby


    Older Adult Model Program Award

    The Older Adult Model Program Award recognizes an ACHE member for a program or activity that provides outstanding learning opportunities and/or service to an older adult population. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University San Marcos is this year’s winner. Sherie Cambra, Program Administrator, and Wendy Evers, Executive Director of Program Development and Community Outreach accepted the award.

    ACHE 2015 President Regis Gilman, Sherie Cambra, and Wendy Evers


  • January 11, 2016 9:28 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    "Continuing Education Evolution Hits 'Home' in UW State System" by Mickey Baines was originally published at Fourth Dimension Partners.

    Higher education enrollment forces institutions to change and adaptContinuing education & adult program units are ignored until they creep into the realm of traditional programs - or until an institution needs their cash flow. And in this case, it was both.

    The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted to approve the ability of the UW Extension arm to officially grant degrees.

    The UW Extension has been building interest and demand in its competency based education courses, but couldn't award any degrees for its students. With the Board of Regents vote, that all changes. The UW Extension plans to roll out a four-year degree in business and management by the end of 2016.

    Many faculty and administrators across the state system have expressed concern about the decision. The fear is that the new degree programs the Extension may offer could create an internal competition for students and resources.Higher education enrollment forces institutions to change and adapt

    Why would the state system allow the Extension to award degrees for programs already offered at other campuses? For these two simple reasons: the plateauing of enrollment, and the inability of branch campuses to adapt and evolve. It's a story magnified by the scale of the state system, but one told by many small private institutions in recent history. 

    Click here to read the full post from Mickey...

  • December 11, 2015 9:41 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Paula HogardDear Colleagues,

    Greetings from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. It was wonderful to reconnect with old colleagues and to make new friends and strategic connections at the 77th Annual Conference and Meeting in St Louis. I would like to extend a personal thank you and congratulations for an outstanding conference to Dr. Regis M. Gilman, ACHE’s 2015 president; the conference co-chairs Pam Collins and Tina Marie Coolidge; and the entire 2015 Conference Planning Committee. I found the content this year to be outstanding, with the speakers and presenters some of the most knowledgeable in the field.

    And so we begin preparing for our 2016 Conference, which will take place October 17-19 at the historic Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. One of the first responsibilities for a new ACHE president is to decide on the theme for the upcoming year and annual conference. For me, this was not a difficult task. I am excited to announce that next year’s theme will be: "Innovation, Transformation and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future." The 2016 conference will demonstrate the many ways that continuing higher education professionals are leading initiatives within their institutions and responding to rapid technological changes, the demands of a knowledge-based economy, and the disruptive shifts of changing demographics and learner needs.

    Teaching, Research, and Service are the three primary functions for most universities. Service is the function that so often has to compete for attention and resources. We should not ignore the value and significant role that continuing education can play within our institutions in contributing to the well-being and improvement of the campus, community, state, nation, and even the world. For this reason, “Service” is included in the conference theme as we focus on how continuing education is responding to and meeting public service needs in the 21st century institution.

    It is evident to all of us working in higher education that “Innovation” has become the catchphrase for 21st century academic institutions. Nationally and globally, innovation drives productivity, economic growth, and job creation, and creates a need for individuals who possess both intellectual knowledge and the skills to put this knowledge to work. Alongside this is an emerging cross-generational demand for customized education experiences together with a desire to integrate life and workplace experience and education into a tailored learning process. Included in this is the need to validate learning that is occurring in the non-credit environment.

    Where is continuing education’s role in all of this? Increasingly we see our role and value being questioned within our institutions. Continuing to do what most of us are already doing is not going to work and may in fact result in our work being increasingly devalued. But if we can recognize and respond to the expanding and diverse knowledge needs that are emerging in this era of rapid technology gains and disruptive shifts in global markets, we will not only have a continuing role but a real opportunity for leadership. However, to be effective leaders within our organizations, we need to embrace new concepts, employ new tools, and form partnerships more appropriate for 21st century economies and societies.

    Mark October 17-19, 2016 on your calendar now, and then take the first step in joining us in New Orleans by submitting a proposal to present. Click here for details and guidelines for this year’s Call for Proposals, or visit our website at www.acheinc.org and look for the Call for Proposals announcement under the "Take Note" section on our homepage. As one St. Louis conference attendee shared with us, our 2015 Annual Conference was one of the most informative and well-run conferences she’d attended in years, so don’t miss out on this top-notch professional development opportunity.

    I am honored to represent the Association for Continuing Higher Education for the next year. If there‘s anything I can do to help you in your job or in your career, feel free to call me at 508-626-4034 or email me at phogard@framingham.edu. I look forward to meeting you at your regional conferences this coming spring to continue this conversation and to hear your thoughts on how ACHE can help you to continue to make a difference within our institutions, our communities, and to the lives of those we serve.

    I wish you and your loved ones a safe, peaceful, and joyous holiday season.


    Paula Hogard
    ACHE President, 2016


  • November 19, 2015 2:09 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)


    ACHE will hold it's first annual Emerging Leader Institute in Chicago, Illinois, June 13-16 on the campus of Loyola University Chicago. Announced during the ACHE Annual Conference in St. Louis, the Institute continues the association's commitment to investing in our collective expertise to engage in the ongoing development of continuing education leadership; mentoring new leadership with a combination of best practice and learning from the experience of seasoned professionals; and facilitating access to our international network of higher education experts.

    The inaugural 2016 Emerging Leader Institute enables our best and brightest, whether new to the CE field or new to leadership, to learn, network and dialogue with a full agenda of national experts, as well as engage in guided career development.

    Seminar Speakers include:
    • Rev. Michael Garanzini, SJ. Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago
    • Dr. Paul Leblanc. President, Southern New Hampshire University
    • Dr. Roger MacLean. Dean, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, University of Montana
    The Emerging Leader Institute will provide the opportunity to:
    • Meet leaders in higher education innovation for discussion of relevant, contemporary issues.
    • Network with other emerging continuing education leaders from across the country.
    • Sharpen focus on professional pathways in higher education.

    In this three-day institute, participants will attend sessions led by leaders in higher education, as well as supporting seminars for a combination of practical and theoretical approaches to professional development.

    Tuition:

    $1950 for ACHE Members ($2450 for Nonmembers), includes program, room and board.



    Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials for consideration in the 2016 ACHE ELI cohort:

    1) A 250-500 letter of introduction, providing background, including:

    • A short biography
    • Description of your current professional role, as well as your professional goals
    • Personal philosophy on higher education leadership

    2) A resume or CV

    3) A letter of recommendation from one of the following:

    • A direct supervisor
    • An ACHE colleague
    • A Dean, Provost or President

    4) Letter of support to finance participation in ELI from your institution, OR a letter stating your intention to personally finance participation



    Please submit materials to admin@acheinc.org by January 29, 2016.

    Questions? Please email Bill Boozang (bill.boozang@newbury.edu).

  • October 20, 2015 10:05 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)


    Each year, ACHE offers workshops and events that happen during the conference. There are so many, in fact, that it may all seem like a blur with so much that’s happening. This year, we’re trying something different. We’ve added a panel of experts who are going to ask a simple, but significant, question: what would they do if they were in charge?

    We've invited three panelists from companies that represent areas in which continuing education units often partner: CRM, research, and marketing. During this keynote panel, they will share effective practices they’ve seen in their university partners, challenges they have observed that their partners often face, and what they would do if they could change something in their organization. The goal: dig into what's real, explore what's holding schools back, and gather insights about which strategies these experts have seen work best.

    We asked Clare Roby, Associate Dean of Regional and Continuing Education at California State University- Chico, to give us a little insight to this controversial panel.


    What is the format of the panel?

    The panel moderator, Dr. Jim Pappas, will engage the audience in a Q & A format with the panelists. Each panelist has been invited to share some remarks as well, but the format is intended to address what the audience would like to hear from the panelists.

    What are some topics that the panel will cover?

    The panelists will speak to their experiences partnering with continuing education organizations in the areas of marketing research, customer relationship management, and learning management. The audience will hear about what makes a good partnership and what we in continuing education can do to invest in the most appropriate vendor relationships.

    ACHE hasn’t highlighted a panel event before. Why now? What makes this special?

    We have had panels in the past. The most recent I recall was a panel of military students last year. When we were thinking about keynote sessions for this year, we thought that hearing from companies who provide us with valuable services to learn how we can work with them better, what we’re doing well, and what we could change would be a good take-away for conference attendees. So many CE organizations are partnering with vendors for a variety of tools and services that knowing what to look for in a partner and how to get the most out of those investments is important.

    The speakers for this panel are Dr. Brenda Harms, Colin Irose, and Loren Pace.

    Dr. Brenda Harms is an experienced higher education administrator with a diverse marketing and admissions background. Her perspective on higher education marketing and recruitment is strengthened by her hands-on experience serving in both academic and administrative roles in higher education. During that time, she was also involved in the development and delivery of accelerated on-campus and online courses.

    Colin Irose has been working in the educational environment for over a decade across several areas, including: eportfolio initiatives, marketing/best practices/benchmarking research, and international student recruitment.

    Loren serves as CEO of CampusCE. Their enrollment management system is provided through a Software as a Service platform (SaaS) that enables institutions to electronically connect students, faculty, and administrators throughout the complex registration, academic scheduling, student relationship, and education management processes.


    This is sure to be an exciting panel, so hopefully we’ll see you there! What would YOU do if you were in charge?


  • October 11, 2015 11:42 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Regis M. GilmanDear Friends,

    ACHE’s 77th Annual Conference & Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri is only four short weeks away. We’re excited to see among those registered names both familiar and new, and we can’t wait to see you in St. Louis! The Conference Planning Committee has been working for months, even before last year’s conference in Las Vegas ended, planning an annual meeting that will provide networking opportunities, strategic connections, and celebrations of our collaborative successes. Our plans are for you to reconnect with old colleagues and to make the new, strategic connections that happen when we meet together, face-to-face, relaxing with and learning from each other.

    Certainly the biggest strength of any conference is the content. This year’s speakers and presenters are some of the most knowledgeable in the field, chosen specifically to inspire and engage. It is in professional retreats such as this where I know I can find and take away exemplars that I can use immediately and where I connect with colleagues who can assist me in challenging times. I know you will find the same.

    As we begin our 30-day countdown to meeting in St. Louis, I want to recognize and express my sincere appreciation to conference co-chairs Pam Collins and Tina Marie Coolidge along with the entire Conference Planning Committee for their dedication and commitment to the success of your 2015 Annual Conference & Meeting. I also want to thank my staff at Eastern Illinois University: Peggy Hickox, Peggy Brown, Cheryl Clapp, Diane Highland, Ryan Boske-Cox, and Bianca Tomlin. Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not include the staff of the ACHE Home Office: Dr. Jim Pappas, Ynez Henningsen, and through August of this year, Stan Khrapak, who have diligently worked behind the scenes to support the efforts of the Conference Planning Committee and me, making sure everyone had the necessary resources… many times even before they were asked.

    It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of ACHE this year, and to represent the association among peer associations. Before I hand the presidential gavel to President Elect Paula Hogard in St. Louis, I wanted to make sure to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for what you do for adult and non-traditional students in higher education. You, as leaders and practitioners in the field, have the vision, the knowledge, the wherewithal, and the experience to help strategically strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global economy.  As part of my presidential duties, I traveled throughout the spring, attending our regional meetings, where I got to meet many of you and learn first-hand the impact you are making across our regions for our students, our campuses, and our communities. With the post-traditional student population having grown to over 70%, what we do every day in our institutions is essential to the economic growth of our communities.  Where we used to lie at the periphery, we are now much nearer the center, invited into the conversations being had as the landscape of higher education shifts.

    Again, words cannot express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve as President of ACHE and to work in a profession with colleagues who daily make a difference in the lives of generations. Join me in St. Louis for an outstanding Annual Conference and Meeting, for professional development, for networking, for renewal, for Strategic Connections and Collaborative Success!

    Regis M. Gilman

    Regis M. Gilman
    ACHE President, 2015

  • September 29, 2015 7:27 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Dr. David Donathan will be joining us in St. Louis to discuss a hot topic that's on the minds of many student services and academic support professionals: how to best support the transition of military members from service to campus. His presentation will cover how to look beyond the ACE Military Guide and begin assessing military jobs and job performance for academic credit. 

    Veterans dedicate their lives to protect our nation and us. However, adjusting to civilian life can be difficult, especially when they apply to your institution.

    From servicemember...Does your institution struggle with transfer credits for veterans? Are ACE, AARTS, JST, EER, and OER foreign acronyms to you and your staff? Most reporting systems only evaluate formal military schooling. What about competency-based (experiential) credit?  

    The ACE Military Guide covers formal military training for service connected academic credit. However, no standard guide assesses credit for veterans that is comparable to institutional award of credit for life or work experience. Assessing performance in military assignments for academic credit is critical in fast tracking students with military service to degree completion.

    Many institutions of higher education already have a life/career experience for academic credit program available. In many cases this experiential credit can be requested through an evaluated portfolio system. 

    If you know some basic military terminology and how to read military documents for key evaluative points correlating military experience to course outcomes, you will be able to save veterans time on the way to their degree. In this session, you'll get not only get your "basic training," but you will also complete a hands-on exercise in evaluating military service from service records.

    ...to graduateThe session will be a “no frills” paper drill. Instead of a Powerpoint presentation, participants will be issued a document set of military forms and examples of course descriptions. We will walk through a discussion of how to evaluate the critical key components of military job descriptions and evaluation reports course outcomes to determine whether or not academic credit standards for career experience have been met. 

    In addition, participants will receive information on web sites that contain useful information on military training and schools recommendations, the military joint transcript program, and other helpful resources.

    ACHE Conference Presentation Details: 

    Session Title: Beyond ACE: Assessing Military Service for Academic Credit

    Time: Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm

    To discover more conference presentations relevant to you, view our conference schedule here

    Conference Presenter: 

    Bio: Dr. David Donathan has an extensive background in education, training and leadership. During his military career, he served in positions of increasing responsibility and authority, successfully completing tours of duty as a Combat Engineer squad leader; US Army instructor; US Army Drill Sergeant; Company Commander; NATO Staff Officer: and staff officer/training officer at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Training Center. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman University, and a PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University. He has over 40 years of experience in academic and career counseling/advising, has taught in both public and private schools, has been a Kentucky Governor’s Scholars faculty, and is currently the Administrative Coordinator for Elizabethtown Community & Technical College’s Springfield Campus.


    Each year, ACHE conference presenters find innovative ways to connect with their audience prior to the conference. Leading up to the event, presenters will share their outlooks on various continuing education topics by writing blog entries in order to provide informative insights about their presentations and the field.

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