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  • May 11, 2017 9:22 AM | Kelli Smith

    Dear Colleagues,

    Another academic year is winding down, which means our energy levels are up and things are busier than ever (just when we thought things could never get any busier!) Yet here we are at that time when the seasons turn another corner, our academic calendars turn another page, and teaching-advising-marketing-budgeting-enrolling-developing-evaluating-researching-and-meeting turn into celebrations of student success. For many of us, the end of spring is also a time for both reflecting and looking ahead. 

    Storyteller KimWeitcamp delivered an inspiring keynote presentation about the power of story at the 2016 national conference in New Orleans. She also made an encore appearance at the ACHE South Regional Conference in Memphis last month. Listening to Kim share her stories was an entertaining and educational experience. From her, we learned that stories tap into our emotions and help us frame the way we think and feel. Stories help us manipulate with positive intentions, whether it’s to move a perspective student to apply for that degree program that will open doors to a new career or reinforce with our campus colleagues the tremendous value CE brings to our institutions. Stories help us learn and put new information into perspective and make sense of how we experience our work and our world. Stories inspire and delight.

    As you reflect on what you’ve accomplished this year, I encourage you to tell your stories. Tell the story of how you and your organization did something no one else thought you could do. Tell the story of how the programs you work so hard to develop and deliver have helped transform lives. Tell the story of your amazing students who achieve their goals despite daunting odds. And tell the story of flexibility, determination, and responsiveness that are the hallmarks of our teams.

    And if you’re looking for a great way to share your story, consider submitting a proposal for the 2017 annual conference in Portland! The Call for Proposals is open, and we’d love to hear your stories and help you celebrate what makes you and your organization proud!

    As things start to settle after the mortar boards have been tossed and you’ve dusted off your academic regalia, look ahead to the next year and plan to join us in Portland October 23-25 for the 79th Annual Conference where you can hear more stories be delighted and inspired by your network of colleagues! Registration is open, and details about the program will be posted as the story unfolds……

    Stay tuned and stay in touch!

    Clare Roby

    ACHE President, 2017

  • April 14, 2017 3:49 PM | Kelli Smith

    Earlier in April, ACHE MidAtlantic held their 2017 Spring Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia titled “Degree Completion and Retention: Stopping the Revolving Door.” Attendees and presenters explored best practices and strategies in encouraging degree completion and improving student retention. Concurrent session and workshop topics included a first-semester course designed to help adult students be successful, international student participation, supporting veterans, student success coaching, career pathways, peer-review writing workshops, strategies for resolving student loan issues, and faculty coaching.

    Dr. Kristie Crumley, Senior Director of Student Engagement and Completion at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Crumley shared her retention and completion success stories from her work at Carroll, as well as from her prior experience teaching high school and college math. During the keynote, Dr. Crumley spoke about four main points within the road to degree completion including connection, entry, progress, and completion. Focusing on progress within a student’s journey, she explained the importance of providing impactful co-curricular experiences to engage adult students. As adult students already have social networks and responsibilities outside of school, these experiences need to present a professional opportunity in order to be successful.  

    Another highlight of the conference was a panel discussion titled “Voices of Experience: From the History Books” involving a discussion of success stories from the trenches of higher education, as well as candid comments about programs and practices that were not as effective. Panelists included Dr. Regis Gilman, Executive Director, Office of Continuing Studies, East Carolina University, Dr. Linda Osoinach, Sr. Business Administrator, Division of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Delaware, and Dr. Joseph “Joe” Segilia, Director of Outreach, Continuing Education, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

  • April 07, 2017 9:02 AM | Kelli Smith

    The 2017 ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting Planning Committee invites members and friends of the Association to submit proposals for conference sessions that will inspire attendees to imagine the many ways that continuing higher education transforms lives and enriches our world. We seek conference presentations that demonstrate how we lead within our institutions, how we meet professional development and lifelong learning needs, how we address the demands of a knowledge-based economy and the imaginative and powerful ways we navigate the sometimes disruptive and always exciting world of continuing higher education.

    Imagine joining us in Portland, Oregon, October 23-25 as a conference presenter!

    Imagine the power of sharing your victories and challenges! 

    Imagine the opportunity to showcase what you’ve learned and helping your network of professional colleagues benefit from your experience! 

    Imagine the networking, resources, and opportunity for professional development!

    Imaging helping us create an exceptional conference program that features your programs, your strategies, your research, your students, your faculty, your successes and the secrets to those successes!

    Are you imagining the possibilities? The Call for Proposals is now open. Check it out!

    For more information about the 79th ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting, click here.

  • March 25, 2017 12:30 PM | Kelli Smith

    This spring is a great time to get involved in ACHE. With all the possible opportunities ACHE has to offer, there is something you can do to get involved with the Association.

    1) Regional Leadership Positions
    Several regions are currently seeking nominations for leadership roles. Leadership positions at the regional level provide a great opportunity to deepen the value of your experience in ACHE. Currently, the Great Lakes Region, Northeast Metropolitan Region, South Region, and West Region are looking for volunteers. Click here for more information.

    2) Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee
    ACHE is looking for volunteers for the Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee. The purpose of this committee is to build membership through effective recruitment activities and to retain members through effective services. If you are interested, click here for more information or contact Nina Barbee, ACHE Home Office Operations Manager, at

    3) Research Committee
    ACHE is looking for volunteers for the Research Committee. This committee plays an important role in improving the quality of programming and services ACHE provides to its members. If you are interested, click here for more information or contact Amy Johnson, Research Committee Chair, at

    4) 2017 Conference Planning Committee
    The 2017 Conference is currently seeking dedicated and enthusiastic members to be part of creating a memorable event in Portland, October 23-25. This committee is a great way to get involved, meet new people, and be a part of the Association’s flagship annual event. For more information, click here or contact Nina Barbee, ACHE Home Office Operations Manager, at

    5) Sign up to attend any of the upcoming regional conferences or the Annual Conference & Meeting!
    The MidAtlantic Regional Conference and the South Regional Conference are coming up as well as the Annual Conference & Meeting in October. Check out the events by clicking here.

  • March 20, 2017 4:58 PM | Kelli Smith

    The ACHE home office would like to warmly welcome the Executive Vice President for ACHE and Interim Vice President for Outreach at the University of Oklahoma, Belinda P. Biscoe, Ph.D.

    "Thank you for this tremendous opportunity to serve as Executive Vice President for ACHE while hosting the home office. I have been a long-time supporter of this remarkable national association and look forward to working with you to continue this meaningful work as reflected in our vision to be dedicated to the promotion of lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education through professional development, collegiality, and service as a means to enhance and improve society. I am excited for the future and for the possibilities it will afford us!" 
    - Belinda P. Biscoe, Ph.D.

    Trained as a research psychologist, Biscoe has nearly 30 years of experience with school- and community-based programs, including higher education as an administrator, researcher, and program developer. Among her areas of expertise are research and evaluation, administration and program development in higher education and common education, including school improvement and reform and early literacy, grant writing, diversity in the workplace, youth development, and substance abuse prevention and treatment. As Interim Vice President, she bears responsibility for over thirty-one program units employing close to 600 professionals. These departments focus on programs in higher education, common education, including early childhood, juvenile justice, disability education and training, social justice and human relations, executive training and team development, health and human services, public radio, social justice, American Indian education and health, research and evaluation, and substance abuse prevention.

    Her strengths in working with large systems through partnerships, and helping them to reform and build capacity, are demonstrated in her work in education and the community, and have been the hallmark of her career. She is a national leader in the quest to aid local communities in their school programs, especially those designed to aid the disadvantaged. For three decades she has performed heroically as an administrator, a researcher, and an advocate for reaching out to disadvantaged youth, families, and communities. She is truly a systems thinker who sees how concepts and ideas link together, resulting in new learning and innovations.

    Dr. Biscoe's collaborative spirit has been acknowledged by her appointment to the Regional Educational Laboratory – Southwest (REL Southwest) Board of Directors (2005-2012), where she served as Chair from 2010-2011.  Additionally, she was appointed from 2011-2013 to serve on ED’s National Advisory Board for the Office of Special Education (OSEP). She was appointed to an Educational Research Board for the Texas State Education Agency in 2008 by the Texas Commissioner of Education. 

    Prior to her time at OU, Dr. Biscoe worked for eight years in the Oklahoma City Public School District as a senior research associate and Director for Federal and State Programs focusing on areas such as bilingual education, homeless education, safe and drug free schools, Indian Education, Title I, and Community Education. As a researcher, practitioner, and competitive grant writer, Dr. Biscoe has been able to blend scientific rigor successfully to TA work resulting in numerous awards. Her grant writing skills have resulted in over $150,000,000 in funding to the state of Oklahoma. She is co-founder of Eagle Ridge Institute, a non-profit, community-based drug and alcohol and treatment prevention agency and founder of Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless youth and their families. She has received numerous awards, including the 2004 University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Award for Continuing Education Professionals, Kansas City, MO, recipient of the Journal Record Award for 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma (Spring 2005), and the Adella Robertson National University Continuing Education Award, San Diego, California (Spring 2006). In 2015, for her significant contributions in education and the community, Dr. Biscoe was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for Higher Education.

  • March 10, 2017 4:57 PM | Kelli Smith

    The Association for Continuing Higher Education invites your participation in the

    2017 ACHE Emerging Leader Institute

    June 20-22, 2017 at Loyola University Chicago

    We are extending the deadline to
    Monday, March 13, at 12:00 p.m.

    $1,950 for ACHE members ($2,450 for non-members)
    for program and on-site housing

    Featuring higher education thought leaders, addressing topics which in
    clude cultivating a career; working with senior leadership; crisis management; and visionary change leadership in continuing education.

    Speakers include: Kelly Otter, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University

    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 to higher education.

    While at the Loyola University Watertower Campus, make sure to check out the nearby art, dining, and shopping on the Gold Coast!

    Please submit the following materials for consideration in the 2017 ACHE ELI cohort and email to

    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:
        ● A direct supervisor
        ● An ACHE colleague
        ● A Dean, Provost or President

    4) A letter of support to finance participation in ELI from your institution or a letter stating your intention to personally finance participation. 

  • March 03, 2017 4:30 PM | Kelli Smith

    30th Annual
    National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education
    May 30 - June 3, 2017
    Fort Worth Convention Center

    The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at The University of Oklahoma Outreach has played an active role in addressing issues of social justice and equity since its founding in 1961. To address a surge of racist incidents occurring on campuses across the nation, the Center launched the first annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) in 1988. Since its inception, NCORE has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural and multidisciplinary forum which attracts faculty, professional staff, administrators and student leaders. NCORE 2016 was attended by more than 3,400 participants representing over 1,000 institutions in the higher education community.

    Today, NCORE is the leading, most significant and comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education, focusing on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to create inclusive higher education environments, programs, and curriculum; improve campus racial and ethnic relations; and expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations. NCORE creates within the space of five days a community for individuals and campus teams to work collaboratively under the guidance, tutelage and expertise of recognized and effective scholars, practitioners and change makers.

    This year, NCORE 2017 will commemorate thirty years of service to the higher education community with a conference program featuring more than 300 sessions that will focus campus professionals and student leaders on the issues of race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sovereignty, immigration status, and intersectionality. 

    Conference Participants Include:

    • Senior administrative officers at both campus and system levels
    • Academic affairs administrators, deans, department chairs, and teaching faculty
    • Directors and staff of offices of affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and minority affairs
    • Professionals in virtually all campus activity/service areas, including admissions, student life, financial aid, personnel, public safety, alumni affairs, and athletics
    • Representatives of state and national institutes, associations, agencies, commissions, and foundations
    • Students and leaders of student organizations representing 20% of 2016 participants
    • Representatives of community-based agencies and organizations

    Enrollment is open for this year’s conference, with information about times, fees, and sessions available at

  • February 24, 2017 2:56 PM | Kelli Smith

     Dear Colleagues,

    My fellow ACHE members, ask not how boldly this reference to a famous JFK quote is being used to catch your attention, ask both what ACHE can do for you AND ask what you can do for ACHE. 

    Here’s an update on some of the things ACHE can do for you…

    ACHE Regional Conferences
     are underway, bringing additional networking and professional development opportunities closer to your door. Last week, the Great Lakes Region partnered with the Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education for a regional meeting in Chicago focused on Persistence, Perseverance and Success in Continuing Education. Next week, ACHE West is convening in San Francisco to Innovate, Create, and Elevate. In April, the MidAtlantic region will explore Degree Completion and Retention: Stopping the Revolving Door in Virginia Beach, followed by ACHE South’s Treading our Crossroads Today: Marching our Pathways Tomorrow in Memphis. If you haven’t yet registered for your regional conference, consider doing so today!

    Enrollment is now open for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Institute that will be held in Chicago, June 20-22. If you or someone you know would like to sharpen practical leadership skills and learn about visionary change leadership in continuing education, ELI is for you!

    The ACHE mentorship program is in the process of identifying mentors and protégées to begin a formal mentoring experience designed to pair experienced CE professionals with up and coming professionals. If you are interested and want to learn more, please contact Dr. Terry Ratcliff at

    Access the Journal for Continuing Higher Education for reporting and exchange of ideas based on research, observations, and experience relevant to our field.

    Check out ACHE’s webinar catalog for recorded presentations in a wide variety of topics, from recruitment to competency-based education to publishing and more.

    Nominate a person, program, or marketing campaign for an award. The 2017 award call for nominations will open in March, so be thinking about what contributions you and your institution make to the advancement of continuing higher education and let them shine!

    Here’s what you can do for ACHE: Get Involved!

    Leadership positions at the regional and national level provide a great opportunity for ACHE members to deepen the value of their ACHE experience. Several regions are currently seeking nominations or leadership roles, and the ACHE national elections will be coming up later this spring. 

    Being part of an ACHE committee is another way you can get involved and make a difference. We need all the hands we can get to do the work of the Association, and committees are a great way to network, contribute, and explore opportunities. 

    The 2017 Conference Planning Committee is currently seeking dedicated and enthusiastic members to be part of creating a memorable event in Portland October 23-25. We have a great team shaping up and would love to have more people to join the fun. This committee is an extraordinary way to get involved, meet new people, and be part of the Association’s flagship annual event.  If conference planning isn’t your cup o’ tea, consider being part of our Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee or the Research Committee. 

    No matter what skills and interests you have, you can get involved! For more information and to sign up, please visit and ask what you can do for ACHE!

    Clare Roby
    ACHE President, 2017

  • February 17, 2017 2:52 PM | Kelli Smith

    2017 ACHE Conference and Meeting

    October 23 - 25, 2017

    Portland, Oregon

    Theme: IMAGINE

    Call for Proposals COMING SOON!

  • December 15, 2016 6:34 PM | Anonymous

    Dear ACHE Colleagues,

    As we wrap up the fall semester and gear up for the holidays, we have much to appreciate and anticipate.

    We are poised for a seamless transition in the ACHE Home Office when Dr. Pappas retires at the end of this month. The infrastructure and support from the University of Oklahoma that has served us so well is still in place, and we enthusiastically anticipate a smooth road moving forward. I’m delighted to introduce the new Home Office team!

    Dr. Belinda Biscoe, Associate Vice President University of Oklahoma Outreach Division of Public & Community Services, assumes the role of ACHE Executive Vice President on January 1. Belinda brings to ACHE’s Home Office a wealth of experience in continuing higher education and a delightfully collaborative and thoughtful leadership style. More information about her career and areas of expertise (and dare I say passion!) please take a peek at her bio.

    Dr. Nina Barbee will assume the role of Operations Manager & Executive Secretary. Nina has been active in ACHE for a number of years, including serving as Chair of the Great Plains Region during her previous roles at OU as Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Outreach and Dean of the College of Liberal Studies, Manager of Special Projects, and a member of the OU faculty. Nina has been working closely with Rebekah Law, our Interim Operations Manager, so when the time comes for Rebekah to return to her position in the OU Outreach IT team, we’ll feel nary a bump in the road as we move forward ACHE’s work.

    Dr. Pappas served ACHE brilliantly for the past eight years, and he asked that I express to you his thanks for the opportunity to serve and support the Association. He will continue to be part of the ACHE team as he works with Dr. Biscoe in the transition. He will undoubtedly be invited to be part of ACHE’s ongoing work as an expert contributor, sage resource, and friend. And as we’ve already said many times and in many ways, merry retirement and many thanks to you, Dr. Pappas, from all of us at ACHE! 

    I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and restorative good cheer!

    Clare Roby

    ACHE President, 2017

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