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Institute Goals

The ACHE Emerging Leaders Institute is designed to provide professional development and leadership training to continuing education professionals. Institute participants will:

  • Identify and refine their professional goals;
  • Receive one on one feedback from higher education leaders regarding their career trajectory and pathways toward achieving their professional goals;
  • Learn about trends and transformation on the horizon for higher education;
  • Engage in intensive leadership training for higher education professionals;
  • Network with other emerging continuing education leaders from across the country;

What happens at ELI?

The Institute begins on Tuesday, June 19th with an opening reception. The reception will help you get to know the other members of your ELI cohort and to meet ACHE Leaders.

The first two days of the institute are full days of leadership training. We’ll meet from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Speakers for the first two days may include Dr. Regina Lewis from the Center for Creative Leadership, Dr. Sean Gallagher, author of the Future of University Credentials, and Nick Emerita, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Execution at Southern New Hampshire University.

Day Three of the institute is a half-day event (8:45 – Noon) and will offer participants an opportunity to apply what they have learned and make plans for their future development.

Application Deadline
May 1, 2018

QUESTIONS? Please feel free to reach out to either
Amy Johnson at and/or
Dorothy Williams at

Why should I apply or send an employee to ELI?

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a premier leadership opportunity for the ACHE community. ELI attendees in the past have ranged from deans to coordinators. But what they all have had in common is the desire to grow personally and professionally in continuing higher education. ELI participants develop and create their own brand of the leadership throughout the institute. Participants learn about policies and issues facing continuing education. Participants will develop tools, skills, and strategies to solve complex problems and how to lead units and teams through complex issues. Participants will also create a network with other ELI participants which will include mentors. The learning and networking for these participants will continue even after ELI comes to an end.

See what others have to say about ELI

Annie Baghdayan
National Center for Disability Education and Training, University of Oklahoma Outreach

Erin Crisp
Director of Assessment in College of Adult and Professional Studies, Indiana Wesleyan University

Kiel Norris
Continuing Education Manager,
University of Georgia



Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Tuition: $1,600

Hotel and Flight

Flights, hotel and travel expenses are not included in the ELI price. However, we do have a room block for attendees at $200.00 a night. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Loyola University downtown campus where ELI will be held.


Some ACHE regions might be providing scholarships to members. These scholarships might cover a small cost to attend ELI. In return, some regions might ask that the ELI participant serve on a committee in that region for the coming year.

Conference Photo Policy

Registrants of ACHE events agree to allow ACHE and its official photographer to photograph them in the context of the conference. Images and footage captured by the official ACHE photographer may be used in future print and electronic promotional and archival materials. For questions or concerns, please call 800-807-2243 or email

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