Five Minutes with ACHE
Osborn’s Travels, or I’ve Been Everywhere, Man
As I mentioned in my last editorial for Five Minutes, one of the pleasures of this job is visiting the various ACHE regions and attending their conferences and meetings. Beginning in February, I have had a steady stream of ACHE travel. The meetings were outstanding, and I left them feeling very good about the leadership of the regions and the future of the organization. Most of my travelling is now complete, and I thought I’d put my English major training to use by reporting on them in verse. Because a rhyming dictionary is a terrible thing to waste.
First trip up was Oklahoma; Plane sat down after tornado.
Bag did not arrive with me, But did show up next day at three.
Spent the first day at OU,
An operation matched by few.
Great Plaines was a great success;
Record numbers; not much stress.
Next week Philly, planning meeting;
Lots of work, schedule completing.
Hotel, meeting space, location.
Conference has a strong foundation.
Mid-Atlantic, West Virginia,
Drove up in my new Miata.
Meeting packed with thoughtful sessions;
Till the president’s digressions.
Off to visit UCEA
As their guest, so didn’t pay
Any conference registration.
Good to meet the competition.
Time at home was very fleeting;
Next up the Midyear Board Meeting.
Accomplished quite a bit, I swear,
Despite the failings of the chair.
Then to region South, I came,
And had to drink a Hurricane.
With them shared some family pics;
They wondered if that kid was Rick’s.
The West met through technology
Successful—far as I could see.
Northeast Metro met concurrent,
Missing it a disappointment.
Then New England, in CT;
A place well steeped in history.
Top notch talk on marketing--
Among the best that I have seen.
Travelling—I’ve had my fill,
(But next week off to Nashville)
Meeting members—what a pleasure.
Something I will always treasure.
ACHE President announces reduced fees for new members
President Rick, with the approval of the ACHE Board of Directors, has announced a 50% reduction in fees and a waiver of the application fee for all new applicants through the remainder of 2009. Do you know someone in continuing higher education who you think would be interested in the colleagueship ACHE has to offer but who isn't currently a member? Let them know so they can take advantage of this opportunity today!
I know the poor economy has hurt continuing education operations. At the same time, I also know how vital it is to be connected to a professional network, to benchmark with best practices, to learn about new programs and activities, and to network with peers. I am pleased to announce that the ACHE Board of Directors has authorized me to offer new institutions ACHE membership at a reduced rate for 2009.
Until the end of this year, the normal $125 application fee for new institutional members will be waived. In addition, we will prorate the normal $495 annual dues to $250 since we are already a few months into the year.
For $250, then, you will have all the benefits of membership:
- Opportunities for networking with other adult continuing higher education professionals at the regional and national levels, as well as through web-based media,
- The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, ACHE’s peer-reviewed journal,
- Online access to the Journal,
- Access to the on-line membership directory and special interest discussion boards,
- Access to Annual Conference and Meeting Proceedings,
- Reduced registration fees for annual and regional conferences,
- Access to the ACHE Mentoring Program,
- Eligibility for Individual, Program and Network Awards,
- Eligibility for Grants and Scholarships, and
- Complimentary membership for your institution’s chief academic officer.
You can apply online by clicking on the Join Today link on the ACHE home page at www.acheinc.org.
ACHE is an organization of colleges, universities, and individuals dedicated to the promotion of lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. Approaching its 70th year of operation, ACHE has its roots in evening and adult student programs and has expanded to serve the entire spectrum of continuing higher education. ACHE’s culture is as valuable as its professional development and leadership opportunities. We are an organization that values friendship, networking, and collegiality. Our leaders come from a variety of institutions: community and technical colleges, small independent colleges, regional and large universities. ACHE prides itself on inclusion, information, and informality. For more information, take a look at the ACHE website at www.acheinc.org or feel free to contact me.
Rick Osborn, President
Association for Continuing Higher Education
Looking for Five Minutes submissions
Please send us articles on these or other topics of interest to continuing educators:
- Experiences in marketing a continuing education program
- The past and present of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- A profile of a unique continuing education program at your institution
- Experiences as a professor in adult continuing education
- Article or book reviews
Anything else you can think of that might be of interest to the ACHE membership!
Voting complete for ACHE Vice President and Board of Directors
The results of the 2009 election for ACHE Vice President and Board of Directors is as follows:
The leadership of ACHE would like to thank those who participated in this year's voting.
Registration for the 2009 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting is now open!
- A Night at the Constitution Center. Join your ACHE collegues for a pre-conference reception at the National Constitution Center, America's most interactive history museum. Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is the only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution and the story of we, the people.
- Four full days of speakers, concurrent sessions, and other events
Visit www.ushistory.org, a site hosted by the Independence Hall Assocation in Philadelphia, for extensive details on historic Philadalephia, including places to see, eat, shop and more.
Call for ACHE Research Grant applications
Deadline for submission: September 30, 2009
The purpose of the ACHE Research Grant is to promote the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education. Grants of up to $3,000 may be awarded.
ACHE members or doctoral students with sponsorship from ACHE are eligible to submit research grant proposals. Members of the Research Committee, national officers and Board members are not eligible to apply for a grant. The Research Committee urges ACHE members to assist the Committee in contacting current doctoral students and their submission of a grant application.
ACHE Research Grant proposals will be evaluated using criteria found here.
For further information and questions, please contact Dr. Thomas Fuhr, Acting Research Committee Chair at email@example.com or by phone 315-267-3089.
Journal for Continuing Higher Education
Call for Manuscripts is now open
The Journal of Continuing Higher Education is currently accepting manuscripts for the January-April 2010 issue and beyond and encourages ACHE members to write for publication. For best consideration for the January-April 2010 issue, manuscripts are requested by August 15.
The Journal considers two types of articles:
- Major articles—current research, theoretical models, conceptual treatments—of up to 7,000 words on:
· organization and administration of continuing higher education
· development and application of new continuing education program thrusts
· adult and nontraditional students
· continuing education student programs and services
· research within continuing higher education and related fields
Manuscripts should have both theoretical and practical implications.
- Best Practices” articles of up to 4,000 words. These “Best Practice” articles contain descriptions of new, innovative, and successful programs or practices. The programs or practices should be replicable and of significance to continuing education.
Manuscript submission guidelines are available online at http://www.acheinc.org/guidelines/JCHE_guide.pdf
. Potential authors should feel free to consult with JCHE editor Barbara Hanniford. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (216) 687-2149.
Please share this announcement with colleagues and graduate students who may be interested in submitting manuscripts to JCHE
. The Journal
has published outstanding graduate student work in the past.
ACHE West 2009 Spring Conference
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Noon to 4:30pm
Online via WIMBA
ACHE West held its annual conference Excellence and Access: Continuing Higher Education Across the West online via WIMBA on Thursday, May 7th, 2009. With travel budgets restricted for many western schools, the West Board took the opportunity to try a new approach for reaching out to the membership. Courtesy of Southern Utah University, the online conference was hosted free of charge.
Dr. William Sederburg, Utah Board of Regents, gave the keynote presentation. Dr. Rick Osborn joined the conference to discuss national ACHE news and Dr. Jim Pappas was also online from the national office at the University of Oklahoma. A panel consisting of Dr. Mernoy Harrison, Arizona State University; Dr. Skip Parks, California Polytechnic State University; Dr. Terry Ratcliff, Whitworth University; and Dr. Kevin Robinson, Southern Utah University discussed Creating Opportunity in a Climate of Reduced Resources. Sean Gallagher of Eduventures presented on current educational trends in the context of economic changes. The membership had the opportunity to discuss issues and opportunities at their institutions in an open forum session.
Meeting online was a new venture for the West and a good time was had by all! The Conference drew approximately 40 attendees.
View the conference presentations
New Regional Officers Welcomed
Many of our regions made changes to their regional officers during their regional meetings this spring. Take time today to drop them a line!
Ellen Ryder Griffin
Dean, Professional & Continuing Education
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106-1045
Phone: (603) 645-9789
Fax: (603) 645-9743
Phone: (603) 296-6374
Center for Continuing Studies
University of Connecticut
One Bishop Circle, Unit 4056
Phone: (860) 486-5713
Fax: (860) 486-5221
108 Amando Drive
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 868-9967
Chair: Elizabeth L. Oliver
Vice Chair: Maureen Behr
Treasurer: Valerie Blanchard
Secretary: Sanghamitra Choudhury
Program Chair: Jacqueline Corcoran
Membership Chair: Nicole Lawson
NY State Rep: Nina Leonhardt
Lebanon Valley College
101 N College Avenue Annville, PA 17003
|District of Columbia
University of Virginia
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
Dr. Tim Sanford
Prog. Chair UNC-Chapel Hill
CB# 1020, Friday Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1020
Dr. Linda Osoinach
University of Delaware
202 Clayton Hall Newark, DE 19716
University of Virginia
108 N. Jefferson St. - Suite 507
Roanoke, VA 24016
Dr. Judith Stang
School of Human Services
1007 Orange Street, Suite 500
Wilmington, DE 19801
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32054
Boone, NC 28608
Dr. Esther S. Powell
Winston-Salem State University
Suite 305, Office D
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
Dr. Jeffery Alejandro
East Carolina University
301 Self-Help Center
Greenville, NC 27858
Lebanon Valley College
101 N College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003
Assistant Prog. Chair
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014
Daniel W. Dowdy
Mary Baldwin College
108 North Jefferson Street – Suite 816 Roanoke, VA 24016-2426
Dr. Pamela Cutright
WVU Institute of Technology
Old Main, 405 Fayette Pike
Montgomery, WV 25136
Interdisciplinary Studies & Extended Education
Tennessee Technological University
Office of Extended Education
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931)-372-3394 Fax: (931)-372-3499
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
University of Georgia
1197 S Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602-3603
(706) 583-8264 Fax: (706) 542-1991
Connie G. Robertson
University of Kentucky
529 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
(859)257-1511 FAX: (859)257-4171
Ruth S. Bettandorff
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of UGA Gwinnett Campus
University of Georgia 2530 Sever Road
1197 S Lumpkin Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
678-985-6802 Fax: 678-985-6780
Coordinator of Continuing Education
Graduate & Continuing Studies
Delta State University
Kent Wyatt Hall, Suite 239
Cleveland, MS 38733
(662) 846-4700 FAX: (662) 846-4313
Coordinator of Online Faculty Evaluation
Associate Professor of Education
8700 NM River Park Dr
Parkville, Missouri 64152
Arizona State University Online and Extended Campus Student and Academic Support
Department of Continuing Studies
University of Oregon
Department of Continuing Education
California State University, Chico
Center for Regional and Continuing Education
University of Oregon
Department of Continuing Education
Utah Valley State College
Office of Extended Studies
Distance Education Director
Southern Utah University
Registration is now open for the 1oth Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference:
Pathways of Engagement: Connecting Civic Purpose to Learning and Research - Locally and Globally September 28-30, 2009
The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel on The University of Georgia Campus in Athens, Georgia
Reduced rates for early registration are available now through September 1, 2009.
Register now online by clicking here.
Who should attend this conference?
- Faculty members interested in connecting their disciplinary expertise to the needs of communities through the scholarship of engagement, engaged research, or student service-learning projects.
- University leaders interested in discussing structural issues and incentives to expand and strengthen the engagement of their institutions with communities, locally and globally.
- Students who are connecting their learning to the needs of communities through service-learning projects.
- Community members who are working to increase university engagement.
Visit the Scholarship Conference Web site for more information on speakers, the conference schedule, and more!