Five Minutes with ACHE

June/July 2011

A Message from the President

Image of ACHE president Tish Szymurski

Happy July! I hope this note finds you in the middle of a fun and enjoyable summer.

I was very fortunate to begin my summer with ACHE at a wonderful conference with the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) in the beautiful city of Toronto. I was struck by the similarities of our associations—most especially the camaraderie and warm welcome from colleagues. With the theme of "Sense and Sustainability: Enlightenment, Economics, Environment," sessions and keynotes covered information and challenges very much like our own. Mimi Marrocco and her colleagues at the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto marked their 25th anniversary with the conference. Mimi – along with departing President, Maureen MacDonald, and current President, Harvey King – hosted an extraordinary meeting and strengthened our collaboration. Also at CAUCE, I had the pleasure of talking with Jim Shaeffer, current President of UPCEA. With Harvey, Jim will attend ACHE’s 2011 Annual Conference in Orlando and join the Annual President's Panel to continue our tradition of meaningful dialogue and collaboration. I am grateful for such support and colleagueship!

I have not been alone in my ACHE travels! In early June, ACHE Vice President David Grebel participated on an Association Leadership panel at the Eduventures annual member meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Along with David were John Flores, CEO, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA); Robert Hansen, CEO, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA); Jolanta Juszkiewicz, Research Director, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU); and Frank Mayada, Senior Advisor, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The discussion covered online learning, federal regulations, alternative credentialing, and the long term outlook for continuing education. Thank you, David, for representing us!

My trip to Toronto marked my final ACHE excursion. As travels end, conference planning remains in full force. This planning has engaged several professional associations for significant roles at our 2011 conference in Orlando. The Commission on Accelerated Programs (CAP) will become our Network on Accelerated Programs and also offer a certification program as an additional professional development opportunity for our members. A national certification in coaching is yet another option. Such certifications will begin the day before the conference as add-ons and conclude through online venues after the conference. Watch the website and your email inbox for details. Sessions to help us consider and improve our professional practices are confirmed, along with keynotes focused on sustainable leadership and innovation and a featured presentation from a local theme park---hmmmmm! To provide us with balance, the program, social events, and networking have been thoughtfully planned. Also, plan to see many of our past presidents play active roles throughout the program!

In addition to taking a more active role in this year’s conference, many of our ACHE Past Presidents will reengage as part of a strategic planning initiative. As we have known for the past several years, our focus on the national agenda will no doubt remain critical to our success and sustainability. During the most recent spring board meeting, members agreed to organize the Council of Past Presidents around ongoing activities and to lead dialogue focused on the opportunities and challenges that we face as continuing educators. We stand on the shoulders of our past presidents. Their contributions, knowledge, and expertise remain needed and most respected. Dr. Roxanne Gonzales is leading this initiative, so look for more in the coming months. Many thanks to Roxanne, the Orlando planning team, and all who are involved in our ACHE initiatives! Your time, energy, and commitment to our field are most appreciated.

Time is flying, and before we know it we'll be at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, thinking boldly about our future! Watch the website for conference details as they filter in over the next several weeks.

I hope you have a wonderful summer.
More to come…stay tuned!


People visiting around a table during the CAUCE conference.
Many thanks to Maureen and Mimi for their warm welcome to CAUCE

Words From the Home Office

ACHE participating in talks on federal regulation of distance learning

Here at the ACHE home office, we have recently received questions from members about how ACHE is participating in the discussion surrounding the federal regulation of distance and online learning. I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know that the ACHE board of directors and executive committee have been in talks with the American Council on Education (ACE) regarding their lobbying efforts against two sections of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act. Particular thanks go out to ACHE president Tish Szymurski and member-at-large and vice president elect Brian Van Horn for their ongoing engagement on this issue.

As many of you know, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced legislation to block two highly problematic components of the recent Higher Education Reauthorization Act. In June, the House introduced H. R. 2117, which would repeal § 600.2, which creates a federal definition of a credit hour, and § 600.9, which calls for state-by-state regulation of any institution of higher learning that serves a state's students. Just recently, the Senate introduced S. 1297, which "seeks to preserve institutional and state authority relating to state authorization and the definition of a credit hour." You can read the letter that ACE president Molly Corbett Broad sent to The Honorable Virginia Foxx, the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on June 10, 2011 here.

The leadership of ACHE will continue to participate in discussions with key higher education leadership as the process of repealing sections 600.2 and 600.9 continues. Stay tuned...

Jim Pappas
ACHE Executive Vice President

Summit on the Future of Online Learning planned

ACHE, UPCEA, Sloan-C and Educause are in the planning stages of a "Summit on the Future of Online Learning" to be held September 15-16 at the Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago Graham School in Chicago, Illinois. Speakers and panelists will include Roxanne Gonzales and Jim Pappas of ACHE; Frank Mayadas of Sloan-C; Robert Hansen of UPCEA; Ray Schroeder; Russ Poulin of WCET; and more. More information will be coming soon.

ACHE Welcomes...

New Institutional & Organizational Members

  • Lewis University
  • National Resource Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Arcadia University
  • The University of Montana
  • Rosemont College

New Professional, Student, and Retiree Members

  • Gail Goulet
  • Sheila Thomas
  • Joan Stephens
  • Shannon Strickland
  • Donna Hedges
  • Shane Corsetti
  • M. Joanne Kantner
  • Mingsheng Dai
  • Katherine Crapo
  • Johanna Rasmussen
  • Laurel Dodds
  • TinaMarie Coolidge

We look forward to meeting you all our upcoming annual conference or at one of our 2012 spring regional conferences!

Submitting to Five Minutes

If you have something to contribute to Five Minutes on topics of interest to continuing educators, please let us know. This is a great opportunity to share what you know with the membership of ACHE! – how to submit...

We are always interested to hear about success stories in continuing education, things that your units are doing to change the lives of adult students. In addition, we are always looking for articles on the following topics:

  • Experiences in marketing a continuing education program
  • A profile of a unique continuing education program at your institution
  • Experiences as a professor in adult continuing education
  • Article or book reviews


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News from the Association

Results of the 2011 election for vice president and board of directors

Ruth Bettandorff
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Tim Sanford
Tim Sanford
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Judy Stang
Judy Stang
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ACHE 2011 Conference LogoACHE 2011 Annual Conference & Meeting

October 13-15, 2011
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel

This year's conference venue is the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek located on the edge Disney World in sunny Orlando, Florida. The group rate for this year's conference is $169 per night. Learn more about reserving your room...

Planning to attend or exhibit? Want to bring a guest or the whole family? Early Registration is now open! You can print the registration form or get registered online. Visit our Exhibitor or Attendee registration pages for details on pricing.

  Details about our concurrent sessions are now available.  

Orlando isn't just about Disney! There's so much to see and do in and around the Orlando area, from theater and fabulous eateries to beaches and gardens. Check out our updated Activities page for more details. Know of an activity we should put on our Activities page? Email us at admin@acheinc.org.

Call for submissions to the Journal for Continuing Higher Education

The Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE) announces a Call for Manuscripts for its upcoming issues. For best consideration for the Winter 2011 issue, manuscripts should be received by July 15, 2011.

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The Journal of Continuing Higher Education 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 demonstrate implications for both the
theory and practice of continuing higher education.

  • “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.

JCHE strives to support continuing higher education by serving as a forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and the experience relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall. JCHE is published by Routledge.

Manuscript submission guidelines are available online at or through ACHE’s website.

Potential authors should feel free to consult with JCHE editor James Broomall, University of Delaware. He can be reached at jbroom@udel.edu or (302) 831-2795.

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.

Regional News & Reminders

Updates from the regions...

  • ACHE Northeast has a new acting chair. Tom Fuhr agreed to take on the position when former chair Alison Christopher stepped down earlier this summer. The home office wishes to thank Alison for all of her hard work over the last couple of years!
  • ACHE South and ACHE MidAtlantic have recently placed their spring meeting photos on their pages. Take a look and see who you might know!

The Learning Corner

Welcome New Members

We will be taking some time in each edition of Five Minutes this year to profile ACHE members who joined the association during the last year. We're excited to learn a little bit about these new faces and hope you will be as well.

Rochelle Caroon-SantiagoName: Rochelle Caroon-Santiago Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Institution: University of the Incarnate Word

Personal/Professional Interests: Teaching is my passion, it is my philosophy to focus on the learner in a holistic sense; providing support, academic challenges, and encouragement as to advance them toward achieving both intellectual and life goals. I also enjoy the creative processes involved with research and writing.

My personal interests include spending time with my family, traveling and running; I have completed in seven marathons including the Boston Marathon.

Areas of Responsibility: (1) Psychology Coordinator, Extended Academic Programs;
(2) Curriculum development and oversight; (3) Course designer; (4) Chairperson, Extended Academic Programs Curriculum Committee; (5) Member, Extended Academic Programs Strategic Planning Committee.

Thoughts on ACHE: Student demographics at universities and colleges are rapidly changing throughout the United States. I am pleased to be a new ACHE member and hope to contribute to the continued growth and development of non-traditional adult learners and the field of continuing higher education.  I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with, and learn from colleagues who share my desire to advance adult learning!

Image of Thomas Sabbagh Name: Sherree' L. Anderson, M.B.A.
Title: Director, Finn Center Office of Professional Development
Institution/Organization: Notre Dame College

Personal/Professional Interests: In my personal time I love to read, exercise, volunteer with various local non-profit agencies, spend time with family and hang out with friends. My affiliations with the below listed groups are a reflection of my interests and allow me the opportunity to come in contact with others that share my same passions.

Affiliations and Linkages:
~ Ohio Continuing Higher Education Association
~ Tech-Savvy Women of Cleveland
~ National Association of Professional Women
~ Cleveland Bridge Builders (Class of 2007)
~ American Society of Training and Development
~ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc
~ Jack and Jill of America, Inc. – Cleveland Chapter
~ The Links, Inc. - Western Reserve Chapter

Areas of Responsibility: In addition to new business development, I also have the responsibility of managing projects and initiatives related to the delivery of our:

  • Certificate Programs in Intelligence Analysis
  • Certificate Programs in Allied Health
  • Certificate Programs in Sports and Athletics
  • Courses approved for State of Ohio Teacher License Renewal

I am also a member of what is known at Notre Dame College as the President's Council. The President's Council consists of our college president, vice presidents, and a subset of our directors. This group is responsible for setting and carrying out the strategic goals/objectives of the college.

Thoughts on ACHE: Through my involvement with ACHE I hope to grow in the field of learning solutions for our adult population. I have spent the majority of my career in corporate America. Not to sound like a cliché but these are exciting times for our profession. I am interested in dialogue with others regarding ways in which we can advance what we do to best serve the needs of our communities.

From the Wide World of Continuing Education

Summer Academe editorial board announces call for submissions

Submission deadline: September 1, 2011

The editorial board of Summer Academe: A Journal of Higher Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for their 2012 edition. Summer Academe will be published annually in an online format with the first issue of the "renewed" journal expected in early 2012.

Summer Academe is a professional journal published jointly by The North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS), along with the Association of University Summer Sessions (AUSS), the North Central Conference on Sumer Sessions (NCCSS), and the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA). It has provided university and college administrators, deans and directors of summer sessions, and faculty involved in teaching and programming in summer sessions with a source of current research and best practices in summer session administration and pedagogy since 1998.

Click to view submission requirement and details.

4th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

Merlot logosloan-C logoA joint symposium of The Sloan Consortium and MERLOT
July 11-13, 2011
The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California

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Planning to attend the Symposium in San Jose?

Affected by travel restrictions?  Join us as a Virtual attendee!

Does your university continue to restrict your travel budget? Our virtual attendee option provides the opportunity for individuals to attend select sessions of the conference via live webcast services for $109. Register Now for the Individual Virtual Attendee option!

Why choose the virtual attendee option?

  • Participate despite schedule or budget restraints.  If you schedule or budget does not allow for the trip or your institution does not support travel to conferences at this time, the virtual attendee option provides a full-scale online experience.
  • Virtual schedule provides excellent breadth and depth program offering. A selection of sessions will be broadcast live, including the keynote and plenary sessions, featured sessions, select information sessions, and select vendor showcase sessions. View the full schedule of live-streamed sessions here.
  • View live webcast or on-demand recordings.  Onsite and virtual option attendees have access to on-demand recordings of the sessions for up to one year post-conference at no additional cost.
  • Be a true participant of the conference. Special attention is paid to integrate the onsite event with the virtual event. Virtual attendees will be able to post questions in each session and have access to discussion forums.

We are currently offering a “Buy 2, get 1 FREE” promotion for individual virtual attendee registrations. This offer is only valid on individual virtual attendee registrations.  To take advantage of this offer, complete this registration form (pdf) and email to conference@sloanconsortium.org or fax 888-898-6209.

There is also an Institutional Virtual Attendee Package (access to streamed sessions for up to 100 seats or 30 screens for attendees from 1 institution) available for a flat fee of $500.  Institutions interested in this option may contact RT Brown at rtbrown@sloanconsortium.org for additional details.

17th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online LearningImage of the Sloan-C logo

November 9-11, 2011

Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology
November 9-11, 2011
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

The theme of this year’s conference is “Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology.” It’s clear we are witnessing rapid and ongoing changes in how we communicate and represent ideas and these changes have profound consequence for how we know, learn, think, and teach in higher education and beyond. The dizzying pace of change is evident as established conventions of online education are now challenged by emerging means of access, such as mobile and cloud computing, new forms of communication such as video streaming and real-time information networks, and innovative modes of participation represented in new social media. Millions of online students are at the forefront of this evolving landscape and it’s crucial we gain a clear understanding of pedagogies, policies, and practices that leverage the new media ecology to support our students learning.

Our understanding needs to be rooted in solid research that can promote best practices. We are confident that this year’s conference will create opportunities for learning, networking, and sharing that will make this a reality. Our keynote and plenary speakers each have a unique perspective on the promises and pitfalls of the new media ecology. Lee Raine, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project has vast experience in studying the impacts of the digital age on the citizens of the United States. His insights on topics ranging from the digital divide, health, safety, gaming, teens, and social networking in the age of the internet will provide breadth in our investigation of the new media ecology for learning.

Additionally, Cable Green, Director of eLearning and Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will help us to focus in depth on the new Open Educational Resources movement which inevitably leads to discussions of the crucial topic of the economics of higher education. Cable’s participation also marks the opening of a new track in the 2011 conference dedicated to issues surrounding Open Educational Resources.

Adding another dimension to our theme is cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid, who will share with us her research on the transition from a reading brain to an increasingly digital one. This work holds promise in illuminating the evolution of human intelligence, and the choices we might face in shaping that future through online education.

We eagerly anticipate your participation in this year’s meeting. We firmly believe that the theme and speakers we have identified are timely and essential and we look forward to your contributions. The many forums for participation include both face-to-face and online modes. Our new venue, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin featuring the Mandara Spa, 17 spectacular restaurants and lounges, five pools, a white sand beach and much more promises to be a well-appointed backdrop to the stimulating conversations at this year’s event. We urge you to attend the premier annual gathering of professionals concerned with the future of online education.

The conference strongly encourages presentation and workshop proposals that reflect the implications for the field of specific e-learning experience and practices. We are looking for proposals that are innovative and cutting edge and will provide important take-aways for participants. Proposals that address blended learning, issues of diversity, international applications of online learning, open educational resources, social networking, online learning and community colleges, and/or K-12 online education are especially encouraged. Last year’s conference attracted 1200+ onsite and over 250 virtual participants to more than 230 presentations, as well as 60 exhibits, 40 vendor showcase sessions, 18 total pre- and post-conference workshops, keynote and plenary addresses, and a variety of other special events.

Conference tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices in the following areas:

  • K-12 Online Education
  • Faculty and Professional Development and Support
  • Open Educational Resources*
  • Learning Effectiveness
  • Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
  • Student Services and Learner Support
  • Leadership, Values and Society

(* The OER track is a new addition to the 2011 Program.)

For additional information on the conference, visit our website at www.sloanconsortium.org/aln , call (781) 583-7561, or email conference@sloanconsortium.org.

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