January/February 2013
A Message from the President
David Grebel, 2013 ACHE President

In her poem Sometimes, Mary Oliver gives these instructions for living life:

Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

The post-conference, post-holiday period typically feels like an interim time. But it is the ideal time to "pay attention" to our common work.

Last July a group of ACHE stakeholders gathered at the home office in Norman, Oklahoma to spend two days thinking about our shared efforts. This group then engaged in a follow up gathering in Austin where they were joined by others to continue the conversation.

These conversations, along with our strategic plan, led your board to review and approve
three work groups for this year in ACHE. These work groups are charged with specific tasks
designed to implement recommendations from ACHE's strategic plan and several of our

  • Marketing and Recruitment work group – charged with developing a marketing and
    recruitment plan. This workgroup is chaired by Walter Pearson.
  • Webinars work group – charged with developing professional development webinars.
    This workgroup is chaired by Tish Szymurski.
  • Social Media and Networking work group – charged with designing and implementing a
    social media plan. The members for this workgroup are currently being recruited.

In addition, the ACHE executive committee is reviewing the structure of our association
to make certain we are in the best possible position to move forward into the future. The standing committees are also reviewing ideas that will strengthen our work. Our home office is
implementing new systems to support the members of the association. And your conference
planning committee, chaired by Clare Roby, is continuing their mission to design an exciting
conference in collaboration with our colleagues from AAACE.

These efforts will support us as we all continue to work to make a difference on our
campuses and in our communities. On behalf of ACHE, I want to say thank you to all of our
colleagues who are "paying attention."


In this Issue

"Instructions for Life" from President Grebel

2013 Membership Renewal links and deadlines

Call for Nominations open

New Committee on Inclusiveness chair announced

Members on the move: Susan Elkins

Welcome new members!

Call for JCHE submissions

ACHE 2013 in Lexington:
Sneak in your Proposal!
Submit your Story: read about Keith Gurgui

ACHE 2012 in Austin *Followup*
A Covert Awards Ambush

Spring regional meetings calendar

Collaborations & Partnerships
Get to know CAP

Happenings around the CE world

View current career postings

Association News

2013 membership renewals now open

Renewal forms for all membership categories are now available

Please let us know by the deadlines above if you plan to renew. If you need to be invoiced in July 2013 in order to pay your membership with FY14 funds, please complete a renewal form and check the box that says, "I want to be invoiced in July."

Questions? Contact Ynez Walske (ywalske@acheinc.org) or Tarra Walker (twalker@acheinc.org) at the ACHE Home Office.

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Call for Nominations for ACHE Officer and Directors ~ Deadline March 15

The ACHE Nominations Committee is currently accepting nominations for:

  • Directors-at-Large (2 openings) and
  • Vice President

The Association will present its slate of candidates in the April Five Minutes with ACHE.  In order to submit a nomination, please click here. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague.  Once nominations are received, the chair of the Nominations Committee, Charles Hickox, will contact nominees with requests for additional information. 

Please direct any inquiries to the Nominations Committee Chair, Charles Hickox at charles.hickox@eku.edu.

Participation as a Director-at-Large or as Vice President constitutes a significant opportunity to serve ACHE and continuing higher education. Nominees for Vice President must have served at least two years as a Director-at-Large.  For a description of the roles and responsibilities of ACHE Officers, please consult the ACHE Guide for Officers and Board Members.

We hope that you will consider nominating yourself or a colleague this year!

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New Chair of Committee on Inclusiveness announced

Frederick VarnadoIt's with great pleasure that we welcome Frederick Varnado to the post of chair for our Committee on Inclusiveness. Fred serves as Director for the Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Committee on Inclusiveness is charged with working in partnership with the ACHE Board of Directors, Regional Officers, and the Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee on efforts to broaden the ACHE Community to include traditionally underrepresented individuals and institutions. They seek to make connections with two-year and community colleges, technical colleges, colleges outside the United States, HBCUs, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions in order to amplify the voices of adult continuing higher educators at these institutions. The committee also engages in efforts to develop an association culture that supports and enhances professional development and leadership opportunities regardless of race, age, ethnicity, creed, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

We thank Fred for his willingness to serve and look forward to a productive year.

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Members on the move: Susan Elkins takes chancellor position at South Carolina Palmetto College

Susan ElkinsThe University of South Carolina recently announced that Susan Elkins will be taking the position of chancellor at Palmetto College, a division of USC's Extended University. You can see the full announcement here.

Palmetto College at the University of South Carolina allows students to earn a USC degree online. According to the Palmetto College website, "students can choose their own pace of study and can select from a wide range of degree offerings."

Congratulations on your move, Susan!

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Welcome new and rejoining members!


  • California State University - Monterey Bay
  • California State University - Long Beach
  • Delta State University
  • Long Island University


  • Brian Amkraut, Case Western Reserve University
  • Marlon Jones, Wright Career College
  • Ronald Henson, National Guard Bureau
  • Miki Kitchen, University Of South Carolina
  • Joanna Senay, Salve Regina University
  • Mona Strickland, National Graduate School


  • Deedee Thomas
  • Valery Taboh, Connectionsarizona Inc.

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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 Spring 2013 issue, manuscripts should be received by March 15, 2013.

  • The Journal of Continuing Higher Education cover imageMajor 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.

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.

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Submitting to Five Minutes with ACHE

We’re always looking for your input! As we continue to grow, it’s important to hear what’s going on in your neck of the woods, so we're looking for articles on topics of interest to continuing educators. To submit, please send an email with a .doc or .docx attachment to admin@acheinc.org. The copy deadline for Five Minutes is the 23rd of the month preceding a given issue. We ask that you limit your submission to no more than 2000 words; short and sweet is fine as well! Want ideas? Email us!

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Annual Conference & Meeting News & Updates

Call for Proposals: Sneak in your proposal until Sunday, February 10!

ACHE 2013 Lexington November 4-6, 2013 We make a difference: Practice, Pedagogy, PeopleTo aid the procrastinators among us (guilty as charged!) our Call for Submissions form will stay open until 5:00 p.m. Central time on Sunday, February 10. Sneak in your proposal today!

Share a Story and Celebrate How We Make a Difference

The 2013 ACHE annual conference theme is “We Make a Difference.” To celebrate that theme, the conference planning committee is gathering stories from the ACHE community about how you've made a difference. If you’ve had a chance to listen to NPR’s StoryCorps series, you know how powerful stories can be to capture the impact of life’s events, both big and small.

We believe that the work WE do impacts the people we serve and strengthens the practice of continuing higher education. Our stories are powerful examples of how our programs transform the lives of our students, how we energize our institutions, and how our network of leaders for lifelong learning has empowered our careers. What stories can you share? We invite you to share your story with us and to be part of the celebration of how we make a difference. To submit a story, contact us at lexington13@acheinc.org.

Here’s one exceptional story submitted by Diana Hawkins, SUNY Empire State College. 

Think about online learning. What's it like? In a typical situation, most people picture a laptop, students reading at their computer, writing notes, sending in discussion posts, ordering e-textbooks, and emailing with peers and professors.

For Keith Gurgui, not one part of his college experience has been "typical."

Keith Gurgui
Keith Gurgui

Keith, a star athlete and lifeguard, was injured in a random swimming accident a few months prior to starting his freshman year at a traditional campus school. He was left paralyzed from the neck down.

Keith found out about SUNY Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning through a friend. The rest is history. Mr. Gurgui is actively in pursuit of his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and plans to use his degree to help people with disabilities find equal treatment at work, school, sports, and in their communities. How can a student paralyzed from the neck down be a successful online learning student? With perseverance and motivation. Gurgui reads his regular textbooks, and works online using a head mouse, following a blinking red cursor on his screen. He uses voice-to-type technology for papers and even uses phone conferences with certain instructors to complete assignments. Two years and eight classes later, Gurgui is active, successful learner and is slated to graduate next year.

Read Keith's full story

This story showcases how Empire State College made things different in order to offer the same quality learning to a talented young man. Now, Keith Gurgui can continue to make a difference in the lives other disabled people and their families.

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2012 Awards Follow-up: A Covert Awards Ambush

ACHE's 2012 Special Recognition Award recipient, Virginia Moxley, was unable to join us in Austin, Texas to accept her award during our Annual Lunch. Her colleague, A. David Stewart, was present, however, and happily agreed to accept in her stead.

Recently, Stewart contacted us with a short narrative about how he and several of Moxley's colleagues conducted a Covert Awards Ambush upon the unsuspecting administrator.

"As you know, Dr. Moxley was unable to be in Austin at the time the award was presented. I was pleased to receive the award on her behalf at that time. As I returned to campus, I felt the award was far too significant to simply take it over and set it on her desk. So Sue Maes, dean for continuing education, and I secretly arranged with her faculty and staff to step into a meeting when most of them would be gathered with Dean Moxley. This meant that the delivery of the award was delayed for nearly two months due to end of semester and holiday breaks. Finally the award was delivered to Dean Moxley last week in the presence of most of her faculty during their opening spring forum. I confessed to the dean that I had been avoiding her for nearly two months, but my intentions were good! It was a great way to have a "local celebration" of Dean Moxley's receiving the award.

I thought you would like to know."

We did indeed! Here's documentary evidence of the Covert Awards Ambush in action:

A. David Stewart presents Special Recognition Award to Virginia Moxley
A. David Stewart presents Special Recognition Award to Virginia Moxley
A. David Stewart presents Special Recognition Award to Virginia Moxley
A. David Stewart with Sue Maes, Dean for Continuing Education at Kansas State University, and Virginia Moxley, Dean for Human Ecology at Kansas State University

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Regional News

Network at your local ACHE Regional Meeting!

ACHE Great Plains logo


ACHE Great Plains Spring Meeting
March 7 & 8, 2013
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Call for Proposals, Registration, & hotel information now available!

ACHE New England logo


ACHE New England Spring Meeting
April 26, 2013
Host: Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies

Stay tuned for more information!

ACHE MidAtlantic logo


ACHE MidAtlantic Spring Meeting
Theme: "Success, not just Access"
March 17-19, 2013
Doubletree Hotel 

Wilmington, Delaware

Call for Proposals now open! Download submission form

ACHE South logo


ACHE South Spring Meeting
April 21-24, 2013
Sandestin Resort
Miramar Beach, Florida

Awards Submission Deadline - Monday, February 18
Early Registration Deadline - Saturday, March 2

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Collaborations & Partnerships

Get to know the Council on Accelerated Programs

The theme for ACHE's 2012 Annual Conference & Meeting was "Collaboration and Partnership: Our Keys to the Future." It is in that spirit that we'd like to share with you a little more about one of our collaborating organizations, the Council on Accelerated Programs (CAP). CAP began a partnership with ACHE in 2011 when they joined us during our Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida to offer a series of sessions on best practices in accelerated programming.

CAP will continue to partner with us throughout 2013, so we thought we'd give you a chance to get to know them a little better.

The faces of CAP

Dawn Spaar Jeannie McCarron
Dawn Spaar
2012-2013 CAP Chair
Associate Dean at
Elizabethtown College
Jeannie McCarron
CAP Director

Who and what is CAP?

Founded in 2004, CAP is the Council for Accelerated Programs. We are an international membership organization serving professionals who lead, teach, and conduct research in accelerated programs in higher education. Our mission is to advocate for accelerated education, enhance collaboration, and share best practices and research findings among our members to design and deliver the most effective accelerated learning for adult and nontraditional students. Our vision is to be recognized as the leading advocate of accelerated learning in higher education and as the premiere membership organization for providers of accelerated education. Core values of CAP: we believe that accelerated learning is an effective and efficient educational process for adult learners; that our members have experiences, knowledge & expertise in accelerated learning to share with one another; we encourage and share research and assessment in the field of accelerated learning; and believe that accelerated learning provides access to higher learning for a diverse population of learners. Membership includes over 105 institutions and approximately 200 individual members. We are governed by a 15-member volunteer Executive Board of Officers from across the continental United States.

What Services does CAP Provide?

  • Regional Workshops and Annual Conferences
    • Next regional workshop scheduled for March 6-7 in Baton Rouge, LA on
      Accelerating Time to Degree Completion: Hybrid/Online & Competency-Based
      . Registration is currently open.
    • Annual Conference - Navigating Acceleration: Use Assessment and Best
      Practices as your Compass! July 31 - August 1, Pre-conference July 30, 2013, Denver, Colorado.
      • Keynote speakers are Raymond J. Wlodkowski, Ph.D., & Margery B.
        Ginsberg, Ph.D.
      • PANELISTS who are representatives from various regional accrediting
        bodies, include:
        • Dr. Ellie A. Fogarty, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education;
        • Dr. Jeffrey H. Rosen, Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association;
        • Dr. Steven M. Sheeley, Vice President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
        • Doug Lederman, Editor & Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed.
  • Webinars and Customized Webinars. Next one scheduled for February 27 on Developing an Accelerated Program, co-sponsored with CAEL.
  • Accreditation Preparation
  • Assessment and Program Evaluations
  • Model for Good Practices In Accelerated Programs in Higher Education as developed by the CAP Executive Board using the CAP Quality Standards
  • On-site Consulting Services
  • Research and Resources
  • Advocacy and Support

What are the Benefits of Being a CAP Member?

  • Become part of a membership network that extends your outreach to ensure broad
    representation in the area of accelerated learning.
  • Collaborate with other national accelerated programs to conduct research on accelerated learning.
  • Gain access to strategies, best practices and research to assist your institution in being or becoming a more self-sustaining adult-friendly organization.
  • Maintain an infrastructure that is supportive of your organization's mission and goals, yet provides quality access to adult learners.
  • Gain knowledge to apply programs at your institution for faculty & staff development that address the unique needs of nontraditional and adult students in accelerated programs.

To Find out More about CAP
Visit www.capnetwork.org or contact Jeannie McCarron, CAP Director, at (303) 964-5253 or jmccarro@regis.edu. We hope to hear from you or see you at one of our upcoming events.

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Connections & Resources

Sloan-C logo10th Annual Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference & Workshop
Call for Proposals ends February 11!

July 8 - 9, 2013
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI

Join your colleagues at the 10th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference
and Workshop
as we problem-solve, exchange ideas, and explore effective strategies
about blended learning. The conference provides the opportunity for instructors and
faculty members, instructional designers, student advisors, administrative leaders, and
researchers to share best practices, strategic considerations, models of practice, and
challenges revealed through our experiences in practice and research.

6th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium
Early Bird Registration Ends February 12!

April 9 - 11, 2013
Planet Hollywood Resort – Las Vegas, NV

The Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, a joint
Symposium of Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, is designed to bring together individuals
interested in the review and evaluation of online teaching and learning technologies.

This year's keynote speaker is Steve Wheeler, Plymouth University, UK. "What's
That Coming Over the Hill? Digital Futures, Emerging Cultures, New Learning."

Early bird ends February 12, 2013. Register today to take advantage of the discounted
rates of $495 for Sloan-C members and $545 for regular attendees.

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CCME logoRegistration still open for CCME 2013

Join Council of College & Military Educators for their Annual Education Symposium!

Building Bridges to Success Through Education for the Military Community
February 25 - 28, 2013
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, California

CCME's Annual Education Symposium is a premier professional development opportunity for the military education and training community. CCME is the only organization whose sole purpose is to engage various constituencies who seek to create, enhance, and deliver education and support services that meet the needs of the military community. Partake in relevant training, share best practices, learn about new or changing government regulations, participate in presentations, and engage in discussions. Bridge knowledge and skills gaps to enhance your ability to serve our nation's heroes.

Visit the CCME website for more information

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CAUCE Foundations for Success Webinar SeriesCAUCE logo

Upcoming session:

Adapting Teaching Methods to Diverse Communities

Date:  Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time:  1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Registration Deadline:  12:00 pm ET, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

There are numerous paths to learning and a wide range of teaching methods to follow those paths. Some adults learn a great deal on their own through readings, observations and Internet research. For others, learning is inhibited when teaching methods rely on abilities not yet fully mastered or when variables such as life experiences, academic backgrounds and family situations are not considered. In this webinar, the presenter will discuss various teaching methods and learning strategies that can help optimize educational outcomes in a classroom of diverse adult learners, and will identify the roles of educators throughout the process.

Click here for more information and to get registered. All sessions are free of charge.

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CAUCE 2013 Keynote Speakers announced

CAUCE 2013 Montreal, 60th Anniversary Distinct Savoir-Faire UCE 6.0CAUCE 2013 Distinct Savoir-Faire: UCE 6.0

May 22-25, 2013
Marriott Chateau Champlain - Montreal, Quebec

View our 2013 Keynote Speakers

With 2013 marking the 60th anniversary of CAUCE, the University Continuing Education (UCE) community has a unique opportunity to celebrate, reflect upon, question, and reinforce aspects of our practice that shape our contributions not only to learners and collaborators, but also to the institutions in which continuing studies has come to play an increasingly important role.

Most important, perhaps, this milestone provides a fitting occasion for UCE professionals to highlight the “Distinct Savoir-Faire”—the distinctive skills and “know-how”—that will carry us forward into the next 60 years of continuing education. The theme is intended to provoke meaningful debate on how UCE units can sustain their integrity and identity in a rapidly-changing environment that is resulting in both new opportunities, but also increased pressures from within and without.

In university continuing education, we have the ability to shape our future. What better way to start than inviting you to Montréal, a city that has an unparalleled savoir-vivre, and where the past and the future come together to create a vibrant present.

Visit the CAUCE website for more information

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