The webinar is titled ‘From Inputs to Outputs: Education to Employment.’
This session explores how discussions about educational outcomes have become increasingly focused on career outcomes, with resulting new responsibilities for colleges and universities to foster work readiness and employability. En route, we’ll seek to identify the role of collaboration between institutions of higher learning and employers in realizing these sorts of outcomes, and consider diverse opportunities for partnership that can enhance outcomes for students, employers, and institutions. Supporting this analysis will be a summary of a small number of cases of institutions employing work readiness approaches in non-traditional student contexts.
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Peter works with college and university leaders to assist them in setting strategy to support institutional differentiation, growth, expansion, and improved performance. He has worked with hundreds of institutions across the U.S. and globally to support their efforts to reach new audiences and achieve compelling student outcomes by focusing on work readiness and employability, competency-based education models, online learning, adaptive learning, geographic expansion, internationalization, and non-traditional student markets.
In order to prepare for this webinar, I felt that it would be a great idea to reflect on one of last year’s excellent summer webinars. Last June, Leah Ben-Ami from Northeastern University and Amie Ader-Beeler from Southern New Hampshire University presented a compelling webinar for ACHE. It was titled ‘Making Your Mark in Continuing Education.’ Their presentation was insightful, informative, and was well organized.
89 continuing education professionals from across the United States and Canada registered for the webinar, and Leah and Amie did a wonderful job, as did the Technitian for the webinar, Tim Harper at Northeastern University.
To view a full recording of ACHE’s last June Webinar, follow this link: http://nuonline.adobeconnect.com/p4ncqxty3er
We hope you register for the first installation of this year’s Summer Webinar Series – remember to register now because only about thirty registrations are left as of 6/15/2015.
ACHE thanks Peter Stokes for his participation in our 2015 Summer Webinar Series. Visit the Huron Consulting website at http://www.huronconsultinggroup.com/
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Event Name: ACHE South Regional Conference
Institutional Representative: Patti Spaniola
ACHE: What event did you attend and how was it unique?
Patti: The ACHE South Region Conference was held in New Orleans, LA which was the location of the inaugural ACHE South Conference nearly 57 years ago.
ACHE: What were some of the highlights of the event?
Patti: The conference had 3 informative keynote speakers. Dr. King Alexander, President of LSU, stressed the importance of investing in our next generation. He suggested that we, as continuing educators, involve ourselves in our communities to get people engaged and educated. Reaching out to students as young as kindergarteners to show students what higher learning institutions can do for them. Let me know that an education costs and how that is translated to future potential and financial worth. Dr. Bill Watson, Associate Professor of Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University discussed the idea of unbundling education. If we focus on skills and competencies, students can use what they are learning as they progress towards a degree rather than waiting for completion to find employment. Allowing students to combine classes from different degrees to form a specialized educational experience would benefit the student and employers. In addition, he discussed the value of badges that would help students build certifiable skills while learning that are easily understood by employers. Ms. Melinda Stallings, an expert in Industrial and Organizational Psychology gave an engaging presentation based on her book, The Power of Positive Conflict Resolution. Her book was hot off the presses arriving from the publisher the evening before her talk. Everyone in the audience received an autographed copy.
There were 22 concurrent sessions throughout the conference ranging in topics from badge implementation to improving student support by understanding how students learn to opportunities for adult learning in many capacities.
ACHE South welcomed six educational sponsors who added a wonderful dimension of cutting edge information and support for continuing education programs from registration systems to workforce course programs to proctoring services. They each spoke to the group and all expressed how they considered ACHE South to be family.
ACHE: What did you take away from the event?
Patti: Jam packed with education, networking, and fun exploring New Orleans, many attendees thought the conference was educational, inviting, and had the quality of a national event. The time flew by visiting with friends, discussing new ideas, and exploring New Orleans. 2016’s conference in Charleston, South Carolina can’t come soon enough.
Lori Eggleston Thorp Mini Grant Award
Institutional Representative: Amy Barsha, Executive Director
ACHE: Tell us something unique about your institution’s history or the history of your department.
AB: 2014 was a transformational year at Governors State University. Building on more than 40 years of academic excellence, GSU became a full-service university. Starting with the fall 2014 semester, GSU transformed from an upper division university that served transfer undergraduates and graduate students to a comprehensive public university that serves all levels, from beginning undergraduate to doctoral degrees. With the arrival of freshmen came many other exciting changes: new housing on campus, new programs of study, a new athletics program and the opening of the renovated science wing in E and F buildings, just to name a few.
ACHE: Are there any recognitions or awards that your university would like to share?
AB: * Designation as Military Friendly Institution
* ACE gave the 2014 Donna Shavlik Award to Governors State University (IL) President Elaine P. Maimon, a longtime leader in strengthening higher education through inclusion and diversity. More information on link below.
* April 14 marked a significant milestone in the history of GSU Athletics, as the university was accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
ACHE: Are there any programs that your unit is working on that you would like to share?
AB: THE KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AT GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY
The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) at Governors State University (GSU) is a continuing education program at the School of Extended Learning. Designed for the retired and semi-retired, this lifelong learning program meets on Fridays during 8-week long fall, winter and spring sessions offering full length courses as well as workshops and Lunch and Learn presentations.
Courses are non-credit and peer led by a team of dedicated volunteers made up of community members, GSU faculty and alumni. A volunteer Advisory Committee made up of Exchange leaders and students assists in overseeing the curriculum and sustaining quality programming. Topics vary according to course content and include: History, Science, Law, Liberal Arts, Current Events, Music, Philosophy and Special Expertise with lively discussions not only in the classroom but during the lunch period which serves as a great time to enjoy lunch with other Exchange students, continue classroom discussions and share other classroom experiences.
Participants of The Knowledge Exchange enjoy a relaxed and friendly environment on the GSU campus and have formed a community of shared learning, social interaction and the free exchange of opinions and ideas.
Visit TKE at http://www.govst.edu/oce/TKE/
ACHE: What are some goals that your unit wants to reach in the future? (New expanded Markets or Programs ect…?)
AB: Fully functional testing center for students and community members
Use technology as a tool in GSU’s overall efforts to create a virtual public square that serves our regional community
Act as an economic catalyst in the region
To learn more about ACHE’s excellent institutional members, visit www.acheinc.org.
Each year, eligible ACHE members in good standing vote to select new leadership for the association. Each eligible member will receive a link to their ballot by email on June 1, and voting will be open June 1 to June 15.
And finally, ‘Mark your Calendars to Meet me in St. Louis’! The 2015 Conference Planning committee has been hard at work and if you've not seen it, please visit our conference website at acheinc.org/ache2015. It’s not too early to register for the conference and make your hotel reservation, and both are open. Our exhibitor partners have already begun to register, as have members from around the country.
Regis M. GilmanACHE President, 2015
Advances in technology unequivocally change the ways that adult and non-traditional learners access higher education services. As mobile devices with internet access become more accessible, older students are regularly seen working on school projects on trains, planes, and in coffee shops. Although the ability to access a syllabus, turn in a paper, or comment on a discussion board is helpful, I believe that these online services prove inadequate in today’s rapidly changing world of distance education technology. The new age of mobile application technology can allow students to not only access the right data, but also the right people. Mobile technologies can allow adult students to speak face-to-face with counselors, student service officers, and even special program coordinators.
According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, nearly two-thirds of American cell phone users now use their phone to go online. Accordingly, 57% of all American adults are mobile internet users (Duggan & Smith, 2013). What’s more, a range of tablets and smart watches are expanding the ability of adults to access the internet – and learn remotely.
Despite these findings, Ranieri and Pachler argue, “…to date relatively little systematic research has been done on mobile learning in the context of adult education and lifelong learning” (Ranieri & Pachler, 2014, p. 62).
Because the majority of American adults now have the ability to access the internet through their mobile devices, it is imperative for higher education institutions to actively research and utilize people-centered mobile learning applications specifically tailored for non-traditional learners.
Greater investment in mobile learning applications for non-traditional students can strengthen the relationships between online learners and higher education institutions. For instance, innovative mobile applications that compliment enrollment, counseling, and academic services can improve communication pathways between distance learners, their instructors, and the institutional administrative staff.
For example, in my experience as an adult graduate student, I often wished to speak to my academic counselor. However, the only way to officially communicate with this counselor was to schedule a face-to-face interview. Often, our schedules did not align. It would have been convenient to have the option to schedule a video conference through a streamlined, school-sponsored application on my mobile device.
As mobile technologies become more universal, higher learning institutions must stay relevant and connect with their adult and non-traditional audiences through next generation mobile learning applications. Moreover, institutions should consider research in mobile learning technologies, their efficacies, and utilities to be top priorities.
Duggan, M., Smith, A. (2013). Cell Internet Use. Retrieved from: http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/09/16/cell-internet-use-2013/
Ranieri, M., Pachler, N., (2014). Inventing and re-inventing identity: Exploring the potential of mobile learning in adult education. Prospects, 2014, Vol.44(1), p. 61-79
The Association for Continuing Education held five distinct regional meetings this year: Great Plains, MidAtlantic, West, and New England. These meetings provided excellent professional development opportunities for continuing education professionals. Fortunately, I was able to attend the ACHE Great Plains meeting in Des Moines, Iowa and I had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse group of colleagues. The following reflection will detail my experiences in Des Moines.
An animated group of continuing education professionals from Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri met in Des Moines, Iowa on March 5th and 6th to participate in the ACHE 2015 Great Plains Regional Conference. The theme for the conference was “Continuing Education: Unique Approaches in Unique Settings.” The conference was hosted by Upper Iowa University, a pleasant campus near the heart of Des Moines.
Though the wintery weather made travel difficult, individuals were glad to arrive to the conference after long layovers and flight cancellations. Luckily, both keynote speakers and the vast majority of registrants were able arrive to Des Moines on time.
The conference began on Thursday, March 5th with breakfast and an introduction from Dr. Nina Barbee, Chair of the Great Plains Region. Additionally, Dr. Kurt Wood, Provost of Upper Iowa University, warmly welcomed the conference attendees.
After the introductions, Mr. Ron Crouch, Director of Research and Statistics of the Kentucky Education Workforce Development Cabinet gave the first keynote address. Mr. Crouch emphasized the ways that continuing education is influenced by the dynamics of demographic and economic trends. Dr. Crouch presented an array of data as well as some excellent online resources for professionals to use when conducting research for program development.
Following the opening keynote, the first and second concurrent sessions commenced. Presenters gave engaging presentations on topics that emphasized the cost evaluation of marketing for workforce programs, adult learner programming design and implementation, and continuing education community partnerships. The conference registrants expressed that they enjoyed the informative sessions and followed each presentation with meaningful discussions about the subject matter.
On Friday, March 6th the group met again at Upper Iowa University for breakfast. Following the meal, Dr. James Pappas, Vice President for University Outreach and Dean of the College of Liberal Studies gave the second keynote address. Dr. Pappas detailed the history of continuing education and provided valuable insights into the future of the field.
After Dr. Pappas’ speech, the third concurrent session commenced. Presenters gave presentations on fostering growth for outreach sites and gave examples of how to successfully partner with businesses in order to increase enrollment.
Following the last concurrent session, the ACHE Great Plains Award Ceremony began. Dr. Robin Plumb, Assistant Professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Chair of the Great Plains Award Committee presented the award winners with commemorative plaques to celebrate the success of the excellent programs. The winners were as follows:
Exceptional Program Award – NoncreditNortheastern State University Community Music AcademyDr. Eloy Chavez, Dean, College of Extended Learning, Northeastern State University
Exceptional Program Award – CreditCollaboration for ChangeDr. Marthann Schulte, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Online Faculty Evaluation, Park University
Exceptional Program Award – ConferencesNational Symposium on Student RetentionSandra Whalen, Program Administrator II, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma
The conference concluded with the Annual Regional Business meeting. Great Plains members planned for the future and settled budgetary and logistical information.
Overall, the meeting was a tremendous success and we want to thank all of the attendees for sharing this rewarding experience. We also want to extend gratitude to our generous sponsors: Sustainable Business Education, MBS Direct, and AVISO.
I hope that by sharing my experience, you will be inspired to attend an ACHE Regional Meeting in your area of the country in 2016. If you are in the West Region, be sure to sign up for the ACHE West Regional Coffee Breaks coming up in May and June!
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Our ACHE regions continue to be busy this spring, with outstanding conferences. I encourage your attendance at the regional meetings, and to also engage in the leadership of the region through service as an officer and on committees. I've scheduled visits to all of the regional meetings and look forward to connecting with you and listening to how the Association can respond to your professional needs.
We always like to know a little about the cities we visit for conferences. This year, as you consider joining us:
Consider the destination. Consider the opportunity to get out of the office, connect with colleagues. And consider what our host city offers you.
Just what is Saint Louis? Is it a sports town? Is it a food town? A beer town? A coffee town? In a few short months, Saint Louis will be your town.
Check out this insider's look at the city that awaits ACHE in November.
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By Mickey Baines, Marketing Subcommittee, 2015 ACHE Conference Planning Committee.
The Call for Proposals for ACHE's 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting is now open. This year, our planning committee is seeking to broaden our roundtable presentation offerings. Too often, it seems that people are afraid to commit to a conference presentation because they don't think they have something to say, or they're nervous about standing in front of a room full of people talking for an hour, or... well, you get the picture. We say, nonsense! We ALL learn from each other at conference, and we each have ways to contribute to that learning. A roundtable may just be perfect for you!
This week, guest contributing writer Mickey Baines of Fourth Dimension Partners shares his thoughts on what makes a strong roundtable presenter.
Take it away, Mickey!
A roundtable discussion is one that encourages small group discussion on a specific topic. This format has been increasingly requested by the attendees of previous ACHE annual conferences. Therefore, the 2015 planning committee is attempting to generate additional proposals for sessions in this format. If you’ve considered presenting in the past, but don’t have the time develop a full presentation, or maybe expertise in a subject, the roundtable session may be your format.
In a roundtable session, the presenter spends 10-20 minutes introducing the topic, presenting particular issues and questions she/he wants participants to consider, and hands the remainder of time over to the attendees to lead the discussion. While the presenter should be knowledgeable on the topic at-hand, she or he need not be a resident expert.
The stand-out roundtable presenter will be a good facilitator, can interpret questions and comments, and help the participants delve and explore the topic in a way that deepens their understanding and presents opportunities for others to expand on their experiences. The presenter will be able to ask follow-up questions to participants, can keep dialogue flowing, and move from question to question continuously through the session to ensure the topic is discussed thoroughly. The presenter will repeat participant questions to ensure all members understand what is being asked, and summarize collective responses to maximize the information shared during the session.
As the facilitator, you may choose to break the attendees into smaller groups for discussion, before bringing everyone back to a larger group to share the collective comments, questions and thoughts. The key element for success with this format is controlling the time spent in the smaller groups, allowing sufficient time for each group to share their conversation points to the entire audience. If the audience isn’t too large, you may choose to lead the discussion with all members of the audience.
The roundtable session is one of the most interactive formats of sessions offered at the ACHE Annual Conference. Participants have not only the opportunity to learn from the presenter, but from one another, in a controlled, facilitated dialogue. We want you to join us as a roundtable presenter.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to propose your roundtable topic?
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