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  • November 10, 2016 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    As described on the ACHE website, ACHE is a dynamic network of diverse professionals who are dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education and to sharing their expertise and experience with one another.

    Dynamic is only one word of many to describe the 78th Annual Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) conference which was held this past October in New Orleans, LA at the historic Hotel Monteleone. The theme this year was “Innovation, Transformation, and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future.” Topics included: research and strategy, transformative roles and responsibilities, practical application of theory, effective learning/teaching tools and environments, impactful marketing, and more. We had 127 universities, colleges, exhibitors, sister associations, and other organizations represented as part of the 2016 conference. Individuals from all around the country and Canada attended traveled to New Orleans (the furthest distance was 2,612 miles). Of those attending, over 70 were first time attendees!

    There were 43 concurrent sessions to choose from in addition to our keynote sessions. Our keynotes included: Dr. King Alexander, president of Louisiana State University, Mr. Zach Stone, co-founder of Red Kite Consulting, and Ms. Kim Weitkamp, a humorist, coach, producer, and singer/songwriter.

    Prior and during this event, fun’raising events were held as part of a fundraising drive to raise money for grants and scholarships. We surpassed our scholarship goal and collected $3,735. In addition, there was an ACHE service opportunity with the New Orleans Kids Partnership (NOKP) to “Fill the Bus” with school supplies for the children in the area.

    This summary was written by Dorothy Williams, a director at large for ACHE and a director and professor at Regis University.

    Regis University
    College for Professional Studies
    (719) 264-7052

  • November 03, 2016 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    Dear ACHE Colleagues,

    Wow! The 2016 annual conference in New Orleans was amazing! Congratulations again to Past President Paula Hogard and her dedicated conference planning committee for an outstanding event. I’d like to take this Five Minutes opportunity to echo the email announcement that went out recently about the RFP that was issued earlier this fall to identify a new home office for ACHE.

    At the time the RFP was issued, conditions with state funding and organizational structure were in flux at the University of Oklahoma, and seeking a new institution to host the home office seemed prudent.  Later, after Dr. Pappas announced his retirement effective in December, several decisions were made by the University of Oklahoma that just recently and unexpectedly opened the path for the home office to remain in place. With the best interest of the Association in mind, the Board has decided to take advantage of the foundation already in place and keep the home office at the University of Oklahoma.

    To those of you who either considered or submitted a proposal in response to our call, thank you for your interest and time. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Chris Dougherty, ACHE Past President and chair of the RFP committee, as well as the members of that committee for the time and energy they gave in service to the association.

    Dr. James Pappas, in his role as Executive Vice President for the past eight years, has provided exceptional leadership and guidance to the Association and has been a mentor and inspiration to many of us. His deep commitment to continuing higher education and his insights have made ACHE a better organization. Rebekah Law has done an extraordinary job as Interim Operations Manager and will be key to a smooth staff transition over the next several weeks as the new home office team from OU moves into place.

    We are delighted with the opportunity for the ACHE home office to remain on the campus of the University of Oklahoma and seamlessly continue the work of the association. We will be introducing the new home office team to you soon.

    I’m looking forward to a great year ahead and, as I mentioned in New Orleans, I’m so glad to have you along with me for the ride!

    Clare Roby

    ACHE President, 2017

  • October 27, 2016 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    The Journal of Continuing Higher Education is a refereed journal featuring major articles and shorter columns of professional interest to the adult continuing higher education community. In an effort to support adult continuing higher education, JCHE serves as a forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and experiences relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall. The journal welcomes two types of submissions: major articles (current research, literature reviews, theoretical models) and best practices (new, innovative, and successful programs or practices in higher and continuing education).

    You too can write these types of articles. Administrators and practitioners are doing great things, and they are the perfect people to share their best practices.

    Mark your calendar now to register and attend a webinar over this very subject, hosted by JCHE’s own Royce Ann Collins. The workshop will start with the basics of writing for publication. It is a process, so take the step now to start!


    Please join us November 2 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time to participate in this professional development opportunity.  

    • ACHE Member Registration – Free
    • Non-Member Registration – $30.00 (USD)

    Click Here to Register 

    Presenter Biography:

    Royce Ann Collins is the editor of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education. With 15 years of experience as an administrator of adult degree programs at higher education institutions, she has won national and regional awards for her teaching, research, and scholarship. When she isn’t editing journal articles, she is expanding the Adult Education program to the K-State Olathe campus of Kansas State University.

    Currently, Collins serves on the Executive Committee for the Commission for Accelerated Programs and is a member of American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

  • October 27, 2016 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    It is with sincere appreciation that I am able to write this article having just attended ACHE’s 2016 National Conference in New Orleans. This was my first time visiting the “Big Easy” and I was amazed by the rich cultural history and charm of the city when I experienced it in person. I’ve been a member of ACHE for years, during which time I’ve gained so much knowledge from the various professional development opportunities the organization offers, and this event was no exception. While our specialization working with adult learners is slowly gaining traction as traditional demographics shift,  professionals in continuing education units are often still considered an “island” at their institutions.  By coming together to share our challenges, ideas, best practices, and new trends at the ACHE conferences, I feel that collectively we are truly able to support each other to make a positive impact in our chosen professions. 

    As an adult learner myself, juggling the demands of a full-time job and busy life while going to school online (as I know many of you have done as well), I was honored to have represented the students that we serve as this year’s recipient of ACHE’s 2016 Graduate Student Conference Grant. I am incredibly fortunate to have received this award because my institution did not have the funds in our budget this year for me to be able to attend otherwise. Nor do I receive any financial reimbursement from my institution towards my masters in higher education program leadership, so every bit of support helps me to offset those out-of-pocket costs. With this in mind, I appreciate everyone’s contributions to the ACHE scholarship fund and will strive to make the best use of your donations through my academic and professional pursuits. 

    This was also a particularly opportune time in my education as I’m currently immersed in my capstone course for which a thesis and product are involved. As director of professional studies at a small liberal arts college, my institution is new in the online space, so I have decided to develop a comprehensive online orientation for the

    My goal is to be able to come back to an ACHE conference as a presenter to share the results of my project, or other initiatives that I’m currently working on (i.e. strategic planning), or to share these results in an ACHE webinar or publication so that I can give back and demonstrate that I’m utilizing the grant award to my best ability.  adult learners in our new professional studies programs for my capstone project. I came away from the ACHE conference with a lot of fresh ideas for what to include in the orientation in addition to how to evaluate and assess the results. (By the way, if you have any particular interest in this topic and would like to share your thoughts with me, please don’t hesitate to reach out to The opening keynote speaker talked about the importance of experiential learning, so you can see how I am a perfect example of this concept in practice.

    Finally, I’d like to include a very special thanks to Paula Hogard, Rebekah Law, Lisa Graves as well as Amy Jordan and James (Jimmy) Shamlen who were responsible for the Fun'Raising efforts. Amy and Jimmy’s support and encouragement was quite astounding and their recognition of my efforts has motivated me even more toward the aspiration of excellence in my endeavors. We all need those outside cheerleaders at points in our career, and Amy and Jimmy are those types of people.

    If you have not yet attended an ACHE conference, I highly encourage you to do so. The sessions are informative, the exhibitors are leaders in the industry, and the ACHE staff treats you like you’re their friend. I appreciated everyone’s congratulatory wishes and I hope to see many of you again next year, if not before!

    This article was written by Beth Romanski, Director of Professional Studies at Lebanon Valley College and Capella University graduate student. She was recently in attendance at the ACHE 2016 Conference and Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

    Beth Romanski was the recipient of the Graduate Student Conference Grant, a grant that helps graduate students attend the ACHE national conference. For more information about our grants and scholarships, or to learn about how to contribute, please visit our grants and scholarships page
  • October 12, 2016 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    The ACHE 2016 Annual Conference is quickly approaching, and it's officially time to start getting excited about this year's meeting in New Orleans! 

    As we prepare to innovate, transform, and provide service to others, we would like to invite you to consider what you are going to be a part of. Follow the link below for a look at an infographic full of fun facts about this year's conference. We just know you're going to love it! 

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  • October 11, 2016 6:28 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    We're so pleased to have such an outstanding group of exhibitors for this year's conference. From all of ACHE, we would like to take a moment to say 'thank you' for your support, and we're so pleased to be partnering with you in New Orleans!

    Dean Level Exhibitors

    Alpha Sigma Lambda Entrinsik, Inc. Jenzabar
    Alpha Sigma Lambda Entrinsik, Inc. Jenzabar
    Motivis Learning PS&L Sparkroom
    Motivis Learning PS&L Sparkroom

    Director Level Exhibitors

    Aslanian Market Research Cambridge Educational Services Campus CE
    Aslanian Market Research Cambridge Educational Services CampusCE
    Collegis Destiny Solutions ed2go
    Collegis Destiny Solutions ed2go
    Kennedy & Company The Learning House LSU Continuing Education
    Kennedy & Company The Learning House LSU Continuing Education
  • September 29, 2016 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    Are you looking for a way to contribute to the New Orleans community while you are attending the ACHE conference this year? If so, we have an opportunity that will allow you to make a difference for children and families in the greater New Orleans area!

    For this year’s Annual Conference & Meeting, ACHE has formed a relationship with the New Orleans Kids Partnership (NOKP), an organization committed to “expanding access to high quality services for children, youth, and families in Greater New Orleans.” One of the goals of NOKP is to provide free or low-cost professional development opportunities for professionals in nonprofit organizations who serve children and families in the city.

    To help them accomplish their goal, we will offer free participation in select segments of the conference program to NOKP professionals. Additionally, we plan to host a school supply drive for some of NOKP’s partner organizations. When you are packing for New Orleans, please plan to include some school supplies to help fill a bus for the children of the Crescent City. If you can’t sacrifice shoe room for school supplies, there will be locations near the Hotel Monteleone where you can buy supplies for the drive as well.

    Thank you for helping us make a difference in our host city! For more information about the NOKP, please visit the organization website.

  • September 28, 2016 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    Emory Continuing Education (ECE) enrolls thousands of students from the Atlanta community and beyond. In the last few years, ECE created a new Business Development team and quickly increased sales in the corporate sphere.

    Following a strategic business model to further align the existing Jenzabar Higher Reach student database, ECE implemented Jenzabar Higher Reach CRM, a constituent relationship management system to support marketing and sales efforts. By automating workflows, sharing data, and providing greater insight into each opportunity, the CRM helps build relationships and personalize communications with students, prospective students, and corporate contacts.

    Katharine Foster, Director of Continuing Education Administration and Operations, says, “The CRM has made a huge difference. We are using the CRM daily and always monitoring the pipeline. Before having a system for tracking, everything was just verbal communication; now all the emails and phone conversations are in the CRM where we can see the stages of each.”

    The CRM helped the team increase its corporate enrollments through better networking in the community. The team has now built trust for new clients to come to them and created a pipeline that will keep them on track to meet all their goals well into the future.

    This Five Minutes post is sponsored by Jenzabar, an exhibitor for the ACHE 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference. The post was written by Emmanuel Sarris, Director of Continuing Education Strategic Consulting Services, Jenzabar, Inc.

  • September 23, 2016 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    Paula Hogard

    Dear ACHE Colleagues.

    Our 78th Annual Conference and Meeting in New Orleans will be here in only four short weeks. The Conference Planning Committee has been working hard all year to plan an annual meeting that will celebrate our collaborative successes, and provide strategic connections and great networking opportunities. We are excited to see names both familiar and new among the registrations. Don’t forget the deadline for booking hotel reservations with the ACHE discount is Sunday, September 25. After September 25, rooms will raise to $219 if booked online and $229 if booked on the phone. If you have not already done so please book your room now!

    This year’s keynote speakers and presenters have been chosen to both inspire and engage. Visit our Program Details page for more information on our speakers. 

    To provide you with more time to share with your colleagues the depth and breadth of the conference concurrent sessions and workshops, we have extended our registration deadline by one week to October 3rd. Keep checking ACHE’s Facebook page or our LinkedIn Group page for updates.

    As we begin our countdown to meeting in New Orleans, I want to recognize and express my sincere appreciation to conference co-chairs Amy Johnson and TinaMarie Coolidge and to the entire conference planning committee for their dedication and commitment to the success of your 2016 conference. I would like to give a special mention and a big thank you to Lisa Graves and to Louisiana State University for taking on the enormous task of heading up the local arrangements committee. Additionally, it would be remiss of me if I did not recognize the hard work and support of the ACHE Home Office: Dr. Jim Pappas, Rebekah Law, and through July of this year, Ynez, they have worked so hard behind the scenes to provide outstanding support to the conference planning committee and me.

    In New Orleans I will hand the presidential gavel over to President Elect Clare Roby, but before I do this I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for what you do for our profession and for our adult and non-traditional students in higher education. As part of my presidential duties, I travelled throughout the spring, attending our regional meetings, where I got to meet so many of you and learn first-hand the impact you are making across our regions for our communities, our students, and our campuses.

    It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of ACHE this year, and to represent the association among peer associations. Thank you for all that you do and for welcoming me so warmly. Please join me in New Orleans for an outstanding Annual Conference and Meeting.

    Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    Paula Hogard

    ACHE President, 2016

  • September 21, 2016 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    Each year during our Annual Conference, we take a few minutes to recognize ACHE members who have retired or passed away since our last meeting. Please let us know about anyone we should add to this year’s resolutions. 

    Contact us at with any information you may have.

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