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  • September 22, 2017 4:10 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    The 79th Annual ACHE Conference & Meeting


    Portland, Oregon

    October 23-25, 2017

    Imagine yourself in Portland, Oregon, participating in a thought-provoking professional development conference! You’ll learn, you’ll network, and you’ll be reminded of why we are so committed to continuing higher education. And what better location to be refreshed and recharged than the great Pacific Northwest and the amazing city of Portland!

    With centralized access to some of the best entertainment and relaxation activities in Portland, the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland in the Lloyd District is eager to host #ACHEimagine.

    Imagine yourself...

    Taking a stroll through Washington Park, home to the International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Zoo, and Portland Children's Museum

    Enjoying a hike, drive, or bike ride through Forest Park

    Touring the Pittock Mansion, Portland Art Museum, and Oregon Museum of Science and History

    Exploring the entire city on Segway, MAX Light Rail, riverboat, or stretch limousine

    Renting a bicycle to explore Downtown, the Pearl District, or Kings Heights

    Tasting the delicacies of the Northwest, including wines, craft beers, pastries, and fine foods

    Or, of course, come early and join us on the ACHE Waterfall Hiking Tour on October 22 (separate registration required)

      Register today to attend #ACHEimagine for your opportunity to learn, network, and explore the city!

  • September 15, 2017 6:08 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Announcing the ACHE 2017 Award Winners!

    ACHE is pleased to announce the 2017 Award Winners!

    Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 24 during the 79th ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting in Portland, Oregon.  Register to attend #ACHEimagine for your opportunity to meet these amazing educators!

    Leadership Award
    Derek Bardell, Delgado Community College

    Rising Star Awards
    Megan Veach, University of West Florida
    Danielle Schukoske, Florida Institute of Technology
    Ashley Nietfeld, Kansas State University

    Creative Use of Technology CREDIT Program
    Using an ePortfolio in an Adult Degree Completion Program, Middle Tennessee State University

    Creative Use of Technology NON-CREDIT Program
    Orientation On-Demand: Focused Mini-Guides in Video Format for Adult Students, Neumann University

    Distinguished CREDIT Programs
    The Military Transition Program, Drexel University
    Choctaw University Leadership Symposium, Choctaw University

    Distinguished NON-CREDIT Program
    Rural Grocery Summit, Kansas State University

    Crystal Marketing Award
    Applied Behavior Analysis Audience Engagement Campaign, University of West Florida

    Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations
    Integrated Language Skills / Non-Credit, Kansas State University

    Older Adult Model Program
    Silver Frogs Lifelong Learning Institute, Texas Christian University
  • September 08, 2017 5:07 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    We are sad to report the loss of Jane Sipes, Coordinator of TN e-Campus Instruction at Tennessee Technological University (TTU). She also served as President of TACHE in 2002.  She passed away Wednesday, September 6. Services for Jane will be Sunday, September 10 at the Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens - 3700 N Germantown Pkwy 38133.

    Jane was a long-time member of ACHE and actively engaged in the ACHE South Region. She had many friends throughout the Association and will be sincerely missed. Her colleague at TTU and fellow ACHE member Steven Frye shared, “We are deeply saddened here at TTU,” and he asked us to share the news with Jane’s colleagues and friends in ACHE.

    The Association will make a contribution to a new scholarship fund being set up in her honor at TTU and honor her at the Portland conference with a memorial resolution.

    Any additional memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund made in Jane's memory:

    Tennessee Tech University

    Jane Sipes Memorial Scholarship

    Box 1915

    Cookeville, TN 38505

  • September 01, 2017 8:11 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    ACHE is going on a field trip!

    **In the event the Gorge is closed due to recent wildfires, the Tour will go to very scenic SILVER FALLS STATE PARK.**

    Make your plans to come one day early to the 79th Annual ACHE Conference and Meeting in Portland, Oregon.  That's right!  Come in one day early and go on a field trip with ACHE on Sunday, October 22.  

    ACHE's Field Trip Fundraiser will include an amazing Waterfall Tour of Columbia Gorge - and will raise money to support ACHE Scholarships.

    Sunday, October 22, 2017
    10:30 AM - 5:00PM
    Cost: $60
    Includes Box Lunch, ACHE Hat,
    Keepsake Field Guide, and a Contribution
    to the ACHE Scholarship Fund

    Register for the Field Trip Waterfall Tour and Scholarship Fundraiser today!

    Trip Leader: Dr. Greg Plumb, Author of Waterfall Lover's Guide to the Pacific Northwest

    There are over 120 waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge of Washington & Oregon. Within just a few hours time, you will visit among the best ones accessible via the magnificent Columbia Gorge Highway.  Tour stops include Latourell Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, and Elowah Falls.

    Click for more information and conference registration, then tell us (and the world) what you are most looking forward to about this year's conference using the hashtag #ACHEimagine or mention @ACHEinc on Twitter and Facebook.

    We are looking forward to seeing you there! 


    Clare Roby
    President, ACHE

  • August 25, 2017 5:30 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Whether your school year has already begun or is just around the corner, welcome back! We hope you are as excited about this semester as we are! 

    Are you making plans to attend the 79th Annual ACHE Conference and Meeting in Portland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2017?  Click for more information and registration, then tell us (and the world) what you are most looking forward to about this year's conference using the hashtag #ACHEimagine or mention @ACHEinc on Twitter and Facebook. 


    Joining us in beautiful Portland, Oregon –
    The City of Roses!

    Let me introduce one of our exciting keynote speakers: Dr. Radhika Seshan

    Re-imagining Continuing Education: Innovation for Future Ready Organizations

    Join us for a look at higher education trends presented by Dr. Radhika Seshan, UCLA Extension. Re-imagining continuing education means thinking globally and embracing emerging opportunities. Dr. Seshan will explore strategies for architecting change to create future ready continuing education organizations.

    Radhika Seshan is the Associate Dean of Business Development and Chief Operating Officer for UCLA Extension, a position she has held since June 2016. 

    Before UCLA Extension, Dr. Seshan was the Executive Director of Continuing Education Programs in Bellevue College where she successfully designed a strategic plan to improve the portfolio performance of 2000 courses offered to 19,000 students.

    Dr. Seshan's previous roles include building innovative new products and teams in technology and telecommunications. She has launched new software products and services at AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies across the United States and Europe.

    Always a transformative leader, Dr. Seshan's self-described interest in higher education includes areas of strategic planning and emerging non-traditional education delivery models; creating immersive and customized student experiences through technology and operations innovation; Ed tech startups and global education trends.

    Dr. Seshan holds a BA in Economics from Chennai University of India. She has attended Brown University and holds a PhD in International Economics from University of Houston. She is married and has two children. On her spare time, she enjoys taking hikes with her family, photography, live jazz and blues and traveling. 

  • August 11, 2017 11:01 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Dear ACHE Colleagues,

    • Do you know an ACHE member who is studying in the field of adult continuing higher education? 
    • Are you conducting research to promote the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education?
    • Are you working on a graduate degree and interested in attending the ACHE annual conference?
    • Do you have CE staff members who would benefit from participating in an ACHE professional development event to further their professional development and hone their skills?
    • Could your institution use a minigrant to support a special initiative, project, or research effort that would advance the field of continuing education?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider applying for an ACHE Grant or Scholarship! Click here for details.

    If you have any questions or need additional information, let us know. Grant and Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on October 24 during the 2017 ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

    And if you haven’t yet done so, be sure to vote for ACHE Vice President and Directors at Large. Candidate information is available here.  Ballots were sent to eligible ACHE members on August 4. If you didn’t receive your ballot, contact the ACHE Home Office at


    Clare Roby
    President, ACHE

  • August 04, 2017 3:57 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Imagine the great presentations you will experience in Portland!

    The 79th Annual ACHE Conference & Meeting is less than three months away, and the conference planning committee is hard at work creating an exceptional event that you don't want to miss!

    Program details are available on the conference website. Take a look at the excellent line up of concurrent sessions and workshops and learn more about the keynote speakers. Additional details will be added to the conference website as the conference team continues our work, so stay tuned and get excited about the professional development and networking opportunities in store for us.

    If you haven't registered yet, be sure to do so soon and take advantage of the early bird registration rate. Click here for more details.

    We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

  • July 28, 2017 9:44 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) would like to recognize Nassau Community College (NCC) Center for Workforce Development, recipient of an ACHE Institutional Minigrant, for completing its first semester of the Hospitality Career Pathway Program.

    May 25, 2017: NCC’s Hospitality Career Pathway Program Graduation Day with students, funders, and instructors.

    Program Overview

    From January through May 2017, the Hospitality Career Pathway Program provided 20 Latino/a immigrants and first-generation Americans who were or had been employed in low-end hospitality industry jobs with 162 hours of instruction.  The program improved the students’ skills and knowledge, substantially impacting their ability to climb their chosen career ladder.  Students who completed the program (90% of the 20 students) received a Certificate of Completion and were provided the opportunity to sit for the ServSafe® exam to earn the national certification offered through NCC's Business Hospitality Department.

    Student Outcomes to Date

    • Four (4) students have earned the ServSafe® certification,
    • One (1) has received a promotion and four (4) plan to seek a promotion at their current places of employment,
    • One (1) has received a pay increase and eleven (11) intend to look for another (higher-paying) job,
    • Twelve (12) have expressed interest in continuing their education by taking another English language skills class,
    • Four (4) have expressed interest in earning their high school diploma, and
    • Eleven (11) have expressed interest in taking another course.

    To learn more about the Hospitality Career Pathway Program, which was funded in part by ACHE, please read the full year-end report.

    To learn more about ACHE's Institutional Minigrants, as well as other grants and scholarships, please click here. 

  • July 21, 2017 5:14 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Ravi Hutheesing is a keynote speaker who builds his brand globally as a cultural-entrepreneur. His journey as a rock star, aviator, and cultural diplomat reveals unparalleled insight and strategies that have helped businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia bridge generational and cultural divides. Additionally, the US Department of State engages Ravi as a cultural diplomat to create programs worldwide that foster exchange and mutual understanding, and he partners with Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in India, which serves as a home and high-quality educational setting for the poorest of the poor. 

    The first American-born member of India's Nehru-Gandhi family who created and governed the world's largest democracy for over 40 years, Ravi is the grand-nephew of Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first Prime Minister), the nephew of Indira Gandhi (India's only female Prime Minister), and the cousin of Rajiv Gandhi (India's youngest Prime Minister). For more information, please visit RaviUnites.

    Millennial Mojo: Re-Imagining the Future of Education

    If you want to feel very optimistic about the future, look no further. While one cannot generalize an entire generation, anticipating and influencing the positive impact that Millennials will have as leaders in education, business, and government is a tremendous opportunity. They are the largest generation, soon-to-be most influential in global leadership, and will live longer than their predecessors. Their magic—or "mojo"—is shaping the world.

    Ravi's vantage point is uniquely relevant as a member of "Generation X"—the bridge between Millennials and Baby-Boomers. He takes his audiences on an inspiring personal journey that navigates the globe turning dreams into realities, yielding unparalleled insights into generations and cultures throughout the presentation.

    In this eye-opening and thought-provoking keynote, discover how much the generations actually have in common and how to use these commonalities as building blocks for collaboration. Ravi depicts an optimistic future based on millennial character traits including their love for the arts (the key to teaching empathy), proclivity for entrepreneurship (the key to fostering identity), and natural ability to rise above social injustices. He also challenges audiences to consider how Artificial Intelligence will drive revenue and unemployment, the impact that will have on the disaffection of youth and vulnerability to radicalism, and how the millennial entrepreneurial spirit is critical in managing the consequences. Ultimately, Ravi empowers Boomers, Xers, and Millennials to successfully collaborate in order to overcome local to global challenges and maximize opportunities. For a personalized introduction, please Meet Ravi.

    We look very forward to having him and seeing all of you in Portland 2017!


  • June 30, 2017 5:00 PM | Kelli Smith

    The Association for Continuing Higher Education would like to congratulate the 13 members who graduated from the 2017 Emerging Leader Institute.    

    ELI Graduates: Nicolette Aduama, Annie Baghdayan, Megan Bess, Deah Caldwell, Erin Crisp, Andrea Dunkirk, LaDawn Jones, Kyle Lankford, Patrick McClain, Lisa Pryor, Kimberly Rutigliano, Kerri White, and Sarah Wiegman.

    We also want to thank the speakers for putting on stellar presentations:

    • Paula E. Peinovich, PhD
    • Susan Campbell, PhD
    • Sean Gallagher, PhD
    • Roxanne Gonzales, PhD
    • Belinda P. Biscoe, PhD

    Member comments and highlights:

    • Getting to hear speakers with relevant and timely information
    • Tremendous networking opportunities
    • Quality presentations
    • Each speaker brought another aspect of leadership to the institute and gave something to reflect upon
    • Great learning opportunity
    • The reception and dinner allowed opportunities for the attendees to get to know one another
    • Valuable information and takeaways
    • Overall content was spot on
    • The balance of lecture, activity, and discussion was perfect
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