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2018 ACHE Great Plains Regional Meeting


March 8 & 9, 2018
Northeastern State University
3100 E. New Orleans
Broken Arrow, OK 74014


$80 - Early Bird Rate for members
$95 - Early Bird Rate for non-members
$115 - Regular registration
$35 - Full-time students
$35 - Half-day registration


See the full agenda here.
Or, download conference flyer here.


Early-bird registration until Feb. 23, 2018

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Bass Pro - SOLD OUT!!!
2201 North Stone Wood Circle
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Call (918) 355-3200 for reservations
Rates: $85 per night for King Bed, $83.00 per night for 2 Queen Beds
Conference Code: ACH
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Overflow Hotel
Stoney Creek Hotel

King Beds - $85.00
2 Queen Beds - $85.00

The last day to make reservations at the special group rate is March 1, 2018.

Meeting Topic

Adult Learner: Imagine the Workforce of the Future

Join us at the beautiful Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University for the 2018 ACHE Great Plains Regional Meeting! We look forward to having you on our campus for some incredible ACHE-Style conversations and networking. Panel discussions from Community Colleges, Career Techs and Universities on Workforce.

Keynote Speakers

Katherine Wesley

Luncheon Keynote, Thursday, March 8th

Assistant Professor of Practice, Executive Director National Council of Instructional Administrators

Ph.D., Educational Administration-Higher Education Leadership, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012
M.Ed., Educational Administration-Higher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011
B.A., Criminal Justice, Washington State University, 2006
ATA, Paralegal Studies, Skagit Valley College, 1996

Katherine Wesley is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Educational Administration and the Executive Director of the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA). As the executive director, Wesley has organized NCIA presentations on the college completion agenda and pathways and partnerships. She is also the editor of Instructional Leadership Abstracts and recently co-authored the entry on Nebraska community colleges for Fifty State Systems of Community Colleges: Mission, Governance, Funding & Accountability.

Wesley teaches courses on community colleges, issues in higher education administration and law and higher education. She advises master's students and students pursuing the community college leadership certificate.


2013-Present, Assistant Professor of Practice and Executive Director of National Council of Instructional Administrators, Department of Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2010-2013, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


American Association of Community Colleges, AACC Coalition of Affiliate Councils, Nebraska Community College Association, Golden Key International Honour Society, American Association of University Women, Council for the Study of Community Colleges

Marthann Schulte

Mid-day Keynote, Thursday, March 8th – 12:45 p.m.

A member of the Academic Strategy team with Pearson Online Learning Services.  Her career in higher education began in 1997 as a full time community college faculty member and continues unabated to the present, specializing in online and adult education.  Marthann has vast experience as both a faculty member (achieving tenure and full professor status) and administrator.

As an Academic Strategist for Pearson Online Learning Services, Marthann works with academic partner institutions to examine, prioritize, plan and launch online programs – focusing on curriculum innovation.  Faculty collaboration is a hallmark of these academic relationships which include myriad public, private, large and small colleges and universities.  Marthann’s higher education initiatives have included online instructor training/mentoring/evaluation, curriculum design, instructional design, program planning, online course scheduling, adult education and military education.  She is active in higher education service associations, especially the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE).  She has past and present experience as an adjunct instructor and education contractor/consultant.

Marthann’s doctorate of philosophy, curriculum and instruction, is from Kansas State University.  Her dissertation and coursework emphasized online learning.  She has a master’s degree (history) and bachelor’s degree (history education) from Fort Hays State University. 

Marthann works remotely from Portsmouth, VA.  She is an active-duty Army spouse and mother.

Rita Robbins

Afternoon Keynote, Thursday, March 8th – 3:45 p.m.

Microsoft 21 years, currently Master Trainer of Trainers, responsible for endorsement, development, governance, coaching and remediation of 1500 volunteer internal trainers, for Microsoft Worldwide Learning organization.  Training delivery is a stretch goal for all of our trainers, acting as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for their programs and is in additional to their daily role.

Previously at Microsoft, have held roles as a Program Manager for role lifecycle, learning and development of all Services employees; PM for Services Onboarding, 101 programs and Academies, which are advanced studies for those who are mature in role.  Have held the role of Technical Support Manager (TAM), working in IT to support proactive and reactive support services for large global customers and small regional customers.  Held roles in Sales, Account Management, Technical roles in IT Crisis Management, Design Engineering, Technical Evangelism, Bell Labs Unix development and mainframe network design engineering. Over 35 years of IT, technical experience as well as learning and development involvement.

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